WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES

After sophomore forward Maria Palarino and her teammates kept the score close for most of the first quarter, the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers women’s basketball team fell far behind the Colorado Buffaloes, resulting in an 81-54 loss.

The on-the-road loss puts the Terriers at (1-3) as the Buffaloes improve to (5-0).

After senior guard Olivia Levey went in for a jumper early in the first quarter and tied the game 5-5, the Buffaloes started quickly adding points and took the lead.

The Terriers were able to edge the opponent by one point with a three-pointer from senior guard Rachel Iozzia, but weren’t able to surpass them in scoring for the rest of the game.

Starting the second quarter with an 8-point lead, the Buffaloes made sure the Terriers stayed behind. Buffaloes sophomore guard Arianna Freeman led scoring during the quarter and brought her team up to a 36-24 lead by halftime.

The Terriers added 15 points in the third quarter as their opponent added 26, leading by as many as 28 points. Another 15 points were added by the Terriers in the final quarter, allowing the Buffaloes to take a game-high 30-point lead.

Palarino shot 5-for-7 from the field, 1-for-1 from behind the arc and 6-for-8 from the free throw line, accumulating 17 points. The sophomore also recorded four rebounds and three assists.

Junior forward Alex Delaney scored 12 points and added another three rebounds and two assists.

Freeman paced the Buffaloes with 24 points, three rebounds and two assists. Redshirt freshman forward Monica Burich poured another 19 points, while also recording eight rebounds and two steals.

Sophomore guard Kennedy Leonard put forth 16 points and a game-high five steals.

The Terriers will face the Boston College Eagles at 3:30 pm today for part two of the Colorado Tournament.