SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Alissa Pili scored 25 points, Gianna Kneepkens had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists and No. 13 Utah beat Colorado 85-58 on Wednesday night in a Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Pili scored 20-plus for the fourth straight game, including back-to-back 28-point performances. She was 10 of 14 from the field and Utah shot 57%.
Colorado had not allowed an opponent to score more than 50 points in the last four games but Utah, the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense at 94.4 points per game, reached the mark with 5:50 left in the third quarter.
Utah started the fouth quarter on a 15-2 run, with seven points from Pili.
Jenna Johnson added 14 points and seven rebounds for Utah (9-0), which moved up to its highest position in the AP poll since 2008. The Utes remain at home to face UC Riverside on Saturday.
Utah took control in the second quarter, going on a 21-4 run to build a 40-21 lead and it was 44-28 at halftime. Colorado only made two field goals, on 14 attempts, in the second quarter.
Aaronette Vonleh scored 10 points for Colorado (8-3). The Buffaloes made just 18-of-58 shots (31%).
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