Buffs Run Away Late For 60-50 Win
BOULDER, Colo. – Freshman Tameiya Sadler had 14 points in her return from a two-game absence, but the Huskies (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12) were outscored 32-17 in the second half and fell, 60-50, to Colorado (4-4, 2-3) on Friday at the CU Events Center.
The Huskies came out strong in the first half and led 33-28 at the midway point. UW held the Buffaloes without a field goal over the final 5:57 of the second quarter and would outscore them 8-1 down the stretch to take a five-point lead into the locker room. But the second half was a different story.
"We were the tougher team in the first half. We took charges and rebounded the ball," Husky Coach Jody Wynn said. "But they were the tougher team in the second half. We gave away too many points in the paint, coupled with far too many turnovers on our offensive end."
The Huskies held the Buffs to 1-of-13 from 3-point range and forced 21 turnovers but were out-muscled down low with Colorado outscoring UW, 42-24, in the paint. Coupled with 22 of their own turnovers and 4-of-27 shooting from distance – including 1-of-13 in the second half – the Huskies could not mount a rally.
UW was 2-for-12 in the fourth quarter, including 1-of-their-last-11.
"When we aren't shooting the ball well, we need all the possessions we can get," Wynn said. "Overall, we did what we needed to do defensively on the perimeter, but their posts had their way inside."
The game was back-and-forth for the first 30 minutes before Colorado pulled away in the fourth quarter. Quay Miller hit two of her 12 points at the rim at 9:46 in the final quarter to give the Huskies a 46-45 lead, but the Buffs rattled off the next six points go up for good.
The six-straight Colorado points forced Wynn to call a timeout and the Huskies answered with four-straight points. Haley Van Dyke hit a lay in and Sadler knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the Buffs' lead to one, 51-50. Ultimately, Sadler's free throws at the 5:17 mark would be the last time the Huskies would score.
Colorado tallied the final nine points of the game, which started when Aubrey Knight converted an offensive rebound into a basket and was fouled for a three-point play. It was part of an 11-point day for Knight.
Maya Hollingshed had a game-high 19 points, most of which came from within 10 feet of the basket.
Van Dyke scored the Huskies first five points of the game and finished with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
The Huskies return to the court on Sunday, Jan. 3 at Utah with tip scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the Huntsman Center.