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What went right: Colorado finally played relatively well on defense, especially early on. That kept the Buffs in the game for nearly three quarters.

What went wrong: The offense was atrocious, as the Buffs posted the second-lowest single-game point total in program history. They went nearly 19 minutes without a point during the middle of the game.

Star of the game: Haley Smith was probably the best Buff, as she posted eight points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes.

What's next?: CU plays at No. 9 Stanford on Sunday at 1 p.m. MST

The Colorado women's basketball team knew it would have a tough time replacing Jamee Swan in the lineup.

The Buffaloes may not have expected it to be this difficult, though.

With Swan in Boulder nursing a lower back injury, the Buffs were historically bad on offense in a 64-35 blowout loss to No. 21 California at Haas Pavilion on Friday night in Berkeley, Calif..

CU (5-9, 0-3 Pac-12) avoided the lowest-scoring game in program history, barely. The Buffs' 35 points were their second-lowest ever in a game. It was just the ninth time CU has ever been held below 40 points, and only the third time since 1978.

Swan, who leads the Buffs in scoring (15.4 points per game) and rebounding (7.8 per game), did not make the trip to the Bay Area after injuring her back late in Monday's 74-66 loss to Washington State. Friday marked the first time the senior has ever missed a game, as she had played in 111 consecutive contests.


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Without her, the Buffs jumped to a 14-12 lead on a Haley Smith 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 27 seconds to play in the first quarter. That was the end of the good news for CU.

After Smith's 3, the Buffs went 18:47 without a point - including all 10 minutes of the second quarter. During that stretch, the Buffs went 0-for-16 from the floor and committed 15 turnovers.

Cal (10-4, 1-2) struggled throughout the first half, too, but turned it on in the second to pull away.

For the night, CU made just 25.5 percent of its shots (12 of 47) and committed 25 turnovers. Cal scored 22 points off of those turnovers.

Freshman Kennedy Leonard led CU with 12 points, while Smith had eight points and eight rebounds. Dynamic freshman Kristine Anigwe led Cal with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Notable

The program record for fewest points in a game is 32 in a 62-32 loss at Texas on Jan. 17, 2009. ... CU's 5-9 start is its worst through 14 games since the 2005-06 team also started 5-9. ... Entering the game, CU ranked in the top 15 nationally in both free throw percentage and 3-point percentage, but was just7-for-12 at the line and 4-for-18 beyond the arc.

No. 21 CALIFORNIA 64, COLORADO 35 COLORADO (5-9)

Robinson 1-7 0-0 2, Leonard 5-14 0-0 12, Correal 1-4 0-0 2, Smith 2-8 3-4 8, Huggins 1-8 0-0 3, Ellis 2-4 3-4 7, Watts 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Beard-Fails 0-0 1-4 1. Totals 12-47 7-12 35.

CALIFORNIA (10-4)

Thomas 4-5 0-0 8, Cowling 1-10 1-4 3, Range 4-11 2-2 10, Anigwe 7-12 6-8 20, Green 3-11 3-4 9, Davidson 1-2 0-2 2, Mosley 3-4 0-1 6, Waters 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 26-60 12-21 64.

Colorado 14 9 12— California 14 9 18 23—64

3-Point Goals_Colorado 4-18 (Leonard 2-6, Smith 1-2, Huggins 1-7, Ellis 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Thomas 0-1), California 0-6 (Davidson 0-1, Green 0-1, Range 0-2, Cowling 0-2). Fouled Out_Davidson. Rebounds_Colorado 31 (Smith 8), California 46 (Anigwe 13). Assists_Colorado 8 (Robinson 4), California 14 (Anigwe, Thomas 4). Total Fouls_Colorado 24, California 11. A_1,173.