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Colorado's Alexis Robinson, right, defends Idaho State's Grace Kenyon on Saturday at Coors Events Center in Boulder. Go to for more photos.
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Colorado’s Alexis Robinson, right, defends Idaho State’s Grace Kenyon on Saturday at Coors Events Center in Boulder. Go to for more photos.

The Colorado women’s basketball is on a roll, but the Buffaloes don’t have to look too far into the past to realize they need to keep their foot on the gas.

On Saturday night, the 21st-ranked Buffaloes routed Idaho State 85-56 at Coors Events Center to keep their perfect record intact.

The Buffs (8-0) are off their best start since winning their first nine in 2013-14. It’s just the sixth 8-0 start in program history, and they’ve already topped their win total from all of last season, when they went 7-23.

“It’s a great feeling, but I think in the back of our heads, we still have last year, so that keeps us hungry and keeps us motivated,” said sophomore Alexis Robinson, who had a game-high 16 points in Saturday’s win. “Anything can really happen. We don’t want to over-think it.”

While it’s still early, the Buffs, under the direction of first-year head coach JR Payne, are clearly a different team than they were a year ago, and their results are a testament to their depth and chemistry.

In addition to Robinson, Haley Smith had 12 points and Ariana Freeman 11. Eleven different players scored at least four points. That type of production has been common to this point.

“It’s been really nice,” Payne said. “I told them … that the best teams I’ve ever coached have been teams where you didn’t have someone that had to go for 20 (points) in order to be successful.”

Against Idaho State (2-5), the Buffs got off to a hot start, taking a 30-11 lead after the first quarter. They never let the Bengals back in the game.

Off the bench, Zoe Beard-Fails had nine points, while Monica Burich had eight points and eight rebounds.

“The best part is we’re all so excited for each other,” Burich said. “We all want one another to do well. No matter who is scoring, we all get excited. It’s so fun to see one another excel to the point where we know that we can. It’s just fun to play with everybody.”

So far, each of the Buffs’ wins have come by at least 10 points. This was the fifth game decided by at least 21 points.

All those blowout victories are allowing Payne to mix up her lineups, giving players opportunities to get used to different sets of teammates on the court.

“I think that’s really important to be able to do that,” Payne said. “To have these types of opportunities, you never know what a game is going to look like, what a season is going to look like as far as needing people. Maybe we have to go big all of a sudden and we have to play three post players at one time.

“I think it’s great experience. I think it’s great for coaches to be able to try different lineups and see what works. It’s good for us.”


Point guard Kennedy Leonard finished with five points, snapping a streak of eight games in a row — dating back to last season — with double digits. She came in averaging 17.9 points per game. … The Buffs went 12-for-25 from 3-point range, the most 3-pointers they’ve hit in a game having 14 at Missouri on Feb. 23, 2010. … The Buffs will host Colorado State on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.

CU 85, Idaho St. 56
Colorado (8-0)

Robinson 6-11 0-0 16, Smith 5-6 0-0 12, Freeman 3-8 5-6 11, Beard-Fails 2-3 3-4 9, Burich 4-9 0-0 8, Caylao-Do 1-5 2-2 5, Ellis 2-3 0-0 5, Leonard 2-10 0-0 5, Thomas 2-5 0-0 5, Watts 2-2 1-2 5, Correal 2-2 0-0 4, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 31-64 11-14 85.

Idaho St. (2-5)

Grandon 4-6 3-3 11, Brown 3-6 3-4 10, Kochenderfer 3-4 2-5 9, Kenyon 2-13 2-4 7, Newton 1-7 3-4 6, Ors 0-4 5-6 5, Tapasa 1-4 0-0 2, Thacker 1-7 0-0 2, Vara de Rey 1-1 0-0 2, Vicente 0-1 2-2 2, Morch 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 16-53 20-28 56.


Idaho St.;11;14;15;16;—;56

3-Point Goals — Colorado 12-25 (Robinson 4-7, Beard-Fails 2-2, Smith 2-2, Caylao-Do 1-3, Ellis 1-2, Leonard 1-5, Thomas 1-2, Burich 0-1, Freeman 0-1), Idaho St. 4-18 (Brown 1-2, Kenyon 1-5, Kochenderfer 1-1, Newton 1-4, Grandon 0-2, Ors 0-2, Thacker 0-2). Assists — Colorado 22 (Leonard 6), Idaho St. 9 (Kenyon 2). Fouled Out — None. Rebounds — Colorado 37 (Burich 8), Idaho St. 38 (Brown 7). Total Fouls — Colorado 25, Idaho St. 16. A — 1,602.

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