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CU Buffs shake off rust, rout SMU

Buffs remain undefeated heading into final non-conference game

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    University of Colorado Boulder’s Sophie Gerber, left, Tameiya Sadler, Quay Miller, and Tayanna Jones, celebrate the defensive play of the Buffs against Southern Methodist during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    University of Colorado Boulder’s Tameiya Sadler drives on Southern Methodist’s Sydne Wiggins during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    University of Colorado Boulder’s Tameiya Sadler drives on Southern Methodist’s Sydne Wiggins during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    Dec. 17, 2021-of Colorado Boulder’s Kindyll Wetta shoots over Southern Methodist’s Danielle Sanderlin during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    University of Colorado Boulder’s Mya Hollingshed goes up on Southern Methodist’s Zaria Rufus during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    University of Colorado Boulder’s Jaylen Sherrod shoots over Southern Methodist’s Reagan Bradley during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    University of Colorado Boulder’s Sophie Gerber, left, Tameiya Sadler, and Quay Miller, celebrate the defensive play of the Buffs against Southern Methodist during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    University of Colorado Boulder’s Peanut Tuitele goes up on Southern Methodist’s Paige Baylis during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    University of Colorado Boulder’s Tameiya Sadler drives on Southern Methodist’s Kayla White during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    University of Colorado Boulder’s Lesila Finau drives to the basket against Southern Methodist during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    Dec. 17, 2021- of Colorado Boulder’s Peanut Tuitele, left, and Southern Methodist’s Jasmine Smith, battle for the ball during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    University of Colorado Boulder’s Mya Hollingshed, left, shoots over Southern Methodist’s Keyanna Warthen during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    University of Colorado Boulder’s head coach, JR Payne, in the Southern Methodist game during the December 17, 2021 contest in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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Coming off a 10-day break from the last game, Colorado women’s basketball coach JR Payne expected some rust Friday.

There was some, but not much, as the Buffaloes routed SMU, 78-55, at CU Events Center to remain undefeated.

Quay Miller (20 points, five rebounds), Mya Hollingshed (19 points, seven rebounds) and Sila Finau (13 points, three steals) sparked the Buffs, who are off to a 10-0 start for the seventh time in program history.

“I think we played really, really well in spurts and then there were a couple of few-minute letdowns that were really not what we want to do offensively or defensively,” Payne said. “So clearly, we have a ways to go to play 40 minutes, but we played well, and I’m proud of (the team). It’s hard to come off a 10-day break without a game; that’’ always difficult for any team, but excited that we beat a good SMU team tonight.”

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University of Colorado Boulder’s Mya Hollingshed, left, shoots over Southern Methodist’s Keyanna Warthen during the December 17, 2021 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

The players wrapped up final exams earlier this week and were itching to get onto the court for a game for the first time since Dec. 7.

“I think it brought a lot of excitement,” Hollingshed said. “I think we were ready to go play somebody else other than ourselves for the past 10 days, and just seeing a different level of competition. And just seeing what we’ve been working on for the past few days and just executing that. I think we were ready for it.”

It was a disjointed first five minutes, but a jumper from Tameiya Sadler with 3 minutes, 42 seconds to play in the first quarter broke an 8-8 tie and sparked a 22-2 run to build a 20-point lead. The lead over the Mustangs (4-6) didn’t dip below 14 during the last 27 minutes.

Finau had six points in the first-half run and scored all 13 of her points – one shy of her career-high – before intermission to stake the Buffs to a big lead. She was limited in the second half with cramps, but still put together perhaps her best game of the season.

“Sila was fantastic,” Payne said. “Sila has worked her tail off. … She was definitely (an impactful player) tonight.”

Meanwhile, the 6-foot-3 Hollingshed and 6-3 Miller took advantage of the Mustangs inside, combining for 39 points and 12 rebounds. Peanut Tuitele, a 6-1 forward, added nine points and six boards.

“It’s always a fun night with Peanut, Mya and the other post players,” said Miller, who tied her season-high in points. “We just all complement each other well. We know our strengths and we feed towards those and make each other look good.”

It wasn’t a perfect performance, as the Buffs had some defensive lapses at times, but considering the layoff, Payne will take it.

“I thought these guys did a really great job of just pushing through (the rust), knowing that it may not be beautiful, but we’re still gonna play hard,” Payne said.

Notes

Hollingshed past Dian Hiemstra (1,376 points from 1981-84) for 15th on CU’s career scoring list, with 1,383 points. … Finau’s previous high for points this season was 10 against Wisconsin. … The Buffs had 21assists on 30 buckets.

Fast break

What went right: After a rusty first five minutes, the Buffs got hot and pulled away in the first and second quarters with a stingy defense and timely offense.

What went wrong: While the defense was good for most of the game, there were lapses at times that allowed SMU to go on a few short runs.

Star of the game: Sila Finau. She scored 13 points to spark the first half and also had three steals and three rebounds.

What’s next: CU will host San Francisco on Monday at 1 p.m.

Colorado 78, SMU 55

SMU (4-6)

Wilkinson 7-17 1-1 15, Sanderlin 0-3 1-2 1, Wiggins 2-6 1-2 5, Smith 5-8 1-4 13, Bradley 1-7 0-0 2, Bayliss 4-5 0-0 8, White 5-10 1-3 11, Rufus 0-0 0-0 0, Warthen 0-0 0-1 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 5-13 55

COLORADO (10-0)

Tuitele 4-6 0-0 9, Sherrod 1-2 1-1 3, Forman 1-8 0-0 3, Finau 5-7 2-2 13, Hollingshed 7-16 2-2 19, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Sadler 2-5 2-2 6, Miller 8-9 2-2 20, Blacksten 2-7 0-0 5, Wetta 0-5 0-0 0,  Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Gerber 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-66 9-9 78.

SMU                           10        9          19        17        –           55

Colorado                     21        20        14        23        –           78

3-point goals – SMU 2-10 (Smith 2-4,Wiggins 0-3, Wilkinson 0-1, Bradley 0-1, White 0-1), Colorado 9-26 (Hollingshed 3-6, Miller 2-2, Formann 1-7, Blacksten 1-5, Finau 1-2, Tuitele 1-1, Sadler 0-2, Jones 0-1). Rebounds – SMU 36 (Bayliss 7), Colorado 37 (Hollingshed 7). Assists – SMU 9 (Wiggins 3), Colorado 22 (Sherrod 5). Steals – SMU 6 (White 2), Colorado 13 (Finau, Wetta 3). Turnovers – SMU 20, Colorado 14. Total fouls – SMU 10, Colorado 18. Fouled out – None. A – 1,195.