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3 takeaways from the Cowgirls season-opening loss to Colorado

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The Cowgirls had a slow start to their season on Wednesday night, losing 55-45 against a veteran squad of Colorado. Here are the three key takeaways from the regular season opener.

Turnovers

The Cowgirls turned the ball over 17 times with many passes seeming to have been forced into tight pockets and windows that were eventually stolen by the Buffaloes. Turnovers lead to fast breaks and points for the other team. Colorado ended with 16 points off turnovers and 15 points from fast breaks.

Outrebounded

Coach Jim Littell said before the season part of the identity of this team would have to be out rebounding their opponents. On Wednesday, the Cowgirls were out rebounded 41-31. The Cowgirls and Buffaloes tied in offensive rebounds with eight, with Colorado scored seven second-chance points while the Cowgirls scored two.

Offensive struggles

Lauren Fields, 16 points, and Lexy Keys, 17 points, were the only Cowgirls to score more than four points and had 33 of the Cowgirls 45.

Fields and Keys combined for 13-23 (57%) from the field, the other nine players to play combined to shoot just 4-31 (13%).

“I want them to take out of this that more people have to be accountable, step up, look to score and we have to do it collectively.” Littell said. “We’re not asking anybody to go get 20-25 (points) and we've had that here before, but we are asking players to score 10,12,13,14 points.”

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