Seven games into the season, the 21st-ranked Colorado women's basketball team is overflowing with confidence.

It's been quite a change from last season.

On Wednesday afternoon at Coors Events Center, the Buffaloes put an exclamation point on a perfect November, routing Southeastern Louisiana, 112-54.

After going 7-23 last season, the Buffs (7-0) have yet to lose under first-year coach JR Payne. They are off to their best start since beginning the 2013-14 season at 9-0.

"We have the same team basically, minus Jamee Swan (who graduated)," said sophomore Ariana Freeman, who scored 19 points. "I think the one thing we were lacking last year that we have this year is our confidence. To get off to a 7-0 start is incredible for us."

The Buffs had no trouble getting this win, and they posted several staggering numbers against the Lions (2-4).

It was the highest-scoring game and the most lopsided win for the Buffs since Nov. 28, 1994. Their 112 points tied for the fifth-best total in program history. The 58-point margin of victory tied for the 11th-best in the programs' history. It was the first time since Nov. 18, 2005, that they hit the 100-point mark.

Along the way, the Buffs tied the program record for blocked shots (16) and had 65 rebounds, which is their best single game total in nearly 27 years.

"There's so many great things that you can pull from this box score," Payne said. "And, just the fact that everyone kind of played equal minutes throughout the game, which is really great, too."


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Kennedy Leonard tied Freeman for the team-high with 19 points, while Zoe Correal had the best game of her career. A 6-foot-4 junior, Correal registered the second double-double of her career, posting career highs in both points (11) and rebounds (11).

"It was fun," Correal said. "It's cool to have the opportunity and know that you can do these things and really just go out there and do them. It's a good confidence builder."

Colorado’s Monica Burich dribbles past Southeastern Louisiana’s Taz Stinson on Wednesday.
Colorado's Monica Burich dribbles past Southeastern Louisiana's Taz Stinson on Wednesday. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

That was the theme of the day for the Buffs, who had seven players score in double figures. The last time they had six in double figures was 14 years ago, and records going back to 1990 don't show any games with seven double-digit scorers.

Having so many players play significant minutes, and find success in those minutes, was the most encouraging aspect of a game in which the Buffs weren't tested.

"We just feel more positive," Correal said. "We know we can do these things. Being able to complete games and to do well, it's really helping our confidence."

Notable

Point guard Brecca Thomas had 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots. The junior had one block in 68 career games before Wednesday. ... The Buffs recorded 14 steals and 22 assists. ... This is just the eighth 7-0 start in program history.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.

No. 21 Colorado 112, SE Louisiana 54,  
Colorado (7-0)

Freeman 8-15 3-3 19, Leonard 8-16 2-5 19, Correal 5-6 1-2 11, Robinson 4-11 0-0 11, Ellis 4-5 1-2 10, Smith 4-11 0-0 10, Thomas 4-5 2-2 10, Beard-Fails 2-4 3-4 7, Watts 3-3 1-2 7, Burich 3-9 0-0 6, Caylao-Do 1-5 0-0 2, Totals 46-90 13-20 112.

SE Louisiana (2-4)

Dugas 4-13 3-4 12, Warren 3-8 1-4 10, Underwood 3-12 2-3 9, Hall 2-6 2-2 6, Brailey 2-7 0-0 5, Stewart 1-4 3-3 5, Stinson 1-3 2-2 4, Stears 1-2 0-0 2, Harrison 0-0 1-4 1, Dawsey 0-2 0-0 0, Scholvin 0-4 0-0 0, Totals 17-61 14-22 54.

Colorado 22 30 22 38 —112 
SE Louisiana 12 11 21 10 —54

3-Point Goals — Colorado 7-16 (Robinson 3-4, Smith 2-4, Ellis 1-1, Leonard 1-5, Burich 0-2), SE Louisiana 6-22 (Warren 3-6, Brailey 1-4, Dugas 1-4, Underwood 1-4, Dawsey 0-2, Scholvin 0-1, Stears 0-1). Assists — Colorado 22 (Smith 5), SE Louisiana 8 (Underwood 5). Fouled Out — None. Rebounds — Colorado 65 (Correal 11), SE Louisiana 30 (Stinson 7). Total Fouls — Colorado 21, SE Louisiana 17. A — 1,195.