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CU women's basketball dominates Middle Tennessee, advances in NCAA Tournament

The Buffs knocked off the Blue Raiders 82-60 on Saturday to move on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

DURHAM, N.C. — Forget just making an entrance, the Buffs kicked open the door to The Dance.

No. 6-seed Colorado was dominant in its opening-round game of the women's NCAA Tournament, rolling past No. 11 Middle Tennessee with an 82-60 victory Saturday to advance to the second round. It is the Buffaloes' first NCAA Tournament victory since 2003.

The Buffs shot lights-out with a 48.4 percentage from the floor, including making 13 of their 27 attempts from the 3-point line.

Junior guard Frida Formann led the way for Colorado, scoring a game-high 21 points that included knocking down five shots from beyond the arc.

Senior guard Jaylyn Sherrod added 13 points, while sophomore center Aaronette Vonleh also reached double-figures with 11 points.

"It feels incredible. This entire year has been pretty incredible, though," head coach JR Payne said after the win. "Every opportunity I have to be with these guys, and then to win a game is a blessing."

Colorado will play the winner of No. 3 Duke and No. 14 Iona, who play later Saturday night. The Buffaloes' second-round game will be played on Monday with tip-off time to be announced.

Credit: AP
Colorado's Frida Formann (3) protects the ball from Middle Tennessee State's Jalynn Gregory (10) during the first half of a first-round college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B. DeBlaker)



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