Buffaloes shock top-ranked Cardinal in overtime with Hollingshed’s 32 points

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The unranked Colorado Buffaloes pulled the biggest upset of the college basketball community this season. The Buffaloes defeated the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Sunday afternoon.

The Buffaloes won 77-72 over the Cardinal in overtime at CU Events Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Colorado Buffaloes forward Peanut Tuitele celebrates after her team defeated the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal
Peanut Tuitele celebrates after her team defeated the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal (Photo by Colorado Buffaloes Athletic Department)

With the win, the Buffaloes improved to 6-6 on the season. They are 4-5 in conference play.

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This was the first time that the Cardinal lost a game this season. They are now 11-1 (8-1 in conference) on the season.

“I’m just unbelievably proud of our ball club,” Buffaloes head coach JR Payne said. “I told them all there’s 1,000 reasons I’m proud of them. The way we performed today was the biggest. We just really had the right mindset going into this game. There was no fear. We were excited for the opportunity. We didn’t start out necessarily the way that we wanted but our team rallied and really dug in and stayed really positive with each other and with themselves and just continued to compete on every single possession.”

Mya Hollingshed led the Buffaloes with a game-high 32 points. She also had 10 rebounds, one assist, and five steals.

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Colorado had three players, who scored in double figures. Frida Formann had 15 and Peanut Tuitele contributed 10 points.

“All of them just played so well,” Payne said. “Mya [Hollingshed] was just unstoppable tonight. 32 is a career-high in points. She was scoring in every possible way. I’m really just trying to feed her and she did a great job against a fantastic defense. Mya was very consistent. She scored the ball. She shot the ball well, she rebounded. Mya was just extremely consistent and was pretty clutch when we needed it. Frida [Formann] hit some really big shots and hit a couple big free throws. She hit some shots when we really needed something. She had a big three on the break and I think another one when the clock was winding down. We didn’t have a lot going on offensively and she was able to hit that shot. I love the fact that she’s just completely fearless. No matter what the situation or who the opponent is, you know, she plays very fearlessly.

“We weren’t even sure if Peanut [Tuitele] would get to play the second half, she was pretty banged up after that fall that she took. She’s just such a tough, resilient kid. Unless she had an arm taken off, she’s going do everything she can to be in the ballgame. More for her teammates than for herself.”

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The Buffaloes had nine bench points. Tayanna Jones led the bench with five points.

Lexie Hull led the Cardinal with 19 points. She also had five rebounds, three assists, and four steals.

Hull was one of three Stanford players, who scored in double digits. Haley Jones had 16, while Cameron Brink had 13.

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Stanford had 20 bench points. Brink led the team with the aforementioned 13 bench points.

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