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What went right: CU was much better on offense than it was on Friday, and played fairly well on defense to make this a game into the fourth quarter.

What went wrong: The Buffs were dominated in the paint, as Stanford held a 42-31 edge on the boards and outscored CU 30-14 inside.

Star of the game: Haley Smith. The junior had 17 points and nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks to lead the Buffs.

What's next: CU will visit No. 14 Arizona State on Friday night.

STANFORD, Calif. — Following one of the worst offensive performances in program history, the Colorado women's basketball team put forth a valiant effort on Sunday.

In the end, though, No. 9 Stanford was too much, as the Cardinal handed the Buffaloes a 71-56 defeat at Maples Pavilion.

CU (5-10, 0-4 Pac-12) lost its fifth in a row, but didn't make it easy on Stanford (13-3, 3-1).

CU, which was routed at Cal, 64-35, on Friday night, pulled within 57-52 on a Haley Smith jumper with 5:58 to play to put some pressure on the Cardinal. Stanford responded, however, with a 10-0 run to put the game away.

"Any time we have a game like the one we had against Cal, you can put your tail between your legs or you can come out swinging," CU head coach Linda Lappe said in a press release. "And, I thought we came out swinging. It was our aggressiveness, and that everybody was engaged."


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Smith had 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks for the Buffs.

"Haley Smith, I thought, had an outstanding game, made things happen," Lappe said. "She probably played one of her best games of her career."

Alexis Robinson added 15 points and five rebounds, while Kennedy Leonard had nine points and five assists.

CU made just 25.5 percent of its shots at Cal, but was 23 of 56 (41.1 percent) against the Cardinal.

Kaylee Johnson (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Erica McCall (16 points, 11 rebounds) both posted double-doubles for the Cardinal.

Stanford made just 37.9 percent of its shots, but out-rebounded the Buffs 42-31 and dominated at the free throw line. The Cardinal went 23 of 34 at the line, including 12-for-15 in the fourth. CU was just four of eight at the line for the day.

CU scored the first seven points of the game and led 11-3 midway through the first period before cooling off.

Lappe, however, came away pleased with how her team responded after Friday's rout.

"I did like how we played together today," she said. "We were there for each other, we were fighting for each other, and just saw some really positive steps in that direction."

Notable

The Buffs played their second game in a row without senior forward Jamee Swan. The Buffs' leading scorer and rebounder injured her lower back on Jan. 4 against Washington State and did not make the trip to the Bay Area. ... For the second year in a row, CU is off to an 0-4 start in Pac-12 play. The Buffs are off to their worst start through 15 games since the 1984-85 team was 4-11 at this point in the season.

No. 9 STANFORD 71, COLORADO 56

COLORADO (5-10)

Robinson 6-14 2-4 15, Leonard 4-14 0-0 9, Correal 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 8-13 0-0 17, Huggins 2-6 0-0 6, Ellis 1-2 1-2 3, Watts 1-2 0-0 2, Thomas 1-3 0-0 3, Beard-Fails 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 23-56 4-8 56.

STANFORD (13-3)

Thompson 3-15 4-8 12, Sniezek 1-4 3-4 5, McCall 6-15 4-4 16, Kai. Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Samuelson 3-7 4-5 11, Kay. Johnson 6-7 5-9 17, Roberson 2-8 3-4 7, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, McPhee 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 22-58 23-34 71.

Colorado 14 7 19 16—56

Stanford 14 14 21 22—71

3-Point Goals — Colorado 6-17 (Huggins 2-4, Smith 1-1, Thomas 1-1, Robinson 1-3, Leonard 1-7, Ellis 0-1), Stanford 4-14 (Thompson 2-7, Samuelson 1-2, McPhee 1-2, Kay. Johnson 0-1, Roberson 0-2). Fouled Out — Correal, Leonard. Rebounds — Colorado 31 (Smith 9), Stanford 42 (Kay. Johnson, McCall 11). Assists — Colorado 13 (Leonard 5), Stanford 11 (Kay. Johnson 4). Total Fouls — Colorado 24, Stanford 12. A — 3,188.