Brittany Wilson showed no signs of rust in Colorado women's basketball's 90-87 victory over Iowa.
The senior guard scored a career-high 26 points in her first start of the season. Wilson had been dealing with a leg injury for the past seven weeks. She played limited minutes in Colorado's first two wins over Colorado State and Alcorn State.
"Hats off to Iowa," said Wilson. "It means a lot to us to get down with the best. It's a great win."
For most of the first half, it looked like it would be an easy win for Colorado. After Iowa tied the game at 8, CU rattled off a 17-0 run. Wilson looked unstoppable during the first 20 minutes, hitting 6-of-10 field goals for 17 points.
For as uncharacteristically hot Colorado was from the field, they also looked out-of-character on the defensive end of the floor. The Buffs gave up 35 first half points, and would allow Iowa to go on a 16-2 run, spanning from the end of the first half to the first few minutes of the second half.
The Hawkeyes got within two points with an Alexa Kastanek free throw with 12:50 remaining. Arielle Roberson, Jen Reese and Jasmine Sborov helped keep the Hawkeyes at arms' length. Colorado weathered several Iowa runs, as Hawkeyes' guard Samantha Logic heated up down the stretch. But the Buffs regrouped defensively, and Iowa never got closer than three.
Wilson, who went relatively cold for much of the second half, hit huge free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Colorado hit 8-of-10 free throws in the final minute, icing the game.
Colorado hits the road for the second time this season, this time heading to Albuquerque for a date with New Mexico on Saturday.
Arielle Roberson underwent tests after the game for a possible concussion... Iowa is one of 13 teams to make six consecutive NCAA tournaments...
Player of the Game
Brittany Wilson - 26 points, including huge free throws down the stretch, led Colorado to a critical resume-building non-conference win