COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — Colorado’s first postseason look because the 2017 WNIT didn’t disappoint on Friday. The Buffaloes led by 11 at halftime and cruised previous Louisiana within the second half, opening its run within the WNIT with a 68-45 win.
The Buffaloes completed with three gamers in double figures. CU was led by junior Peanut Tuitele and Frida Formann. Tuitele recorded her first double-double of the season, totaling 14 factors and 10 rebounds. Formann received a late begin however completed with 14 factors. Mya Hollingshed, who was held scoreless, within the first half, completed with 10 factors.
Colorado (11-10) stays good within the first spherical of the match, bettering to 7-0. The win units up a matchup with former Huge 12 rival Nebraska on Saturday (4 p.m. MT).
Louisiana (16-7) had two gamers rating in double figures. Brandi Williams led the Ragin Cajuns with 12 factors, whereas Ty’Reona Doucet was restricted to 10 factors on the day.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Colorado scored seven factors within the first two minutes, getting began with a 3-pointer by Finau. Tayanna Jones helped spark the Buffs early on, scoring all 4 of her first-half factors inside the primary 4 minutes of the quarter, including a spotlight block to her energetic begin.
CU’s lead hit seven, 14-7, off a Finau 3, giving her six factors within the quarter. The Buffs shot 6-for-15 within the body and 2-for-3 from 3-point distance.
The Buffs did job on the glass within the first quarter, outrebounding the Ragin Cajuns 13-8 within the first 10 minutes.
Sophomore Zuzanna Kulinska opened the second with a shot from deep, extending CU’s result in 17-11. The Cajuns clawed again with a 6-0 run to tie the sport at 19, however Kulinska hit an extended jumper to place CU again up 21-19. Louisiana went again down on its subsequent possession, tying the sport at 21.
A pair of Tuitele free-throws broke the tie, 23-21, after which Formann kicked it into fourth gear. She hit her first basket of the sport, a 3-pointer with 3:25 to play within the half, giving the Buffs a 26-21 lead. She hit two extra within the half and the Buffs completed the quarter on a 10-2 run, main 36-25 on the break.
The Cajuns opened the second half with a three-point play, slicing the CU lead right down to eight, 36-38. That will be as shut as UL would get the remainder of the best way. Tuitele scored 4 factors in an 8-3 run that put the Buffs comfortably within the lead, 44-30.
Hollingshed received her first basket, a 3-pointer, halfway by the third quarter, kick-starting a 9-0 run that may put the Buffs up by 20, 53-33. She completed the quarter with eight factors, after an 0-for-6 begin to the day.
The Buffs held Louisiana off the scoreboard for the primary seven minutes of the fourth quarter, scoring the primary eight factors of the body to construct a 63-37 lead.
The Colorado bench totaled 11 of CU’s 13 factors within the quarter, solidifying the victory.
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