Buffs Take Care of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
BOULDER - Colorado had three players in double-digits and used a late run to pull away from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 75-48, in the second game of the 2012 Omni Hotels Classic at the Coors Events Center.
Colorado improves to 3-0 and will play San Diego State in Saturday's championship game set for 7:30 p.m. San Diego State defeated Auburn 78-57 in the first game. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (0-5) will play Auburn in Saturday's consolation game at 5 p.m.
Freshman forward Arielle Roberson scored a game-high 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Senior guard Chucky Jeffery nearly missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Jasmine Sborov tied a career-best with 10 points.
""I thought for the second straight game we had great contribution from everybody on our team," head coach Linda Lappe said. "They all did their job and they played their role. Many of them came in and gave us some great energy, whether it was to start the game, start the half, or when they came in off the bench. But I thought they did a fantastic job of really playing together."
Seven players had at least five points as the Buffaloes hit 70 for the third straight game to open the season. The Buffaloes also had seven players with three or more rebounds and six players with multiple assists.
"It's awesome," Jeffery said on her team's depth. "To have a number of players that can come off the bench and replace players on the floor without disrupting the flow is great. We know the game isn't going to change when we sub because we have confidence in getting the ball to our post players."
The layups in the post weren't falling like they did in Kansas City last weekend, but the Buffaloes were able to hit the outside shot.
Sborov, making her first start of the season set the tone early for the Buffaloes. She scored all 10 of her points in the first half on 5-of-7 shooting, most on smooth looking 12-15 foot jumpers.
"Chucky [Jeffery] did a great job at drawing in the defense and I was just hitting shots off of reversals and kick-outs," Sborov said. "We worked on that religiously in practice so I think that opened up a lot of our inside game in the second half."
The Buffaloes built a 35-24 halftime lead by scoring 11 points off turnovers and turning in their best half from the line this year, hitting 8-of-10.
CU shot below its season average of 44 percent, making just 12 of 30 in the first 20 minutes, but Lappe lauded the team's ability to shake off the early misses and keep hammering away down low.
"I liked how we stayed composed tonight," Lappe said. "Our inside game wasn't going well at the beginning, but we were getting great shots. The thing I liked about tonight is that we didn't shy away from using our posts, our guards kept feeding the ball down there, they kept offensive rebounding, and they kept at it. When you do that, those easy shots are going to eventually fall."
Jeffery ran a solid point game, contributing four assists and four steals, and notably just one turnover against an aggressive Islanders defense.
Colorado led by double-digits most of the game, but still only led by 10 when Trish Amboree hit three free throws with 9:28 left to make the score 53-43.
Roberson responded with five straight points and Jeffery followed with a transition layup to put CU up 60-43. The Buffaloes ran from there, ending the game on a 22-5 run.
Colorado dominated the boards, by a count of 49-23. Roberson had eight, Sborov had six.
Janae Blount led Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with 13 points and six rebounds. Ashley Darley pitched in 12.