LUBBOCK, Texas— Colorado struggled against Louisiana in the early moments, staying more than half of the first quarter without making the basket to start against Louisiana. Once the Buffaloes got going, they had a hard time trailing the Ragin’ Cajuns 73-43 in preseason WNIT.
Colorado (3-0) went nearly six minutes without scoring and started the day 0-for-12 from the field. CU’s defense helped keep the game tight, holding Louisiana to just five points in the stretch. student in the first year Brianna McLeod finally solved the problem at the rim at the 4:01 mark and the Buffs rolled on a 21-0 run and never looked back.
“It was definitely not the start we wanted,” said the head coach JR Payne commented. “I thought we looked good, we just didn’t meet her. After that it was a really great run. I don’t think anyone panicked. We all kept our calm and did what we had to do.”
Senior Kai Mueller led the Buffs with 17 points and eight rebounds, marking their third straight double-digit hit early in the season. Junior Frida Formann finished with 11 points and hit three 3s in the second quarter. Junior Tameiya Sadler and newbie Jada Wynn both came off the bench and each added 10 points.
“It’s exciting just to see everyone out there just playing,” Sadler said of the team’s scoring chances earlier in the season. “It just makes me think about what we can do as a team as the season progresses.”
The Buffs ended the day 11-to-28 by 3 points, topping their 10-3 last time out against Jackson State. It’s the first time since November 14 and November 18, 2018 that a CU team has hit 10 or more 3s in back-to-back games against Colorado State (10) and North Carolina (11).
second grader Kindyll Wetta dished out eight of CU’s 20 assists as the Buffs now had 19, 19 and 20 total assists to start the season.
Louisiana (1-2) coughed up the ball 19 times Tuesday, leading straight to 19 Colorado points.
“Even if we’re better offensively than we’ve ever been, we’ll always feed on our defense,” Payne continued. “We still have kids who love to defend and are pretty excited and hyped about it.”
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