No. 6 Nebraska beats Colorado, 80-64Jan 31, 2010 - 1:52 AM BOULDER, Colo.(AP) -- Kelsey Griffin and Nebraska are just focusing on the game at hand and not worried about being undefeated.
Griffin scored 24 points, including the 1,700th of her career, to help No. 6 Nebraska remain unbeaten with an 80-64 victory over Colorado on Saturday.
"We aren't thinking about that right now," Griffin said. "We put all our focus on Colorado and after the game was over we put all our attention on Oklahoma State because we can't afford looking any farther than Oklahoma State."
Dominique Kelley matched her season high with 18 points for Nebraska (19-0, 6-0 Big 12), which is off to the best start of any Big 12 team since the conference's inception in 1996-97.
"We have the attitude that every game is a big game, to never get too high or too low," said Griffin, who has scored 1,715 points in her career at Nebraska. "I never expected to have a season like this as a team, but it has come together with a lot of dedication helped by the fact we've played together so long and we know each other's tendencies."
Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner added 11 each for the Cornhuskers, who won in Boulder for the sixth time in 31 games and remain the only undefeated team besides top-ranked Connecticut. The Huskies blew out Pittsburgh 98-56.
"We really don't look at it as pressure to win," Nebraska coach Coni Yori said. "The media likes to talk about it and it's great because it helps to create interest in our program but at the same time we just need to keep taking care of what we're doing and not look ahead too much in fact not look ahead at all.
Bianca Smith and Chucky Jeffrey led Colorado (12-8, 2-5) with 14 points apiece. Jeffrey had 11 rebounds for her first career double-double and the Buffaloes suffered their season-high third straight loss.
Nicole Neals made a 3-pointer and Kelley contributed a three-point play to make it 44-33 after Colorado had trimmed the lead to 38-33 on Jeffrey's layup early in the second half.
"I didn't even notice, said Griffin about the tightening of the game. "We just try to play every possession."
Griffin made two layups to increase Nebraska's advantage to 13, but with Griffin getting a two-minute rest, the Buffaloes got to within 50-44 on Meagan Malcolm- Peck's 3-pointer with 12 minutes left.
Griffin hit a layup, blocked a shot and came up with a steal upon her return and her basket with 9:03 to go put the Cornhuskers ahead 58-46. Montgomery had layups off an inbound pass and a steal and Turner followed with a 3-pointer to pad Nebraska's lead to 70-52 with 4:31 remaining.
"I think we have to be tougher in those stretches," Smith said. "Sometimes, we lose our focus and that's when teams push a six-point to 12 on us."
The Buffaloes never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.
Griffin was limited to eight points in the first half, but Kelley filled the void with nine as Nebraska built a 37-29 lead. Two free throws by Griffin and Neals' 3-pointer gave the Cornhuskers their biggest lead of the half, 27-13, but Smith got the lead under double digits with a pair of 3-pointers in the last minute.
"There is no doubt Nebraska is one of the top teams in the country," Colorado coach Kathy McConnell-Miller said. "They have a very solid starting five that I would match against any starting five in the country."
- NCAA WOMENS BB
NEBRASKA (6) 80
COLORADO 64 FINAL
Jan 30 7:37 PM
- NCAA WOMENS BB
NEBRASKA (6) 37
COLORADO 29 HALFTIME
Jan 30 6:24 PM
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