BARCELONA, Spain—Frida FormanSunday night’s shoot was as hot as the scorching temperatures the Colorado women’s basketball team experienced in Spain. Formann scored 30 points and helped the Buffaloes to a 71-49 win over the Barcelona All-Stars.
The Buffs finished the trip with a 3-0 record with one day remaining in Spain, before returning home on Tuesday. Colorado has shown signs of improvement throughout the tour, growing as a team over the past week and a half.
“I think we played pretty well in spurts tonight,” the head coach said. JR Payne noted after the victory. “You could see all the new stuff on the pitch, but I think we played well tonight. We definitely had different line-ups and different looks that we can start tinkering with. I’m delighted with how we’ve progressed in three games.”
The Buffs opened the night with a 10-0 run, getting straight 3s from Jada Wynn begin. First-year student Brianna McLeod had five points in the quarter and the Buffs were a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line, gaining a 19-4 lead.
Formann, who didn’t score in the first quarter, caught fire in the second with four 3s. She totaled 12 of the team’s 19 points in the second quarter, helping the Buffs take a 38-17 lead at halftime. -time.
Barcelona came within 10 points in the third quarter, but Formann continued to be in fine form with three more triples in the quarter to take a 22-point lead at the end of the third.
Formann extended the fourth quarter lead to 29, 65-36, with his 10th 3 of the game in the first four minutes of the period.
“Frida shot the ball really well tonight,” Payne continued. “It’s not just that. She’s very heady. She’s savvy. She’s confident. She communicates. She does everything you need a veteran to do and it was really fun to see her teammates celebrating her like that.”
Payne added that the experience of being together on this trip brought the team together in a way that normal practice and team activities never could.
“It’s been amazing [this trip]. Everything about it has been so awesome. Of culture, food, excursions and games. I really feel like we’ve grown and bonded as a group more than we ever could at home, on and off the pitch. It’s been an amazing tour.”
Once the Buffs are back, business will be back to normal, with classes tossed into the mix from August 22.