The freshman front court of Arielle Roberson and Jamee Swan led the Colorado women's basketball team past Missouri-Kansas City with ease on Sunday afternoon.

Roberson scored a game high 23 points (19 in the second half) to lead the Buffs to a 78-55 victory in Kansas City, Mo. Swan, who was making her first start, added 14 points.

The pair helped CU dominate down low as the Buffs outscored the Kangaroos 42-14 in the paint and grabbed a 43-30 edge in rebounds. Roberson had six of those boards.

Jen Reese and Jasmine Sborov each pulled down eight rebounds. Reese added 10 points as the third Buff in double-figures.

Senior Chucky Jeffery made her season debut against the Kangaroos. She started the game and finished with five points and four assists in 24 minutes. She was suspended for the opener, as well as a Nov. 2 exhibition game, for violating team rules.

Kim Nezianya led UMKC (2-2) with 17 points and eight rebounds. Lauren Dudding added 12 points and Eilise O'Connor scored 10.

The Buffs (2-0) return to Boulder to hose the Omni Hotels Classic Friday and Saturday at the Coors Events Center. The tournament starts with Auburn vs. San Diego State on Friday at 5 p.m. followed by Colorado and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday the consolation game will be played at 5 p.m. followed by the championship at 7:30 p.m.


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Colorado 78, UMKC 55

COLORADO (2-0)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Swan 16 6-9 0-0 2-2 3 4 14

Hargis 24 3-4 0-0 2-8 2v3 8

B. Wilson 22 2-6 1-3 2-2 1 1 7

A. Wilson 19 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 2 2

Jeffery 24 2-9 1-2 0-0 2 3 5

Kresl 23 2-7 1-5 0-0 1 2 5

Sborov 19 1-4 0-1 0-0 8 1 2

Huggins 5 0-1 0-1 0-0 3 0 0

Roberson 19 9-12 0-0 5-5 6 2 23

Reese 21 5-8 0-0 0-0 8 1 10

Weston 8 1-3 0-1 0-0 2 1 2

Team 7

Totals 200 32-68 3-13 11-17 44 20 78

Assists (17): Hargis 4, Jeffery 4, Kresl 2, Sborov 2, Roberson 2, Reese 2, Swan.

Steals (9): B. Wilson 2, A. Wilson, Jeffery, Kresl, Sborov, Huggins, Reese, Weston.

Turnovers (10): B. Wilson 3, Kresl 2, Swan, Hargis, Jeffery, Roberson, Reese.

Blocked shots (3): A. Wilson, Sborov, Roberson.

UMKC (2-2)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Nezianya 28 6-11 1-3 4-5 8 4 17

Hill 12 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 0

O'Connor 37 3-13 1-1 3-4 1 2 10

Blakesley 25 1-5 1-4 1-2 2 3 4

Dudding 25 4-6 3-3 1-1 3 0 12

Barnwell 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Hardiek 7 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0

Leathers 23 2-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 4

Lee 9 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 2

Evans 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Houser 24 2-5 0-0 2-2 3 1 6

Team 7

Totals 200 19-51 6-12 11-14 29 13 55

Assists (11): O'Connor 3, Leathers 2, Nezianya, Hill, Blakesley, Dudding, Barnwell, Houser.

Steals (6): Nezianya 2, O'Connor, Blakesley, Barnwell, Houser.

Turnovers (18): O'Connor 5, Blakesley 3, Hardiek 2, Lee 2, Nezianya, Dudding, Barnwell, Leathers, Houser.

Blocked shots (4): Houser, Hill, Duding.

Halftime score: Colorado 36, UMKC 27.

Technical fouls -- None.

Attendance -- 756.