BOULDER - Four players scored in double-digits led by junior guard Brittany Wilson's game-high 16 points as the University of Colorado cruised to an 87-38 women's basketball exhibition win over Western State Colorado University Friday night at the Coors Events Center.
Freshman point guard Kyleesha Weston scored 14 off the bench. Sophomore guard Lexy Kresl had 11 points and junior center Rachel Hargis had 10 as all 10 Buffaloes that saw game action scored at least four points.
Colorado dominated in every facet of the contest, and the game served as a good tune up to the official season opener Sunday, Nov. 11, against Idaho (2 p.m.).
Colorado shot 55 percent from the field and did it inside and out. The Buffaloes made 7-of-17 from 3-point range, led by Wilson who made her first three before settling on a 4-for-5 night.
"I just took the open shot," Wilson said. "They were open early from the three so I just took it."
The Buffaloes also controlled the paint, outscoring the Mountaineers 48-4 inside the key
"I was really proud of our effort," CU head coach Linda Lappe said. "There are going to be some things that we have to fine-tune both offensively and defensively, but our effort was there all night long on both ends of the floor.
Much like last year, the Buffaloes thrived in transition. CU scored 23 points off of 20 Western State turnovers. The Buffaloes also tallied 20 fast break points.
"I thought we ran the floor particularly well on the offensive side," Lappe said. "We really hit the open player tonight."
Colorado sprinted out to a 9-0 lead before Jazmine Johnson put Western State on the board with a bucket at the 15:38 mark. Desiree Smith, who led Western State with 12 points, hit a 3-pointer to cut the CU lead to 14-9 just over two minutes later.
But soon after the Wilson-Weston back court took over. Wilson answered Smith's 3-pointer with one of her own, and then scored on a fast break layup off a Mountaineer miss to put CU's lead back at double-digits.
Weston then got on the board for the first time with a long jumper, and followed that basket up with a fast break sprint of her own. A Jen Reese 3-pointer capped a 12-2 run as CU led 26-11 midway through the first half.
Weston's 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting led a Colorado bench that scored 39 on the evening.
"It was all my teammates," Weston said. "They found me when I was open and they set good screens for me to get me open...and pushing the ball down the floor is what I like to do."
Lappe raved about the overall team performance, but certainly liked what she saw with the Wilson-Weston backcourt tandem.
"I felt like (Kyleesha) and Brittany (Wilson) played well together as the one and the two," Lappe said. "I liked Kyleesha's tempo and what she did with the ball."
Smith converted a conventional 3-point play to bring Western State to 28-15 with 6:57 left in the half, but the Buffaloes shut down the Mountaineers from there. Western State made only one of its last six shots and had seven turnovers in the final 6:57 as Colorado ended the half on a 24-3 run to lead 52-18 at the break.
The Buffaloes shot well for the entire game, but even more so in the first half hitting 66 percent (21-of-32).
Colorado also shared the ball well dishing out 23 assists on the night, led by Kresl and Jasmine Sborov, each with five. The Buffaloes also outrebounded the Mountaineers 49-25. Seven different players had at least five boards for CU, Wilson and freshman forward Jamee Swan each had seven.
Colorado continued its defensive dominance in the second half. While the scoring cooled off after a torrid first-half pace, the Buffaloes allowed only three field goals in the second frame. The majority of Western State's points came from the foul line, as the Mountaineers hit 17-of-25 from the charity stripe.