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RENO, Nev. — Quniessa Caylao-Do scored a game-high 16 points, and the University of Colorado overcame a 10-point deficit to beat Nevada on Friday night to open the Nevada Nugget Classic.

It’s the Buffaloes’ first 4-0 start since CU won its first 10 games of the 2016-17 season.

Caylao-Do went 7-of-8 from the field and snagged six rebounds. Alexis Robinson finished with 11 points, matching her season high, while Kennedy Leonard totaled nine points to go with five rebounds and seven assists.

Jade Redmon, Terae Briggs and Essence Booker scored 11 points apiece to pace Nevada (1-3), which shot only 30.3 percent for the game, including 2-of-14 from 3-point range.

Colorado, paced by Mathilde Diop’s seven boards off the bench, also enjoyed a 47-38 rebound advantage.

The host Wolf Pack, however, led 21-11 after the opening quarter as CU matched a quarter season-scoring low, but the Buffs answered with an 11-0 run and trailed only 27-26 at halftime.

A Robinson layup gave CU a 28-27 lead in the opening minutes of the second half, and the Buffs never looked back, outscoring the hosts 17-1 in the quarter and holding them to 0-for-12 shooting in the period.

Colorado got seven points from Caylao-Do in the quarter in opening up a 43-28 advantage.

“That was a great third quarter,” CU coach JR Payne said in a school news release. “It was a much-needed quarter. We talked all week about what a tough, physical team Nevada is. We knew that was what the game was going to come down to, and I thought Nevada was tougher than us in the first half.

“We had a lot of turnovers at halftime because of that. The second half, we did a much better job of taking the aggressor role.”

CU’s lead hit 21-points three times in the fourth quarter. Robinson helped the Buffs’ cause going 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line in the period.

Nevada did finish with a 24-22 advantage in the quarter, but the Buffs’ lead never dipped below 12 on its way to the final horn.

In all, Colorado outscored Nevada 39-25 in the second half. The Buffs shot 53.6 percent (15-of-28) over the second 20 minutes, hitting all five of their 3-pointers.

“Everyone gathered together after halftime,” Caylao-Do said in the news release. “We got together and talked about what we needed to do on defense. We figured out what was and was not working for us.

“We came out and pushed the ball and got going in transition.”

Colorado closes out the Nevada Nugget Classic against Utah State on Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for noon.

Colorado 65, Nevada 52

At Reno, Nev.


Caylao-Do 7-8 1-2 16, Robinson 4-8, 0-0 11, Leonard 2-7, 4-4 9, Jank 4-12 0-0 8, Hollingshed 4-9 0-0 8, Clarke 1-5 2-2 4, Tuitele 1-4 1-2 3, Finau 1-1 0-0 2, Knight 1-2 0-0 2, Volcy 1-1 0-0 2, Diop 0-1 0-2 0 Swartz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-58 8-12 65.

NEVADA (1-3)

Redmon 4-11 3-5 11, Briggs 4-7 3-4 11, Booker 5-9 0-0 11, King 2-11 0-0 5, West 0-4 1-2 1, Lacy 3-12 3-5 9, Rorbert 2-4 0-0 4, Hamilton 0-4 0-0 0, Christian 0-2 0-0 0, Dearth 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-66 10-16 52.


3-point field goals — Colorado 5-14 (Robinson 3-5, Leonard 1-4, Caylao-Do 1-2, Clarke 0-2, Jank 0-1); Nevada 2-14 (King 1-7, Booker 1-3, Christian 0-2, West 0-1, Hamilton 0-1). Rebounds — Colorado 45 (Diop 7), Nevada 38 (Lacy 8). Total fouls — Colorado 20, Nevada 15. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.

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