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Women’s basketball: CU Buffs defeat Wyoming on road

Emma Clarke’s double-double leads Colorado

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LARAMIE, Wyo. – Colorado’s balance and depth paid off once again on Sunday.

Led by Emma Clarke’s first career double-double, the CU women’s basketball team defeated host Wyoming, 66-56, at Arena Auditorium to remain undefeated.

The Buffs (3-0) had four players score in double figures, with Mya Hollingshed’s 17 points leading the way. Clarke had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Quinessa Caylao-Do and Jaylyn Sherrod also scored 10 points each.

“We knew that this stadium was going to be a hard one to play in with the fans and the crowd and just Wyoming in general,” Clarke said. “It’s a competition. It’s a rivalry. It was really great to come out and get the win.”

Caylao-Do added seven rebounds for the Buffs, who are off to a 3-0 start for the second consecutive season and for the third time in four years under head coach JR Payne.

CU snapped a two-game losing streak against Wyoming, defeating the Cowgirls (2-2) for the first time since Dec. 21, 2014, in Boulder.

The Buffs led by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, but Wyoming whittled the CU lead down to five, 61-56, on a three-point play by Quinn Weidemann with 59 seconds to play.

From there, the Buffs held Wyoming scoreless and hit five of six free throws in the final minute. During the first nine minutes of the fourth, the Buffs were 2-for-7 from the line.

“I’d rather win a game by 20, but the truth is with such a young ball club, we gained a lot more from this type of game,” Payne said. “We haven’t been in any games where we’ve had to hit free throws down the stretch or we’ve had to get the ball in against pressure or we’ve had to play against the defense that’s really alternating what they’re doing. There are just different things that you see throughout a season. This is good for us. Especially, to come out on top. But the learning curve that can happen in a game like this is good for us.”

In addition to having four players in double figures, the Buffs got eight points from Aubrey Knight and six from Charlotte Whittaker. CU’s bench outscored Wyoming’s reserves, 24-4.

CU dominated on the boards, 46-27, including a 26-9 advantage in the second half. The Buffs turned 16 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points.

Wyoming jumped out to an 8-0 lead and it took more than 5 minutes for the Buffs to hit their first field goal. They outscored the Cowgirls 16-7 during the final 5:37 of the first quarter, however, to take a16-15 lead and never trailed again.

Notable

CU improved to 38-11 all-time against Wyoming, including 16-8 in Laramie. … Hollingshed is averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game so far this season. She has led the Buffs in scoring in two of the three games. … Taylor Rusk, from ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, led Wyoming with 14 points.

Fast break

What went right: Throughout the day, the Buffs dominated on the boards (46-27), held Wyoming to 32 percent shoot and connected on shots inside the 3-point arc.

What went wrong: CU had 17 turnovers that led to 16 Wyoming points,

Star of the game: Emma Clarke. The sophomore recorded her first career double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while also added two blocks.

What’s next: CU visits Colorado State on Friday at 5 p.m.

Colorado 66, Wyoming 56

COLORADO (3-0)

Caylao-Do 2-3 6-10 10, Clarke 5-11 0-0 10, Finau 0-2 3-4 3, Hollingshed 6-12 4-4 17, Tuitele 1-5 0-0 2, Sherrod 2-4 6-6 10, Knight 3-4 1-3 8, Jank 0-5 0-2 0, Whittaker 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 22-50 20-29 66.

WYOMING (2-2)

Erjavec 1-5 6-7 8, Vitulova 4-11 2-2 11, Rusk 6-11 0-1 14, Sanchez Ramos 4-11 1-3 10, Weidemann 3-10 1-1 9, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Kepenc 0-1 2-2 2, Bradshaw 0-4 2-2 2, Vaifanua 0-2 0-0 0. Olson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-56 14-18 56

Colorado         16        14        21        15        –           66

Wyoming        15        9          15        17        –           56

3-point goals – Colorado 2-12 (Hollingshed 1-3, Knight 1-2, Clarke 0-4, Finau 0-1, Sherrod 0-1, Whittaker 0-1), Wyoming 6-24 (Weidemann 2-6, Rusk 2-4, Vitulova 1-4, Sanchez Ramos 1-3, Erjavec 0-2, Bradshaw 0-2, Johnson 0-1, Kepenc 0-1, Vaifanua 0-1). Rebounds – Colorado 46 (Clarke 10), Wyoming 27 (Rusk 6). Assists – Colorado 10 (Caylao-Do, Finau, Sherrod 3), Wyoming 8 (Erjavec, Weidemann 3). Steals – Colorado 5 (5 players with 1), Wyoming 4 (Erjavec, Rusk 2). Turnovers – Colorado 17, Wyoming 11. Total fouls – Colorado 23, Wyoming 21. Fouled out – Hollingshed, Jank. A – 2,531.