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Women’s basketball: CU Buffs race past Texas Southern

Emma Clarke, Mya Hollingshed help Colorado to 7-0 start

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Emma Clarke stopped worrying too much about her offense. Mya Hollingshed had no idea she posted as many rebounds as she did.

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BOULDER, CO – Dec. 3, 2019: University of Colorado’s Mya Hollingshed takes a shot during a NCAA game against Texas Southern University on Tuesday at the Coors Event Center in Boulder. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

Right now, the Colorado women’s basketball team is simply playing and having fun.

On Tuesday, the Buffaloes routed Texas Southern, 74-50, at the CU Events Center to improve to 7-0 on the season. It’s CU’s first 7-0 start since a 10-0 run to start the 2016-17 season.

“I thought we did some really good things and kind of kept our composure for the most part against a really, really athletic team, something that we couldn’t really simulate as well as we wanted to in practice this week,” head coach JR Payne said. “But I thought we did a good job of making some adjustments on the floor, our rebounding effort was tremendous to outrebound them by 17. Then, just a lot of really good smart individual efforts. I thought it was a good game tonight.”

Clarke led all players with a career-high 17 points, hitting 7 of 12 shots from the floor. In her past two games, she has averaged 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.

“I’m just not thinking about it to be honest,” Clarke said. “I’m not overthinking. Just shooting the ball when I’m open and making an extra pass when it’s there and just having fun.”

Clarke also had a career-high and team-best four steals and led CU with two blocks.

“I just came into the game happy,” she said. “We hadn’t played in a few days, so I’m just coming in like another opportunity to play. The steals and blocks and points, they just came from the team energy off the bench and they’re trying to force turnovers and pressure them in the full court.”

Hollingshed, meanwhile, posted her first double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and matching her career high with 12 rebounds.

“I didn’t even know I had a double-double until the end of the game,” Hollingshed said. “I was just trying to get to the glass, get rebounds and just keep limiting their offensive opportunities.”

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BOULDER, CO – Dec. 3, 2019: University of Colorado’s Quinessa Caylao-Do takes a shot over a swarm of defenders during a NCAA game against Texas Southern University on Tuesday at the Coors Event Center in Boulder. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

The Buffs got off to a bit of a slow start, falling behind 3-0 in the first 90 seconds, but a jumper by Clarke got them on the board and they led 23-10 by the end of the first quarter.

The Buffs never trailed from there and led by as many as 28 points.

In addition to Clarke and Hollingshed, Aubrey Knight had 11 points and Charlotte Whittaker added 10. Knight nearly had a double-double, finishing with nine rebounds.

Defensively, the Buffs held the Tigers (2-4) to 31 percent shooting.

“We’re really happy with who we are,” Payne said of the Buffs’ 7-0 start. “I know that our basketball can be better on both ends of the floor … but I really love who we are. We’re balanced, we give great effort. Our discipline I personally want to be better, just in execution and things like that, but I’m always striving to be the very best, or we are striving to be the very best that we can be.”

Fast break

What went right: The Buffs were solid on defense, dominated the boards against the Tigers and once again and great balance offensively.

What went wrong: Early turnovers led to a slow start for the Buffs and they finished with 18 for the game – 15 of those caused by Texas Southern steals.

Star of the game: Mya Hollingshed. The junior posted her first double-double of the season, with 14 points and a career high-tying 12 rebounds.

What’s next: The Buffs will play at Xavier on Friday at 5 p.m. MT.

Colorado 74, Texas Southern 50

TEXAS SOUTHERN (2-4)

Mitchell 4-11 0-4 8, Jones 2-8 2-7 7, Cryor 2-8 2-4 6, Velez 5-12 1-2 15, R. Lewis 1-1 0-0 2, Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Ready 0-2 0-0 0, White 2-7 0-0 4, Bridges 1-5 0-0 3, Gabriel 0-0 0-0 0, L. Lewis 1-4 3-4 5. Totals 18-58 8-21 50.

COLORADO (7-0)

Caylao-Do 1-8 3-4 5, Sherrod 2-7 4-4 8, Clarke 7-12 0-0 17, Hollingshed 5-10 3-4 14, Whittaker 5-9 0-0 10, Finau 1-4 0-0 2, Kulinska 0-5 0-0 0, Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Knight 3-4 4-4 11, Jank 2-3 0-0 5, Volcy 0-0 0-0 0, Tuitele 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 27-68 14-16 74.

Texas Southern           10        10        16        14        –           50

Colorado         23        18        21        12        –           74

3-point goals – Texas Southern 6-22 (Velez 4-10, Jones 1-6, Bridges 1-1, Cryor 0-3, White 0-2), Colorado 6-21 (Clarke 3-6, Jank 1-1, Hollingshed 1-1, Knight 1-1, Kulinska 0-3, Caylao-Do 0-3, Finau 0-2, Whittaker 0-2, Sherrod 0-1, Tuitele 0-1). Rebounds – Texas Southern 34 (Mitchell 11), Colorado 51 (Hollingshed 12). Assists – Texas Southern 13 (Cryor 8), Colorado 14 (Sherrod 5). Steals – Texas Southern 15 (Cryor 5), Colorado 10 (Clarke 4). Turnovers – Texas Southern 18, Colorado 18. Total fouls – Texas Southern 15, Colorado 16. Fouled out – Cryor. Technical fouls – None. A – 1,116.