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.
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