What went right: The Buffs controlled the glass, played aggressive defense and dominated the first half en route to an easy win.
What went wrong: Not much, other than it took the Buffs a little bit to get going, taking 3:33 to hit their first bucket and more than five minutes to get their first lead.
Star of the game: Alexis Robinson. The senior got the Buffs going, with all 13 of her points in the first half. She also added a pair of steals.
What's next: CU will take some time off before hosting Samford on Dec. 20.
Prior to tipoff on Wednesday night at CU Events Center, senior Alexis Robinson was honored for a career milestone.
After tipoff, Robinson sparked the Colorado women's basketball team to a 79-38 rout of Prairie View A&M.
Robinson scored 13 points, all in the first 15 minutes, to help the Buffaloes (9-1) to their third consecutive win.
Two games earlier, on Dec. 6, Robinson hit the 1,000-point mark for her career, becoming the 31st player in program history to hit the mark. She now sits at 1,027 points.
"To be honest, I forgot I was getting recognized," Robinson said. "During warm-ups we were talking a lot and we had a really good warm-up, so I think that's what got me going."
While Robinson, a 5-foot-10 guard from Ashland, Ky., still has most of her senior year to play, she's already cementing her place among the most prolific scorers in CU history.
"It's pretty cool to be in the record books and be remembered, so I'm pretty blessed," she said.
On Wednesday, she got herself and the Buffs going in typical fashion, by draining 3-pointers against the Panthers (3-4).
CU trailed 5-2 early, but back-to-back 3s by Robinson sparked a 10-0 run that turned into a 38-7 advantage over the final 16:27 of the half.
"It was a great feeling," said Robinson, who is tied with teammate Kennedy Leonard for ninth on CU's career list with 148 3-pointers. "We were playing really well, we were playing on both ends and it was pretty awesome. We haven't done that in a while, so it was good to do that."
CU led 40-12 at the break, with Prairie View A&M's point total being the lowest scored by a CU opponent in the first half since Texas State had 12 on Dec. 1, 2010.
The Buffs led by as many 43 points in the second half, as they kept the foot on the gas.
"I thought it was a great bounce back," head coach JR Payne said. "We won our last game (Sunday against Navy), but I don't think any of us felt great at the conclusion of last game, because the second half wasn't as clean as we would have liked it to be. I think we poured a lot of effort as a staff and as a team into improving some of the areas we struggled in during the second half against Navy. I thought our team responded very well."
Mya Hollingshed posted her third consecutive double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Leonard added 10 points.
With the game in hand, the Buffs were able to give quality minutes to several young players, including freshman guard Cameron Swartz, who had a season-high 12 points. Emma Clarke added nine points and Peyton Carter seven, while Mathilde Diop had six points, five rebounds and four assists.
"We're really close and to see them develop and us develop over practice and come out and show what they can do on the court, it was really awesome to see," Swartz said.
Leonard, who came in averaging 8.0 assists per game, matched her career low with just one. With 602 career assists, she is 10 behind CU's all-time leader, Bridget Turner. ... Prairie View A&M's 38 points were the fewest by a CU opponent since Alcorn State had 33 on Nov. 15, 2013.
Colorado 79, Prairie View A&M 38
At CU Events Center
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (3-4)
Nealey 1-1 2-2 4, Ford 2-7 1-1 5, Shepherd 0-3 0-0 0, Willis 2-7 0-0 4, Newman 2-11 2-2 7, Campbell 0-1 0-0 0, Dobbins 3-12 3-5 9, Cobb 1-2 2-4 4, Tolbert 1-9 0-0 3, Williams 0-4 2-2 2, Penniman 0-6 0-0 0, Tieuel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-63 12-16 38..
Tuitele 0-2 0-0 0, Caylao-Do 2-7 2-3 6, Robinson 4-8 2-2 13, Leonard 3-11 3-4 10, Hollingshed 5-13 1-2 11, Swartz 4-7 1-1 12, Volcy 0-1 0-2 0, Jank 0-4 1-2 1, Diop 2-5 2-3 6, Clarke 2-5 5-6 9, Finau 2-2 0-0 4, Carter 2-3 2-2 7. Totals 26-68 19-27 79..
Score by quarters:PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 8 4 13 13 — 38
COLORADO 19 21 23 16 — 79
3-point goals — PVAM 2-26 (Newman 1-9, Tolbert 1-8, Penniman 0-5, Dobbins 0-2, Shepherd 0-1, Willis 0-1), Colorado 8-19 (Swartz 3-5, Robinson 3-4, Leonard 1-4, Carter 1-2, Hollingshed 0-2, Tuitele 0-1, Clarke 0-1). Rebounds — PVAM 40 (Williams 12), Colorado 58 (Hollingshed 11). Assists — PVAM 5 (Nealey 2), Colorado 17 (Diop 4). Steals — PVAM 7 (Newman 4), Colorado 16 (Hollingshed 3). Turnovers — PVAM 21, Colorado 17. Total fouls — PVAM 21, Colorado 19. Fouled out — Ford, Volcy. A - 1,302.