Buffaloes begin pivotal home stretch with win over Cal

Heading into this Friday evening game against Cal, I noted that the Colorado Buffaloes women’s basketball team had to win the battle in the paint and not overlook the Golden Bears, among other keys. Mission accomplished.

The Buffaloes handled Cal easily, winning in Boulder, 76-61. Cal’s size didn’t faze Colorado star forward Aaronette Vonleh, as she led all scorers with 19 points to go with four rebounds. Not to be outdone, Quay Miller controlled the glass en route to a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double. Guard Frida Formann provided a deep threat to compliment her post partners as she hit four 3s and scored 14 points.

Efficiency was the difference in the game as Colorado’s defense held Cal to only 37% shooting while CU’s offense hit 53% of its shots.

Colorado now enters the most grueling portion of its schedule with games against three straight top-10 opponents coming up. First up is No. 8 Stanford on Sunday at noon.

Colorado did a great job of keeping Cal off the glass, and I asked head coach JR Payne about how her team earned the rebounding edge:

“We talked about it all week: if there is one or two things that will determine the outcome of this game, one of them is rebounding,” Payne said. “Our team took that personally and decided this is important.”

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