What went right: Pretty much everything. The Buffs shot 59.7 percent from the floor, held North Dakota State to 25 percent, out-rebounded the Bison 60-33 and got everybody involved in the game.
What went wrong: Not much to complain about; having 18 turnovers was about the only black mark.
Star of the game: Janea Bunn. The junior, in her first season at CU, posted her first career double-double, with career highs in points (21) and rebounds (11). She also had four blocks and two steals.
What's next: The Buffs will travel to Colorado State on Dec. 6.
Dropping dimes, hitting shots and helping the Colorado women's basketball team to a victory.
This is what Peyton Carter has dreamed about for years, and on Wednesday night, the Monarch High School graduate was stellar.
Coming off the bench, the freshman had 12 points, eight assists and just one turnover in her 21 minutes to help the Buffaloes to an easy 108-59 win against North Dakota State at Coors Events Center.
"It's just a confidence booster and it's just so much fun getting out there and obviously playing well, that's really fun, too," Carter said.
In routing the Bison (5-2), just about everybody played well for the Buffs (6-1), who have won five in a row.
Junior point guard Kennedy Leonard had a double-double and flirted with a triple-double (16 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds). Junior forward Janea Bunn recorded her first career double-double (21 points, 11 rebounds). Brecca Thomas came off the bench to score 14 points — just two off her career high. Freshman Mya Hollingshed had a career-high 11 points.
"Every Buff that played tonight played well, played aggressively, rebounded, pushed in transition," CU head coach JR Payne said. "That's what you love to see as a coach."
For Carter, though, this was the type of performance she dreamed about growing up in Louisville and attending CU games.
While this wasn't against Pac-12 level competition, it was a sign that Carter's got the goods to be a valuable backup to Leonard throughout the season.
"What didn't we see (from Carter)?" Payne said. "We saw rebounding; we saw scoring; we see an eight assist to one turnover ratio. Peyton was awesome in transition. We're always asking her to shoot the ball and be ready to score the ball and I think she did everything that we wanted her and needed her to do tonight."
From the moment she entered the game, Carter looked like a poised veteran, rather than a true freshman who had played just 19 minutes all season coming in.
"When I first went in, I just told myself I wasn't going to rush or anything," she said. "We always talk about getting in the flow of the game. I tried to do a good job of just running the offense and passing and not being super aggressive and I think that helped me get in the flow of the game."
Proving she can run the offense and complement Leonard, Carter said, "That's a confidence booster, as well. I have to show my worth, kind of, so if I were to go out there and just be timid and not do what a point guard is supposed to do, obviously that wouldn't be good."
This game was also big for Bunn, a junior college transfer who has started all year, but had her best game as a Buff.
"It's pretty exciting," she said. "I feel like it's definitely helped my confidence a lot and just letting me know that I can do this and I'm supposed to be playing here."
On this night, all the Buffs looked like they belonged, and it kept a strong start to the season going.
"There is no such thing as a perfect game, but our team played really well tonight and I'm really proud of us and everybody's effort," Payne said.
This was the 28th time in school history that CU has scored at least 100 points, and the first time since Nov. 30, 2016, against Southeastern Louisiana. ... Leonard's double-double was the fifth of her career. ... Leonard had five assists in the first quarter, tying her own CU record for assists in a quarter. ... CU's field-goal percentage (59.7) was its best for a game since hitting 61.9 percent at Kansas on Feb. 1, 2006.
Colorado 108, North Dakota State 59
North Dakota State (5-2)
Thunstedt 3-10 4-4 13, R. Jacobson 2-10 3-4 7, Kvilvang 1-6 1-2 3, Fernandez 1-4 0-2 3, S. Jacobson 3-12 1-2 7, Ogden 0-3 0-0 0, Nudell 4-9 0-0 10, Gaislerova 1-6 0-0 2, Childers 2-4 2-3 7, Spencer 0-4 0-0 0, Dietz 0-0 1-2 1, Voegeli 2-8 2-2 6. Totals 19-76 14-21 59..
Bunn 9-12 3-4 21, Jank 3-5 0-0 6, Robinson 2-3 0-0 4, Leonard 5-8 6-6 16, Knight 3-5 0-0 6, Carter 5-8 2-3 12, Thomas 7-7 0-0 14, Correal 2-3 0-0 4, Hollingshed 4-10 2-2 11, Diop 3-7 0-0 6, Castro 2-6 0-0 6, Curtis 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 46-77 13-15 108..
Score by quarters:North Dakota State 11 19 14 15 — 59
Colorado 28 23 29 28 — 108
3-point goals — NDSU 7-26 (Thunstedt 3-8, Nudell 2-6, Fernandez 1-3, Childers 1-1, S. Jacobson 0-6, Gaislerova 0-2). Colorado 3-10 (Castro 2-2, Hollingshed 1-3, Carter 0-2, Leonard 0-2, Robinson 0-1). Rebounds — NDSU 33 (Voegeli 5), Colorado 60 (Bunn 11). Assists — NDSU 13 (Fernandez 4), Colorado 23 (Leonard 10). Steals — NDSU 9 (Thunstedt 3), Colorado 13 (Castro 3). Turnovers — NDSU 19, Colorado 18. Total fouls — NDSU 11, Colorado 16. Fouled out — None. A — 1,250.