Colorado 76, California 61

Colorado 76, California 61


BOULDER, Colo. - Aaronette Vonleh scored 19 points, including her first 3-pointer of the season, and No. 5 Colorado won its eighth straight by holding off California 76-61.

Quay Miller added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Colorado (14-1, 4-0 Pac-12) and Frida Formann scored all 14 of her points in the second half to help the Buffaloes break open a tight game. Colorado led by 20 points in the fourth quarter.

The Buffaloes used a strong inside game led by Vonleh and Miller to wear down the Bears (12-4, 2-2). Colorado also had an 18-9 advantage in fastbreak points.

Marta Suarez scored 14 points for a surprising California team that was picked to finish 11th in the preseason Pac-12 media poll. Ioanna Krimili had 11 points, below the graduate transfer’s 16.5-point average this season.

Colorado moved to 4-0 in conference play for the first time since 1994-95 when the team finished league play 14-0 as members of the Big Eight.

The Buffaloes guarded against looking ahead to Sunday’s showdown with No. 8 Stanford. That game will mark the first top-10 matchup at CU Events Center since eighth-ranked Colorado knocked off No. 7 Purdue on Dec. 3, 1995.

It could be a milestone moment for Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer, who enters the contest with 1,201 wins after Stanford beat Utah 66-64 on Friday night. VanDerveer has a chance to tie Mike Krzyzewski (1,202) as the all-time winningest coach, men’s or women’s, in the history of college basketball.

California had a rough opening half, shooting 35.7% and turning the ball over 11 times, but kept it an eight-point game thanks to five 3-pointers.


California: The last time the Bears knocked off a top-five team on the road was Jan. 13, 2013, when No. 7 Cal beat fifth-ranked Stanford 67-55.

Colorado: Of the team’s 14 wins this season, 13 have been decided by 10 or more points.

January 12, 2024


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