Arielle Roberson leads No. 11 Colorado over visiting Denver

11:17 PM, Dec 12, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER - Arielle Roberson scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Thursday night and No. 11 Colorado dominated Denver 83-61 to remain unbeaten.

"Arielle was aggressive," CU coach Linda Lappe said. "She was aggressive from the very first play where she took it and scored it on the block. ... She was making moves and not trying to go through the defender, but around them instead. She used a lot of different fakes. I think she was very good both defensively and offensively."

Michaela Neuhaus hit a layup and a free throw to put Denver up 15-12 in the first half, but Colorado scrapped back and took an 18-17 lead on a layup by Rachel Hargis, then went on runs of 11-3 and 9-0 to lead 47-32 at halftime.

"We had a different level of defense in that period of time and what that led to was fast and easy baskets on our end," Lappe said. "The amount of time it took to change that lead was maybe only a minute or two because we increased the tempo defensively, which led to increased tempo offensively."

Colorado opened the second half with a 7-0 run and steadily pulled away, extending their lead to 26 points on a layup by Jamee Swan with 1:32 to play.

Roberson grabbed five offensive rebounds and five defensive boards as Colorado (9-0) out-rebounded Denver (1-8) 49-35 and outshot them 44.3 percent (27-61) to 37.1 percent (23-62).

"It felt good. I mean, it's finals week and I'm just trying to relieve some stress in some type of way," Roberson said. "This is the only way I really know how. I just went out there and played my game, and my teammates were great. They're always encouraging and we're all in the same boat. It's great energy."

Jen Reese scored 18 points for Colorado, Lexy Kresl scored 13 and had a game-high six assists, and Brittany Wilson added 12.

Neuhaus led Denver with 14 points.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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