Fast break

What went right: The Buffs got off to a good start, leading 18-10 early in the second quarter. They played well defensively and crashed the boards early on.

What went wrong: The offense sputtered once again, and the Buffs were dominated in the paint in the second half. After intermission, Oregon out-rebounded the Buffs 25-14 and outscored them 22-6 in the paint.

Star of the game: Lauren Huggins. She finished with just eight points, but was solid on defense and posted season highs of five rebounds and three steals.

What's next?: The Buffs host No. 11 Oregon State on Sunday at 3 p.m.

As shots continue to miss the mark and wins continue to be elusive, the Colorado women's basketball is trying to remain positive.

That's getting tougher with each disappointing defeat.

On Friday night, the Buffaloes returned home from a dreadful road trip, but fared no better at Coors Events Center in a 59-46 loss to Oregon.

Too many lapses negated the good that CU produced.

"I wish I knew," head coach Linda Lappe said about how to fix her team's lack of consistency. "Everybody is working hard, everybody wants to win, everybody wants to do the things it takes to get us where we want to go. It's just a matter of everybody putting it together at the right time.


"We don't have a large margin for error. We need everybody to be on their game and to be ready to go."

It's been a while since that happened.

The Buffs (5-13, 0-7 Pac-12) have now lost eight in a row — their longest skid since the 2009-10 season — and have yet to beat a power-five conference team this season.

Once again, the Buffs struggled mightily on offense, hitting just 31.7 percent of their shots. They are shooting at a 34.6 percent clip in conference play.

Colorado’s Jamee Swan, left, throws up a tough shot against Oregon’s Jacinat Vandenberg on Friday.
Colorado's Jamee Swan, left, throws up a tough shot against Oregon's Jacinat Vandenberg on Friday. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

"We have good enough players that can score the basketball," Lappe said. "I feel like we're getting some good shots. We just have to knock them down. We have to have our feet set. We just gotta have the confidence to step up and knock down the shots."

Lauren Huggins and Jamee Swan led the Buffs with eight points apiece, with Huggins hitting a pair of 3s late in the game. The Buffs trailed by 15 before those shots, though.

"I hoped that would spur us, but it was a little too late," he said.

CU was held below 30 percent in three of the four games on an recent road trip. Following Friday's game, Huggins said she didn't want to describe the funk as frustrating.

"Yes, we always would like to see the ball go through the hoop as much as possible, but we have to stay confident in our ability to score and our ability to get our teammates open," she said. "I think we do a great job of that in practice.

"Rather than getting frustrated, I think we need to keep a positive mindset and know we're getting good looks, and the ball is going to go in."

Early on Friday, the ball did go in the hoop, as the Buffs build an 18-10 lead in the second quarter. Oregon (13-5, 2-5) then used an 11-0 run to take its first lead of the game.

CU never led again and spent the right of the night playing catch-up.


Oregon's Jillian Alleyne had 14 points and 15 rebounds for her 15th double-double of the season. ... Alleyne had 13 of her rebounds after halftime, helping the Ducks to a 25-14 advantage on the boards in the final two quarters. ... CU had scored at least 61 points in each home game before Friday. ... Huggins had season highs of five rebounds and three steals.

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Oregon 59, Colorado 46

OREGON (13-5, 2-5 Pac-12)

Alleyne 7-12 0-5 14, Vandenberg 0-5 2-2 2, Cazorla 5-12 0-0 11, Bando 4-10 4-5 14, Petersen 3-8 1-2 8, Loera 1-1 0-0 3, Brenner 1-1 0-0 2, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Yearwood 0-1 0-0 0, Gildon 0-1 0-0 0, Cooper 2-3 0-1 5. Totals 23-54 7-15 59..

COLORADO (5-13, 0-7)

Smith 3-12 0-0 6, Huggins 3-7 0-0 8, Swan 4-14 0-1 8, Robinson 3-8 0-0 6, Leonard 2-10 1-2 5, Ellis 1-2 0-0 2, Thomas 1-3 1-2 4, Correal 0-2 1-2 1, Beard-Fails 2-2 2-2 6. Totals 19-60 5-9 46..

Score by quarters:

Oregon 7 21 17 14 — 59 Colorado 12 10 13 11 — 46

3-point goals — Oregon 6-14 (Bando 2-5, Loera 1-1, Petersen 1-2, Cooper 1-2, Cazorla 1-4), Colorado 3-12 (Huggins 2-5, Thomas 1-2, Robinson 0-1, Leonard 0-4). Rebounds — Oregon 42 (Alleyne 15), Colorado 36 (Swan 8). Assists — Oregon 12 (Cazorla 4), Colorado 11 (Leonard 3). Turnovers — Oregon 15, Colorado 10. Total fouls — Oregon 11, Colorado 19. A — 3,818.