Women’s basketball: Balanced CU Buffs hit road for preseason WNIT – The Denver Post

On Saturday afternoon against Jackson State, Quay Miller got the Colorado women’s basketball team off to a strong start with a team-high seven points in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, it was Jaylyn Sherrod leading the team in scoring. In the second half, Frida Formann led the Buffs in points both quarters, but was tied for the team lead in the third with Aaronette Vonleh and in the fourth with Tayanna Jones.

The Buffaloes (2-0) are still very early in their season, but have already displayed their depth in rolling to wins over New Mexico State and Jackson State.

“Definitely, I think everyone is really confident in each other,” CU head coach JR Payne said. “We know that Netty (Vonleh) can score inside. We know Frida can score outside. We also know Quay and Tam (Sadler) and Tay and Jaylyn and Kindyll (Wetta) and everyone that’s playing has the ability to bring something to the floor that’s really positive offensively and defensively.”

CU hopes to continue that trend this week as they travel to Lubbock, Texas, for the preseason Women’s NIT. The Buffs will face Louisiana on Tuesday and Texas Tech on Wednesday.

Two games in, Miller is off to an impressive start with a team-high 17.5 points per game, while connecting on 68.4% of her shots (13-of-19), but she’s certainly had help. Six Buffs are averaging at least 8.5 points, including Formann at 13.0 per game.

In a season-opening win against New Mexico State, eight players scored at least six points, and against Jackson State six hit that number (including four in double figures).

“I think our coaches do a good job of encouraging us to take open shots if we feel confident,” said Vonleh, who is averaging 10.5 points on 55.6% shooting. “Everybody has that mentality, so if we’re open, we’re going to take it.”

Certainly the Buffs have a long way to go this season and the competition will get more difficult, but they’re already scoring and hitting shots at an impressive clip.

Last season, the Buffs were last in the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting (30.0%) and free throw shooting (68.4%), while sitting sixth in field goal percentage (41.3).

In the early going this season, the Buffs are fourth in field goal percentage (50.0), second in 3-point shooting (43.2) and seventh in free throws (72.7).

“I think we have a lot of good pieces on the floor,” Formann said. “I think we’ve improved our shooting from our guard spots, so that just opens up the floor so much more. When our posts run the floor in transition, that’s when I get those easy shots, O-board kickouts. I think there’s a lot of things team-wise that makes the shots much easier.”

CU Buffs women’s basketball vs. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

TIPOFF: Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. MT, United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

TV/RADIO: TV — None. Radio — KHOW 630 AM

RECORDS: Louisiana 1-1; Colorado 2-0.

COACHES: Louisiana — Garry Brodhead, 11th season (170-137). Colorado — JR Payne, 7th season (96-84; 197-197 career)

KEY PLAYERS: Louisiana — F Tamera Johnson, 5-11, So. (15.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg); G Sherry Porter, 5-6, Sr. (8.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg); G Destiny Rice, 5-8, Jr. (7.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg); G Lanay Wheaton, 5-7, So. (10.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg); F Caira Wren, 5-10, Jr. (4.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg). Colorado — G Frida Formann, 5-11, Jr. (13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.5 spg); C Quay Miller, 6-3, Sr. (17.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 1.5 apg); G Jaylyn Sherrod, 5-7, Sr. (8.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.5 spg); C Aaronette Vonleh, 6-3, So. (10.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg); G Kindyll Wetta, 5-9, So. (5.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg).

NOTES: This is CU’s second game of the preseason WNIT, a four-team event that also includes Jackson State and Texas Tech. The Buffs defeated Jackson State, 77-53, on Saturday in Boulder in the first game of the round-robin event. CU will complete its portion of the WNIT against host Texas Tech on Wednesday. … CU has won 13 consecutive regular season non-conference games. … The Buffs are seeking their fifth 3-0 start in Payne’s seven seasons. … CU has played Louisiana twice before and every matchup has been on a neutral court. CU won 68-45 in the postseason WNIT on March 19, 2021, in Collierville, Tenn, and also beat the Ragin’ Cajuns, 73-50, on Dec. 5, 1993, during an early season event in Nacogdoches, Texas. … Louisiana opened its season with a 55-48 win against Houston and then lost at No. 3 Texas, 68-45, on Friday. … Louisiana was picked to finish third in the Sun Belt Conference in a preseason coaches’ poll. Senior guard Brandi Williams was picked for preseason All-Sun Belt second-team honors, but suffered a season-ending knee injury last month. … Last year, the Ragin’ Cajuns went 18-7 and reached the Sun Belt tournament semifinals.

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