Buffs Fall in Overtime
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Colorado women's basketball team dropped its first game of the season to close out its three-game stint in the Preseason WNIT on Wednesday. The Buffaloes weren't able to complete the sweep in Lubbock, falling to Texas Tech 86-85 in overtime.
Colorado (3-1) was led by 20-point efforts from seniors Jaylyn Sherrod and Quay Miller. Sherrod, who needed five points to hit 700 for her career, scored 19 of 21 points in the second half. Miller secured her second double-double of the year, totaling a career-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go with 13 rebounds.
Three different Buffs fouled out on Wednesday night as Colorado got whistled for 34 personal fouls. CU was forced to finish the game with Sherrod, Frida Formann and Jada Wynn on the bench with a combined 36 points.
Texas Tech (2-1) shot 41 total free throws, going 87.8 percent (36-41) from the line. The Lady Raiders had more free throws made than Colorado had attempts (32). TTU had 18 of its 34 points at the half come from the charity stripe. CU's 34 fouls on Wednesday tied for the second most in program history (last time Nov. 17, 2014, vs Western Kentucky).
"We never foul like that," head coach JR Payne noted after the game. "You could probably go back six years and never find a game where we fouled like that with this veteran of a ballclub. It was frustrating. Over half of their points at halftime were at the line. It's just very difficult to play a game like that.
The Buffs led by seven after the first half and by as many as 16 in the second quarter. CU was outscored 52-44 in the second half and overtime, in a game that featured 13 lead changes and 15 ties.
"Every time we take the floor is an opportunity to learn," Payne added. "This game is better for us than a 20-point win over someone that doesn't challenge us in these ways. I'm disappointed with the outcome but certainly glad that we had an opportunity to play a tough team on their floor in a very challenging environment. I think we definitely have a lot that we can learn from this."
TTU was led by Rhyle McKinney's 22 points on the night.
How it Happened
Colorado got off to a great start to the night, totaling 27 points in the first quarter. The Buffs opened 8-of-9 shooting to start and went 11-for-15 in the quarter. Tameiya Sadler had seven points in the first 10 minutes, helping the Black & Gold to a seven-point lead at the close of the frame.
Colorado used a 12-3 run to start the second quarter, growing the lead to 16, 39-23, with 4:13 to go before the half. TTU closed the final four minutes with an 11-2 run to narrow, CU's lead to 41-34 at the break.
Texas Tech was 18-for-20 from the free-throw line in the first half, compared to CU's 7-for-11.
The Tech run continued into the third quarter, with the Lady Raiders erasing the Buffs' lead and tying the game at 41-41. Sherrod hit a 3-pointer, her 700th career point, to put the Buffs back up 44-41. Sherrod totaled 14 points in the quarter and the Buffs took a 62-58 lead into the final quarter.
The lead switched sides four times in the fourth quarter, with neither team getting more than a four-point advantage. Texas Tech hit three free throws in the first three minutes of the to regain the lead, 65-64. CU climbed back in front off a pair of Kindyll Wetta free-throws, 67-66, with 5:21 left on the clock.
Formann fouled out with 12 points and CU ahead 79-77 at the 31-second mark. Sherrod added her 21st point of the night from the line before she fouled out with an 8-78 lead. TTU tied the game on the ensuing free throws and forced overtime.
CU scored the first three points in the overtime but went 1-for-7 from the floor in the extra period. TTU's Jazmaine Lewis hit the game-winner with 31 seconds to play, but the Buffs couldn't get a shot to fall in the final possession.
Texas Tech's head coach picked up a technical foul call with 1:35 to play in the first quarter. The technical foul came after a personal foul that sent Wynn to the line. Wynn and Sadler both made 1-of-2 on the free throws, the Buffs a 23-18 lead. Nine of the next 13 fouls in the game came against the Buffs and 28 of CU's 34 foul calls came after the technical was awarded.
Colorado returns home to play Air Force at the CU Events Center on Saturday (2 p.m. MT).
CU falls to 5-18 all-time against Texas Tech…Coach Payne is now 5-5 all-time in overtime games at CU…The last time CU lost after holding a 15-point lead before Wednesday was at Washington State on Feb. 9, 2020…Colorado had only 11 assists on the night, having averaged 19.7 per game in the first three games…CU had two 20-point scorers for the first time since Mya Hollingshed (22) and Aubrey Knight (24) did so in a 77-69 overtime win against UAB in New Orleans on Dec. 20, 2019…The 86 points were the most allowed by CU since Oregon's 101 (Feb. 1, 2020).