With that in mind, No. 23 Colorado may need to start relying more on Jamee Swan.
The true freshman from Arizona grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds and chipped in eight points and a block in Tuesday's 67-57 win against Utah.
"My role on the team is to run the floor and rebound," said Swan, who helped the Buffs to a 42-27 advantage in rebounds. "I just felt like I needed to get my work done for my team. I want to be in there to do something to help the team."
The 6-foot-2 Swan came into the night averaging just 11.2 minutes per game, but she had made the most of those minutes. She was posting 3.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Tuesday night may have been her best game. The Buffs were getting beat on the boards early on, but then sent Swan to the floor. She had eight rebounds by halftime, already topping her previous best of seven. She wound up playing a season-high 22 minutes.
"She played like she was an upperclassman today," Buffs head coach Linda Lappe said. "It was kind of a breakout game for her. It's something we need from her every single night. She has the capabilities of doing that and I think this was a great confidence builder for her."
Swan's strength and athleticism make her one of the Buffs' best rebounders, which ought to come in handy against the size of CU's Pac-12 competition.
"I hope to play enough of a role that I make an impact," she said.
Moving on up
CU senior Chucky Jeffery continues to climb the ladder on CU's career charts. With 28 points on Tuesday, she now has 1,398 for her career, putting her in 12th place - just one point behind Jenny Roulier. Jeffery passed Diane Hiemstra and Mandy Nightingale on Tuesday.
Jeffery also passes Sabrina Scott to move into sixth place on the career rebound list, with 775.
For the first time in her career, Buffs freshman Arielle Roberson was held to single digits in points. She finished with eight points on just 2-of-7 shooting.
Roberson had scored at least 10 points in each of her first 13 games, setting a school record for double-digit scoring games to start a career.
Utah's Michelle Plouffe had 10 points during the first 8:28 on Tuesday, making both of her 3-point shots.
The 6-4 forward had just seven points during the final 31 minutes and didn't attempt a 3-pointer in the final 28 minutes.
"We stayed closer to her," Lappe said. "She got off way too many 3s in the first half. When she gets them off, she's going to make them; she just didn't get as many off in the second half. We threw a lot of different players at her. We had a lot of different players step up and do some work on her and I thought that helped us stay fresh on her."
CU has held all three Pac-12 opponents under 60 points. ... The Buffs are 12-0 when out-rebounding its opponents this season. ... After making four of seven 3-pointers in the first half, Utah was 2-for-14 in the second half. ... CU's 67 points is the second-most scored against Utah this season (Stanford beat the Utes 70-56). ... Freshman Lauren Huggins missed her seventh consecutive game with a stress fracture in her right leg. Huggins, who hasn't played since Dec. 5, wore a walking boot Tuesday. ... CU wore its gold home jersey for the first time this season. ... Utah leads the series 11-10, but CU is 3-1 against the Utes since the two schools joined the Pac-12 last year.
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