Colorado improves to 19-13, its best win total since finishing the 2003-04 season at 22-8.
The date, time and place of Colorado’s second round opponent will not be determined until the conclusion of the Drake at South Dakota first round game tomorrow (Thursday) night in Vermillion, S.D., at 6 p.m. MDT.
Colorado improves to 30-19 all-time in postseason play (not including conference tournaments) and 8-3 in WNIT games. Colorado moves to 3-0 in WNIT first round games (had a first round bye in 2008) and has won its first tournament game in all four WNIT appearances.
Colorado improves to 21-6 all-time at home in the postseason, 7-3 in the WNIT, and has won nine of its last 11.
Colorado improves its series lead over Northern Colorado to 10-6 and has won the last seven
Colorado led by six at halftime 24-18 and began the second half on an 8-0 run and led by as much as 18 in the second half (42-24 at 13:29).
Northern Colorado’s 23 steals are the most ever by a Colorado opponent, breaking the previous record of 21 set on two previous occasions (at Oregon, Dec. 4, 1999 and at Oklahoma State, Jan. 30, 1994). Colorado’s 27 turnovers tied a season high (at Arizona State, Jan. 19). UNC’s Amy Marin tied a CU opponent record with eight steals (Earlysia Marchbanks, Oregon State, March 3, 2012 and Reka Cserny, Harvard, Nov. 11, 2003).
Colorado outrebounded UNC 41-28, holding its opponent under 30 rebounds for the seventh time this season.
Colorado’s 19 free throws made are its second-most on the season. The Buffaloes had 22 in the Pac-12 Tournament against Utah. CU is 56-of-78 from the line (.718) over the last three games. CU’s 18.6 free throws made average during that span is eight more per game than the team season average of 10.5. CU’s attempt average has risen from 16.0 to 26.0.
Brittany Wilson is 12-of-15 (.800) from the line during that stretch.
Lexy Kresl broke the school record for most 3-pointers by a freshman with 58. She was 2-of-6 from deep as she passed Brittany Spears (2007-08) and Shelley Sheetz (1991-92) who each had 57 in their respective rookie seasons. Her 58 3-pointers remain 16th on CU’s career list and 14th on the overall school single-season list.
Brittany Wilson moved into a tie for 14th place on CU’s career list for 3-pointers with 65. She had one on the night to match Veronica Johns-Richardson’s mark from 2001-05.
Chucky Jeffery moved into sole possession of 10th on CU’s all-time list for assists with 343. She had two on the evening, passing Amy Palmer who had 342 from 1992-96.
Ashley Wilson had a career-high three steals.