Buffs Stroll Past Golden Bears
BOULDER – It was smooth sailing for the Colorado women's basketball team at the CU Events Center on Friday. The Buffaloes led from the opening tip and sent the California Golden Bears packing, 75-59.
CU's offense was powered by freshman Frida Formann and senior Mya Hollingshed. Formann started 6-for-6 from the field and finished 7-for- on her way to a new scoring a season-high 19 points. Hollingshed finished one rebound shy of a double-double, closing with 18 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Jaylyn Sherrod also handed out five assists.
The win for the Buffs comes on the front end of the homestand that closes with No. 1 Stanford on Sunday. CU now sits at 5-6 overall and 3-5 in the Pac-12. California falls to 0-11 on the season.
Colorado set the tone from the get-go and shot over 50 percent from the floor in three of the four quarters. The Buffs finished 50.9 percent (29-of-57) from the field and shot a season-high 45.0 percent (9-for-20) from 3-point range.
Three Golden Bears finished in double figures, led by Lelani McIntosh's 14 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Colorado's freshman guard got the day started on the game's opening possession. Forman drilled her first shot of the game, a 3-pointer, and picked up the block and assist to Aubrey Knight to give CU a 5-0 start inside the first minute. Colorado scored the first eight points of the game before Cal got on the board at the 7:03 mark. The Buffs started 6-of-8 from the field and got up by as many as 13 in the frame. Cal used a 13-2 run to cut into the CU advantage, shrinking the CU lead to two before the end of the frame.
Formann put in the first five points for the Buffs in the second, pushing the CU lead back to seven, 27-20. Hollingshed, Zuzanna Kulinska, Peanut Tuitele and Tayanna Jones all contributed in a 9-0 run to put the Buffs up 14, 36-22. Cal bounced back with a 3-pointer from Sierra Richey to get back within 11, but the Buffs finished the quarter on a 6-0 run to head to the locker room up 17.
Colorado put the game out of reach at the start of the third quarter. Formann opened the half with her third 3 of the day, opening a 14-2 run that put the Buffs up 56-27. CU's lead hit 30 points, 58-38, on a Hollingshed layup with 5:17 to go in the period.
Colorado seemingly called off the dogs at that point. Cal used an 11-0 run to get back within 19 at the end of the third. The Golden Bears, playing mostly against the Colorado bench, fought back to within 14 in the final two minutes in the game.
KEY MOMENT: Cal cut the CU lead to two, 22-20, in the first minute of the second quarter. But the Buffs answered with a strong 14-2 run, getting back up 36-22. The 14-point lead proved to be a cushion that would last the rest of the contest.
KEY STAT: Colorado converted on a season-high nine 3-pointers.
QUOTABLE: "It was such a relief [having her first shot fall]. I knew we were going to run that play on our first possession and knew that was my shot if I was able to set a good screen and I did. It was nice to be able to execute it." – Frida Formann
NOTES: Colorado has now won three straight games against Cal…CU shot 8-for-13 from the free-throw line (61.5 percent)…The Buffs forced 18 turnovers and totaled 23 points off the Cal mistakes…Hollingshed now has 1,055 career points, moving past Raegan Scott (1,042) for 31st on CU's all-time scoring list…All 14 dressed players for CU checked in, with 12 different players recording points…CU's bench outscored Cal's 27-19.
UP NEXT: The Buffaloes host No. 1 Stanford on Sunday. It will be just the fourth time CU has played the AP No. 1 overall team in the country. A No. 1 team has not been to Boulder since Feb. 14, 2014, when CU lost to Texas 51-45. Tip is set for noon MT and the game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.