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CU women’s basketball posts lopsided win in Italy tour opener

The Colorado women’s basketball team found its collective shooting touch in the Buffaloes’ first game of its tour through Italy.

On Thursday, the Buffs topped Italian Select 82-36, shooting .397 from the floor while posting a whopping rebounding advantage of 74-33.

Three players scored in double figures for CU, led by 15 points from senior guard Kennedy Leonard. Leonard made her only 3-point attempt and finished 6-for-8 from the floor. Monarch graduate Peyton Carter went 3-for-6 on 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, while Annika Jank recorded a double-double with 10 points and a team-leading 10 rebounds. Every player on the Buffs’ roster played at least 14 minutes.

Defensively, the Buffs limited Italian Select to a .197 showing (14-for-71) from the floor. CU blew the game open by outscoring the hosts 17-5 in the second quarter.

Thursday’s game was played near Florence in Ponte Buggianesse. The tour continues with a game Sunday in Venice and finishes in Costa Masnaga on Tuesday.

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