Colorado’s Aubrey Knight takes a shot over Colorado State’s Mollie Mounsey on Wednesday at CU Events Center. Go to BuffZone.com for more photos
Colorado's Aubrey Knight takes a shot over Colorado State's Mollie Mounsey on Wednesday at CU Events Center. Go to BuffZone.com for more photos (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

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What went right: The Buffs played well on defense and dominated the boards to pull away from the Rams.

What went wrong: It was a rough night of shooting for both teams. The Buffs made just 28.8 percent of their shots and missed 28 of 38 shots from 3-point range. They were also just 53.8 percent at the line.

Star of the game: Mya Hollingshed. The sophomore had a game-high 15 points, along with seven rebounds.

What's next: CU will host North Carolina on Sunday at CU Events Center at 1 p.m.

In the opening moments of the third quarter on Wednesday night, Colorado's Mya Hollingshed didn't put too much thought into the shot she was about to take.

"I just shot it because I was wide open again and it felt good coming off my hand," the sophomore said.

Draining that 3-pointer set the tone for the second half and sparked the CU women's basketball team's 59-40 rout of rival Colorado State at CU Events Center.

Hollingshed scored a game-high 15 points, including 3-for-7 from 3-point range, and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Buffaloes (2-0), who won their third in a row against the Rams (1-1).

The 19-point margin of victory was the largest in the series in six years, and the CSU's 40 points was the lowest total for either team since a 62-40 CU win on Jan. 14, 1977.


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"It was a great game," CU head coach JR Payne said. "We knew Colorado State would have a game plan that would try to slow us down, as we like to play fast and they like to play a little bit slower, and I thought they were pretty effective with that in the first half.

"Our defense kept us in the game and then the second half we were able to make some adjustments that we were much more aggressive offensively and defensively."

Neither team shot the ball well, with CU hitting at 28.8 percent and CSU at 26.9. That led to a sloppy first half, but the Buffs led throughout the half because of some timely shots.

Hollingshed scored 10 points in the first quarter, including a pair of 3s.

"My feet were set on a lot of those shots and they were wide open, so I just took it," she said. "I felt good about it. I just shot it and let it fall."

That wound up being the theme of the night for the Buffs, who attempted a program-record 38 3-pointers. They made just 10 of them, however.

"We talked about, 'OK, we don't want to just shoot a bunch of 3s and then I think four of our first five shots were 3s," Payne said, "but they were so open it's like we just couldn't resist."

Colorado guard Alexis Robinson drives to the hoop on Wednesday at CU Events Center.
Colorado guard Alexis Robinson drives to the hoop on Wednesday at CU Events Center. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

CSU pulled within 24-21 late in the first half until Quinessa Caylao-Do and Alexis Robinson hit back-to-back 3s to extend the lead to nine going into halftime.

When Hollingshed's 3 early in the third fell, the rout was on. That sparked a 9-0 run to open the half, and CU led by as many as 26.

"Mya's 3 early in the second half I thought was one of the biggest 3s of the night, and it really boosted our confidence," Payne said.

Freshman Peanut Tuitele displayed her confidence, too, with 14 points and nine rebounds. She had six offensive rebounds and scored several of her points on put-backs.

Led by Tuitele and Hollingshed, the Buffs dominated the boards, 56-40.

Notable

The previous CU record for 3-point attempts in a game was 37, against Buffalo on Jan. 3, 2004, and against Baylor on March 5, 2011. ... Kennedy Leonard added eight points, seven rebounds and six assists. ... Freshmen Cameron Swartz and Kai Volcy made their collegiate debuts for the Buffs.

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

 

Colorado 59, Colorado State 40

At CU Events Center

COLORADO STATE (1-1)

Hamm 1-4 1-2 3, Colaivalu 3-5 0-0 6, Mounsey 5-11 1-2 14, Devos 4-16 0-3 9, Neubert 1-6 0-0 2, Mole 0-5 0-0 0, Svanholm 0-5 6-8 6, Brocke 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-52 8-15 40..

COLORADO (2-0)

Caylao-Do 2-5 0-0 5, Robinson 2-12 0-0 5, Leonard 3-10 0-0 8, Hollingshed 5-9 2-4 15, Jank 0-4 4-4 4, Swartz 0-4 0-0 0, Clarke 1-7 0-0 3, Finau 0-2 0-0 0, Carter 0-2 0-0 0, Diop 0-2 0-0 0, Knight 2-5 0-0 5, Volcy 0-0 0-0 0, Tuitele 6-11 1-5 14. Team 21-73 7-13 59..

Score by quarters:

Colorado State 13 8 9 10 — 40

Colorado 14 16 15 14 — 59

3-point goals — CSU 4-17 (Mounsey 3-8, Devos 1-3, Hamm 0-2, Mole 0-2, Svanholm 0-2), Colorado 10-38 (Hollingshed 3-7, Leonard 2-6, Robinson 1-8, Caylao-Do 1-4, Clarke 1-4, Knight 1-1, Tuitele 1-1, Swartz 0-3, Finau 0-2, Jank 0-1, Carter 0-1. Rebounds — CSU 40 (Devos 8), Colorado 56 (Tuitele 9). Assists — CSU 6 (Brocke), Colorado 13 (Leonard 6). Steals — CSU 5 (Colaivalu 4), Colorado 11 (Caylao-Do). Turnovers — CSU 21, Colorado 18. Total fouls — CSU 14, Colorado 21. Fouled out — Colaivalu, Hollingshed. A — 1,394.