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Buffaloes Run Away From Pioneers 83-63, Remain Undefeated

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The win moves the Buffaloes to 8-0 heading into Friday's game against No. 8 Louisville in Boulder.

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The University of Colorado women's basketball team started out slowly, but used a 20-9 run at the end of the first half to stay undefeated, beating Denver by an 83-63 tally.

For the second straight game, Brittany Wilson led the Buffs in scoring with a season-high 19 points. Senior standout Chucky Jeffery earned her 22nd career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Arielle Roberson recorded her eighth-straight double figures scoring game to begin her career, the second best mark in school history.

Denver took a 13-8 lead six minutes into the game, prompting head coach Linda Lappe to take a timeout. The Buffs responded by scoring five unanswered points. DU saw their last lead with just under ten minutes remaining in the first half, as the Buffs entered the locker room on a 20-9 run, leading 37-27.

Colorado began the second half on fire, stretching their lead to 49-30, putting Denver out of reach. The lead allowed Lappe to find valuable playing time for her freshmen Jamee Swan and Kyleesha Weston, as well as walk-on Alexus Atchley.

The Buffs continued their dominance on the boards, outrebounding the Pioneers 50-28. CU's advantage on the glass led to a 13-3 advantage in second-chance points.

"That's probably the best thing I can say about our team tonight," Lappe told CUBuffs.com. "We don't take that lightly. Rebounding takes a lot of heart, character and effort."

The Buffs will need all the effort they can muster on Friday, as the eighth-ranked Louisville Cardinals come to Boulder. The Cardinals are led by all-Big East point guard Shoni Schimmel, and are coming off a second round appearance in the NCAA tournament.

"It should be a really fun game," said Lappe. "Hopefully we can get a crowd there. Our players have really been looking forward to this for a long time."