Colorado 70 - Washington 59
SEATTLE – Colorado eliminated Washington on its home turf 70-59 in Friday’s nightcap of the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinals at KeyArena.
With Colorado’s win, the Tournament semifinals feature the top four seeds: Stanford (1), California (2), UCLA (3) and fourth-seeded CU. Colorado’s only losses of the season were to those three teams, going a combined 0-5 against them this season.
The game was undecided till the final minute. Colorado held just a three-point lead over Washington heading into the break. Though the Buffs went on an 8-0 run to start the second half, UW caught up to stay within six points for much of the second period.
The momentum started to gather in Colorado’s favor when Mercedes Wetmore fouled CU guard Brittany Wilson on a three-point attempt with 4:05 left. Wilson made two of three free throws to extend Colorado’s 59-51 lead.
But with just over a minute left Washington drained back-to-back three-pointers to cut Colorado’s lead to four. An ensuing Chucky Jeffery layup brought it back to six, inciting the string of fouls and free throws to wrap up the game.
"I'm really proud of our players," Colorado coach Linda Lappe said. "I thought we stepped up big at certain times."
"We had a lot of players come in and do their job perfectly tonight ... [it] didn't matter who we brought in the game; we never missed a beat. It allowed us to get some good rest, so we were able to make a push at the end."
All 11 Colorado players who stepped onto the court scored. Freshman Jamee Swan’s contribution was the most timely, adding 10 of her 15 total points in the second half. She also grabbed 10 rebounds. Jeffery led the Buffs with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists.
"I feel like I played the best I've ever played," Swan said. "It was really nice to actually be out there and not be afraid and know what I was doing and have my teammates behind me."
Jazmine Davis paced Washington with 17 points and five rebounds on the night. Talia Walton added 13 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
Colorado takes on Stanford in the semifinals Saturday at 8:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal swept CU in the regular season, but Lappe said she is "excited" for the matchup.
"There is only one way you can look at a matchup with Stanford, and that is it's an opportunity," Lappe said. "They're the giants of the Pac‑12, and we get a shot at them."
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