Buffs Surge Past Tigers
BOULDER— The Colorado Buffaloes ran the opposition out of the CU Events Center for the second consecutive night on Tuesday. Senior Mya Hollingshed led the way with her 18th career double-double, aiding CU in the 79-47 win over Texas Southern.
Hollingshed finished her night with 20 points and 10 rebounds, going 8-for-11 on the evening. Senior Tayanna Jones enjoyed a 4-for-5 shooting night, registering her best point total as a Buff (12). Freshman Kindyll Wetta was perfect on the night, going 6-for-6 with a season-high 12 points.
"It's just stats honestly," Hollingshed expressed. "I mean Coach [Payne] did let me know that I was two [rebounds] away so I was just trying to get that. But as long as we are winning the rebounding battle and winning the point battle, that's all that matters."
The Buffs improved to 5-0 on the season for the fourth time under head coach JR Payne. The win gives CU its first five-game winning streak since the start of stringing 12 together to start the 2019-20 season. Tuesday's win also marked the 50th home win for Payne.
Colorado finished 32-for-61 from the field (52.5 percent) its best shooting night of the young season. Defensively, the Buffs held the Tigers to just 29.1 percent shooting (16-55), the lowest opponent shooting percentage since keeping Southern California to 29.0 percent on Jan. 10, 2020. The only hiccup for the Buffs was the team's 20 turnovers.
"It says something about your program if you can be disappointed in a 30-point win," Payne said after the game. "I'm not disappointed in our effort or our focus. I just really want to play good clean basketball, and we did that in spurts certainly - the first and fourth quarters were great. I just have really high expectations for our group and I want us to be excellent in everything that we're doing. I want every possession to be excellent and we had some slippage tonight.
"I think we're a very good basketball team," Payne continued. "I think we can play very good basketball consistently and that for me is the goal. Glad to win and glad that everybody played. Onward we go."
Texas Southern (0-4) had two players in double figures. Jada Perry and Ashley Austin each had 12 points.
How it happened
Colorado's night started with a 9-0 run that began on Hollingshed's opening 3-pointer. The Buffs had little resistance in the opening period, outscoring TSU 20-8. Hollingshed had nine points in the quarter on 4-for-4 shooting. Peanut Tuitele was also perfect in the quarter (2-for-2) with four points, helping the Buffs shoot 50 percent (9-18).
Texas Southern threw its best punch at the Buffs to start the second quarter. The Tigers got out to a 7-2 start to the frame, narrowing the CU lead to 22-15 and forcing a Colorado timeout.
The Buffs responded out of the stop, going on a 7-0 run and regaining the 14-point lead. The Buffs were off to the races for the remainder of the half, totaling 10 fast-break points in the quarter. Wetta totaled all 10 of her first-half points in the period, helping the Buffs shoot 61.1 percent (11-18).
Colorado shot 55.6 percent (20-36) in the opening half, posting its best scoring half of the season with 44 points.
The third quarter was slow to start for both sides. Neither team made a basket until Wetta finished a swipe and score at the 8:12 mark of the period to push the Buffs' lead to 17 points. A short run from the Tigers got TSU back within 12 at 49-37, but CU struck back with a 9-2 run that put the Buffs' advantage to 58-39 with 10 minutes to play.
CU shot 66.7 percent (6-9) in the closing frame and extended its run to 19-2 to put a stranglehold on the contest. Jones scored seven in a little over 5:30 minutes of playing time in the final quarter.
"I think we locked in and honed in on the key details of just doing what we do best -- not getting outside of ourselves and executing our offense and finishing the plays on defense," Hollingshed explained. "Everything we what we work on every day."
Colorado's 9-0 run to start the game was all it needed. The Buffs lead never dipped below five the rest of the night. A Hollingshed layup with 3:15 to go in the first started a late 7-0 run that saw Colorado claim a 20-8 lead that was never in doubt.
Colorado has a few days off before the team hosts the return of the Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic. The tournament begins on Friday with Boise State and Louisiana Tech. Colorado will play Louisiana Tech (Saturday) and Wisconsin (Sunday).
"I think these guys love the 'R' word – rest," Payne joked. "Three games in five days are so many games and then to add two more is a lot. These next three days are important for us strategically, we need to really rest, and we have to maybe get up and down a little bit and then we need to rest again before we play back-to-back. We got to strategize these next few days."
First time CU has forced 20+ turnovers in consecutive games since Denver and Utah in 2020-21…CU is now 32-1 all-time in November under Coach Payne…It was CU's first back-to-back 30+ point victories (81-48 vs Samford) since 2018-19 against Prairie View (+41) and Samford (+42)…CU had 35 points off turnovers the most since 38 vs. Utah on Dec. 14, 2020…The Buffs bench had back-to-back 30+ point nights (38 & 39)…Hollingshed surpassed the 1300 career point mark and moved past Sandy Bean (1978-82) for 17th on CU's all-time scoring list…Quay Miller finished with seven points, going over 400 career points (361 at Washington)…Kennedy Taylor recorded her first collegiate points with a pair of free throws in the fourth quarter.