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Buffs Extend Streak to Eight

Dec 3, 2021

BOULDER – The Colorado Buffaloes continued to roll on Friday night, posting a 78-53 win over Dixie State at the CU Events Center. Junior Quay Miller had her best night in a Buff uniform, going for 20 points and six rebounds, helping the Buffs remain unbeaten at 8-0. 

Miller was one of four Colorado players to hit for double figures. Senior Peanut Tuitele posted 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Fifth-year senior Mya Hollingshed had a quiet 11 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Tameiya Sadler hit two of CU's five 3-pointers on the night to close with 10 points. 

"My team helped play a major role in that 20 [points]," Miller said after the win. "[They] knew that I was [playing] hot. They were getting me the ball and setting me up in great positions to score. I love them for that and for keeping me motivated even throughout games even when I'm scoreless or I'm not having the best game. They encouraged me to do something else to make up for that. That was the biggest part in my 20-point game tonight."

The win continues CU's longest winning streak since rattling off 12 in a row to start the 2019-20 season. Colorado had a clear size advantage over the Trailblazers and used it to its advantage, outscoring DSU 48-18 in the paint. The Buffs defense continued to be pesky, forcing 20 turnovers for the fifth time this season.

Dixie State (2-5), in just its second season playing in Division I, was led by Breaunna Gillen and her 14 points. The Blazers lived and died by the 3-ball, hitting an opponent-high 10 3-point field goals on 30 attempts.

"I'm excited that we won," head coach JR Payne started. "We're glad to have had [these] home games and glad to have seen a really different style of basketball. When we plan our preseason, we really try to get the most diverse styles that we can so that we're ultimately prepared for anything. We definitely saw areas that we did well [in]. We definitely saw areas that we need to improve."

How it happened
Miller got the Buffs rolling in the first quarter, coming off the bench with q quick four points to give Colorado to a 6-0 run. Sadler extended the run to 9-0 with the Buffs' lone 3-pointer of the quarter, giving CU a 13-4 lead. 

The Trailblazers were held to just three field goals in the opening 10 minutes, with two of them coming on back-to-back 3's to cut the Buffs' lead to 13-10. Colorado used a closing 6-0 run to push its lead to 19-10 going into the second quarter. 

"[It was a challenge] containing the balance and knowing our defensive rotations," Miller explained about DSU's offense. "Not falling asleep on help or the smashes and being the helper's helper."

CU started 3-for-9 from the floor in the second, battling through a 0-for-5 drought. It was Miller that broke through for the Buffs midway through the period to get CU's lead to 28-18. Colorado totaled 10 points in the paint in the quarter and got eight of its 15 points from off the bench. 

Miller and Kylee Blacksten combined for an 8-0 run to close the final 5:16 of the half, giving CU the 34-18 advantage at the break. 

Dixie State never got back to within 15 points of the Buffs. CU pushed its lead to 26, 46-20, inside the first four minutes of the third quarter, helped by a 12-2 start to the quarter. Tuitele scored eight points in the run and totaled all 12 of her points in the third quarter. 

Miller closed out the night with 10 of CU's 19 points in the final quarter. A Blacksten 3 with 51 seconds to go gave CU a 31-point lead, its largest of the night.  

"Quay has been a great addition to our team," Tuitele commented. "She brings a different skill set that we haven't seen on our team and she's very encouraging. She's the first person you'll hear when you come off the bench or when you have a bucket." 

Turning Point
The Buffs held Dixie State scoreless in the final 5:16 of the second quarter, forcing three turnovers and outscoring the Blazers 8-0 in the process. The run helped CU grow its lead from eight to 16, putting DSU out of reach the remainder of the evening. 

Colorado gets back on the road for a quick trip to Southern Utah. The Buffs will visit the Thunderbirds on Tuesday, for a 6:30 p.m. tip.    

The Buffs improve to 8-0 for the third time under Coach Payne…The Buffs improved to 19-10 in December in the Payne era… CU had its best free-throw shooting game of the season, going 77.8 percent from the line (7-9)…CU's bench outscored DSU, 45-14, giving CU its first 40+ point effort from the bench this season…Jaylyn Sherrod, who entered the game 13th in the NCAA in assist-turnover ratio, handed out three more assists (33) with zero turnovers (8)…Hollingshed played 22 minutes moving past Tera Bjorklund for 19th all-time (3168).