The Colorado Buffaloes women’s basketball program stays perfect. The Buffs finally got to open up Pac-12 play on Friday and took down the Trojans 71-58 to improve their record to a phenomenal 12-0.
They had not played a game since Dec. 20th, and the girls were itching to play on both sides of the court. There was definitely some rust to start the game but the Buffs shook that off and stole the game away from the Trojans in the second half. In the first half it remained close through halftime.
By no surprise Buffs and Pac-12 star Mya Hollingshed led the way with 18 points and 8 rebounds, and if that is not impressive enough she slapped away one block and had 4 steals. She is always there to impress fans and foes but this 5th year senior is going to high places, far and beyond expectations.
Jaylyn Sherrod and Frida Formann both matched each other’s 15 points. Sherrod at 6 rebounds and 8 assists to go along with it.
Here are some words after the game with Head Coach Payne:
“This is the longest break we’ve had in between games since 1979, which is a very long time. I am unbelievably proud of my ball club. We were tough. We were resilient. We pushed through. I think every team in the country is facing some level of adversity at this point of the year. I knew that our response would tough and gritty. I’m very excited to start Pac 12 play with a win against a good USC team. I’m proud of who we are, not even necessarily what we did. I’m proud of who we are a ball club and excited to go 1-0 today.”
The women carried that momentum into Sunday afternoon when they took on UCLA at home. It was a quick turnaround for the Buffs but one they answered to mightily.
Jaylyn Sherrod took her performance from Friday night and blew it out of the water. Rocketing off to 25 points and 8 assists, with a couple of steals under her belt. Frida Formann carried her momentum even higher with 14 points and 3 rebounds. Hollingshed still back at it with 10 points and 7 rebounds and as strong as ever with her defensive side of the ball getting 4 blocks.
The Buffaloes chopped down the Bruins of UCLA 71-63 in Boulder. Improving to a 2-0 record in the Pac-12 and 13-0 overall under the sensational leadership of JR Payne. This game was closer than most games played this season, but as we get deep into the Pac-12 play we will see this with the cream of the crop teams.
The women take on No. 2 the Stanford Cardinals at the Coors Events Center Friday, January 14th at 9 PM/7PM MT. This will be the toughest test the Buffs have had all season and will really identify which team is the best in the Pac-12, as Colorado will look to keep their winning streak alive. We know rankings do not matter to Coach Payne but the respect from them is something this team deserves outright. Don’t miss tip off this Friday evening. It will be a test for the ages.