Five takeaways from CU women’s basketball’s victory over UCLA

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This team just keeps proving how legit it is.

After winning all 11 of its non-conference games, the Colorado women’s basketball team has taken care of business in its first pair of Pac-12 games.

On Sunday, the UCLA Bruins came into Boulder after not having played a game since Dec. 11. Regardless, UCLA gave Colorado one of its closest games of the season, but the Buffs’ dynamic offense, aided by a strong outing from the stripe, took over in the second half. The 71-63 win gave Colorado its first 2-0 start in conference play since 2006-07.

Here’s what we learned from another dominant showing from the CU women.

Colorado proved it can close

While it’s probably a good problem to have, I was previously worried how this team would react in a close game, considering many of the Buffs’ games have been blowouts. That concern was negated on Sunday when the Buffs never let UCLA come to within three points in the fourth quarter.

Jaylyn Sherrod is an improved free throw shooter

En route to a career-high 25 points, Jaylyn Sherrod was stupendous from the free throw line, making 13-of-17. With how often and how furious Sherrod tends to drive, her ability to sink free throws needs to be an important part of her game.

Buffs can win without Hollingshed's best

It’s funny to call a 10-point performance subpar, but JR Payne agreed that it wasn’t Hollingshed’s best offensive outing. Yet even with their best player shooting 3-for-13, the Buffs found a way to create offense elsewhere.

Frida Formann has found her touch

Coming off a strong freshman season shooting from deep, Frida Formann has cooled off a bit this year. While she can score in other ways, it was nice to see her get back on track this weekend with a pair of strong three-point shooting performances. Formann’s knack for hitting dagger threes was on full display against UCLA.

They're ready for No. 2 Stanford

The No. 2 team in the country comes into the CU Events Center on Friday for the Buffs’ biggest test of the season. Colorado beat then-No. 1 Stanford at home last season, and a repeat upset could be looming.

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