During the first half of the season, the Colorado women's basketball team thrived in close games.

Those situations have been brutal on the Buffs in the second half.

On Thursday night, the Buffs lost to Oregon 64-62 when Brittany Wilson's running floater hit off the rim at the buzzer at the Coors Events Center.

It was the third time in the last five home games that CU (16-12, 5-12 Pac-12) has lost a game in either the closing seconds or overtime.


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"I think we just have to believe," CU head coach Linda Lappe said. "We believed we could win those close games early in the season and it's been a little bit different here lately. We've just got to get back to believing that we can win a close game."

Winning any kind of game would be nice for the Buffs, who have lost five in a row and eight of their last nine. They fell to 2-6 in conference home games.

"No loss ever feels good and they shouldn't feel good," Lappe said. "When they start to feel OK, then you've lost the spirit of why we all compete. We can't do that. We can't just get used to doing this. I'm not used to this and our team can't be used to this either, and I don't think they are. But, at some point you've got to start to make a change."

Maintaining a positive attitude, the Buffs appeared poised for that change Thursday against the Ducks (15-14, 7-10), which came in riding a three-game skid.

CU had plenty of positives during the game, too.

Chucky Jeffery, despite not playing the first 10-plus minutes, led the way with 19 points for CU. She also had nine rebounds. Julie Seabrook added 16 points and eight rebounds, while Lexy Kresl had 10 points. The Buffs out-rebounded and out-shot the Ducks.

Yet, the Buffaloes failed to score after tying the game on a Kresl 3-pointer with 2:13 to play. They were 0-for-4 from the floor and 0-for-2 from the line after that bucket.

Oregon's Ariel Thomas then hit a free throw with 8.2 seconds left, and CU called a timeout with 3.2 seconds to play.

"We knew they were going to be keying on Chucky (Jeffery)," Lappe said. "We took her around and cleared her out and they were right on her. They were right on Lexy. The plan for was B-Will to catch it at the top and really just penetrate to the rim and get a 12-15-foot jumper in there. I thought we had a decent look. It was a little bit of a floater and we just couldn't get it to go down."

Led by Jeffery, Seabrook, Kresl and Meagan Malcolm-Peck, who buried a couple 3-pointers, CU lead 30-28 at the half and increased the lead to 35-30 early in the second half.

Oregon responded with an 8-0 run and took its first lead of the game on a Danielle Love 3-pointer with 16:02 to play. After that, CU tied the game twice but never regained the lead.

Little things, such as missed box-outs, missed assignments on defense and a couple crucial missed free throws hurt.

"Any time there's a close game, you look back and there's no one shot that lost you the game, no one play that lost you the game," Lappe said. "I can think of a couple different times in the second half where we lost the game. It wasn't at the end. Anything you can control, when you don't control those things, those things end coming back to bite you and I think that's what happened."

Oregon 64, Colorado 62 OREGON (64)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Love 27 3-6 3-4 0-0 3 4 9

Johnson 27 4-13 2-4 1-2 12 1 11

Holliday 20 4-9 0-0 0-0 0 3 8

Thomas 25 1-7 0-4 5-6 6 3 7

Jackson 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Weaver 20 4-12 2-6 1-3 1 0 11

Stanulis 20 1-2 1-1 1-2 4 1 4

Loera 15 3-6 2-5 0-0 0 0 8

Brenner 25 0-4 0-0 4-4 5 2 4

Petersen 19 0-1 0-0 2-2 5 1 2

Team 4

Totals 200 20-61 10-24 14-19 40 15 64

Assists (13): Stanulis 4, Petersen 3, Johnson 2, Brenner 2, Love, Holliday.

Steals (7): Stanulis 3, Johnson 2, Thomas, Loera.

Turnovers (12): Brenner 4, Johnson 3, Love, Holliday, Thomas, Stanulis, Petersen.

Blocked shots (1): Stanulis.

COLORADO (62)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

MM-Peck 33 2-6 2-5 1-2 5 2 7

Seabrook 29 5-11 0-3 6-6 8 3 16

B. Wilson 22 2-9 1-5 2-4 3 2 7

A. Wilson 26 0-4 0-2 0-0 5 1 0

Sborov 25 1-2 0-0 1-2 7 4 3

Kresl 21 4-12 2-8 0-0 3 1 10

Jeffery 26 6-11 4-5 3-3 9 4 19

Hargis 18 0-2 0-0 0-0 3 2 0

Team 0

Totals 200 20-57 9-28 13-17 43 19 62

Assists (15): Jeffery 4, A. Wilson 3, Malcolm-Peck 2, B. Wilson 2, Sborov 2, Seabrook, Kresl.

Steals (4): Jeffery 2, Sborov, Hargis.

Turnovers (16): A. Wilson 5, Seabrook 2, B. Wilson2, Sborov 2, Jeffery 2, Malcolm-Peck, Kresl, Hargis.

Blocked shots (5): Hargis 3, Seabrook 2.

Halftime score: Colorado 30, Oregon 28.

Technical fouls -- None.

Attendance -- 1,569.