Chucky Jeffery’s 17 points led a balanced Colorado scoring attack to a victory over visiting Weber State by a score of 77-59.
The Buffs, coming off a nine-day finals break, were understandably rusty to start off, finding themselves down by four with just over two minutes gone by in the first half.
Fortunately, CU, after being tied with the Wildcats at nine
points apiece, went on a 19-2 run, to put the game out of reach by halftime,
with the Buffs leading, 44-24.
“The first half was probably our best half all season in
terms of execution,” Coach Linda Lappe said after the game. “Offensively, we
were moving the ball and getting it to where we wanted it to be. Chucky did a
great job of running our offense and setting the tone.”
Weber State outscored the Buffs by two in the second half, but Colorado remained in control for the duration of the game.
Jeffery wasn’t the only Buff to finish in double figures. Senior Julie Seabrook contributed 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds, and twins Brittany and Ashley Wilson had identical 13-point efforts, shooting a combined 60 percent from the floor.
“Both Ashley and Brittany gave us a big spark coming off the bench,” said Lappe. “Regardless of how many points they scored, they both know that they have to defend and bring that energy to the defensive end. They did that well tonight, which allowed us to get as many transition baskets as we did.”
Fast break points were a huge area of success for the Buffs on Saturday afternoon, as CU outscored the Wildcats 16-2 in the category. Forwards Seabrook and Rachel Hargis ran the floor well in transition, leading to easy baskets.
Colorado, now 9-0, takes to Texas, where the Buffs will compete in the Texas-San Antonio Holiday Classic, facing Texas Pan-American and Creighton to round out the non-conference slate.
Should CU return victorious in both games, they will enter the conference season at 11-0 for only the third time in the program’s history.