Leonard’s 31 pace Bu≠s

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Brian How­ell

boul­der» A year ago in Fort Collins, the Colorado women’s basketball team had a vic­tory snatched away from it in the clos­ing sec­onds.

On Thurs­day night, the Buf­faloes made sure that wasn’t go­ing to be pos­si­ble in Colorado State’s trip to Boul­der.

Guard Kennedy Leonard scored a ca­reer-high 31 points and the 18th-ranked Buffs rolled past ri­val CSU 74-56 at the Coors Events Cen­ter.

CU (9-0) is off to its best start since win­ning its first nine in the 2013-14 sea­son. It’s the sixth 9-0 start in pro­gram his­tory, and the Buffs have the best record in the Pac-12 Con­fer­ence.

De­spite not shoot­ing par­tic­u­larly well as a team (38.8 per­cent) from the field, the Buffs were ag­gres­sive on de­fense and on the boards to knock off the vis­it­ing Rams (5-4).

On Dec. 2, 2015, Leonard scored a go-ahead layup with 3.6 sec­onds to play, but CSU’s Ellen Nys­trom hit a jumper with 1.7 sec­onds left for the win. It was a heart­break­ing loss in a sea­son that went sour for the Buffs.

This sea­son has been any­thing but sour for the Buffs, who have won all nine games by at least 10 points.

Ha­ley Smith had a ca­reer­high 13 re­bounds and just missed a dou­ble-dou­ble, scor­ing eight points for CU.

Leonard was the star once again. She tied a school record with seven 3-point­ers, the eighth player in pro­gram his­tory to hit that many, and the first since Bianca Smith on Jan. 31, 2009.

Leonard was the first CU player with more than 30 points since Brit­tany Spears had 36 on March 27, 2011. She also had seven as­sists and five re­bounds.

Cal­lie Kaiser led CSU with 17 points. Elin Gus­tavs­son added 12 points and Nys­trom 10.

CU’s Kennedy Leonard drib­bles past Stine Aust­gulen of CSU on Thurs­day night. Jeremy Pa­passo, Daily Cam­era

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