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What went right: The Buffs shot well (51.9 percent), limited Air Force to just 27.4 percent and out-rebounded the Falcons 47-26.

What went wrong: Too many turnovers (22) continue to plague the Buffs, who let the winless Falcons hang around for two and a half quarters.

Star of the game: Kennedy Leonard. The junior had 17 points and eight assists and hit a 3-pointer that sparks a 28-2 run to seal the game.

What's next: The Buffs return home Thursday to host Westminster (Mo.) College at 7 p.m.

Freshman Annika Jank posted another double-double and the Colorado women's basketball team used a big run in the third quarter to pull away for a 68-43 win at Air Force on Friday night at Clune Arena.

Jank finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double this season for the Buffaloes (8-2). Junior point guard Kennedy Leonard added 17 points and eight assists, as the Buffs rebounded from a surprising loss at home to Dartmouth on Monday.

Against the host Falcons (0-10), the Buffs got off to a slow start. They trailed 15-11 after one quarter and led by just two, 30-28, at halftime.

Midway through the third, CU's lead was still just two, 38-36, before the Buffs went on a 17-0 run.

"We had a little talk at halftime about playing with pride and we came out with a different level of intensity," head coach JR Payne said. "Offensively, defensively, on the glass, I think we were a different ball club in the first five minutes of the third quarter than we were in the entire first half."


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A 3-pointer by Leonard with 4:03 to play in the third sparked the run. Five different Buffs scored during that surge, including two buckets from reserve center Jaimie Curtis.

CU continued to pull away in the fourth. In fact, starting with Leonard's 3, CU outscored the Falcons 28-2 over a stretch of nine minutes and led by as many as 28 points.

"We ran a couple defenses that we hadn't done until the last two days, but it was great effort and we were flying around," Payne said. "We were really long and we rebounded a lot out of it, which is sometimes a concern in zone (defense)."

Aubrey Knight added six points and six rebounds for CU, while guard Sara Castro came off the bench to contribute four points, two rebounds and three steals.

Colorado 68, Air Force 43

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COLORADO (8-2)

Bunn 2-5 1-2 5, Robinson 3-8 0-0 7, Leonard 6-11 4-4 17, Knight 3-3 0-0 6, Jank 7-10 2-3 16, Carter 0-1 3-4 3, Hollingshed 2-3 0-0 5, Dip 0-2 1-2 1, Castro 2-6 0-0 4, Curtis 2-3 0-2 4. Totals 27-52 11-17 68..

AIR FORCE (0-10)

Bennett 3-8 2-2 8, Porter 2-14 2-3 6, Conroe 0-3 0-0 0, Chapman 1-3 0-0 2, Immel 6-18 1-2 16, Springfield 0-0 0-0 0, Beale 0-0 0-0 0, Itugbu 0-0 0-0 0, McFalls 0-0 0-0 0, Rains 2-7 0-2 5, Hughes 3-9 0-0 6. Totals 17-62 5-9 43..

Score by quarters:

Colorado11192513—68Air Force151387—43

3-point field goals — Colorado 3-10 (Leonard 1-4, Robinson 1-2, Hollingshed 1-1, Castro 0-2, Diop 0-1). Air Force 4-17 (Immel 3-9, Rains 1-4, Conroe 0-2, Bennett 0-1, Porter 0-1). Rebounds — Colorado 47 (Jank 11), Air Force 26 (Bennett 6). Assists — Colorado 11 (Leonard 8), Air Force 9 (Bennett 3). Steals — Colorado 10 (Leonard, Castro 3), Air Force 9 (Porter, Immel 3). Turnovers — Colorado 22, Air Force 14. Total fouls — Colorado 13, Air Force 14. Fouled out — Hughes. Attendance — 287.