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What went right: The Buffs had four players score in double figures, out-rebounded the Cougars (37-36) and turned 18 offensive rebounds into 19 second-chance points.

What went wrong: CU got off to a bad start and never figured out a way to stop the Washington State offense. The Cougars made 10 of 18 3-pointers and shot 52.7 percent from the floor overall.

Star of the game: Kennedy Leonard. The freshman was sensational, with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

What's next: CU wraps up the regular season on Saturday at Washington.

Coming off its best performance of the season, the Colorado women's basketball team was hoping to carry some momentum to the road.

The good vibes were gone quickly on Thursday night, however.

CU got off to a slow start and never recovered in a 83-70 loss to Washington State at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash.

The Buffs (7-21, 2-15 Pac-12) fell to 0-12 on the road this season and looked nothing like the team that thumped California, 78-57, on Sunday in Boulder.

Four Buffs scored in double figures, led by Kennedy Leonard's 20 points, but they hit just 40.5 percent of their shots as a team, while Washington State connected on 52.7 percent of its shots. Borislava Hristova led the Cougars (14-14, 5-12) with 17 points.

In the penultimate game of the regular season, the Buffs never led, and fell behind 12-2 less than three minutes into the contest. They spent the rest of the night playing catch-up.


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Midway through the second quarter, CU did nearly catch the Cougars. A layup from Zoe Correal pulled CU within 30-27 with 5:18 to play in the quarter. Washington State responded with three consecutive 3-pointers, however, and closed the half on a 15-6 run.

The Cougars' lead reached 21 points late in the third quarter, as the Buffs were never really in the game after intermission.

Leonard, named the Pac-12 freshman of the week on Monday, tied her career high with seven rebounds and added seven assists.

Haley Smith (17 points), Jamee Swan (14 points, eight rebounds) and Alexis Robinson (11 points) also scored in double figures for CU.

Washington State, which made 10 of 18 shots (55.6 percent) from 3-point range, had five players in double figures.

Notable

CU has tied for the second-most losses in program history. The 2005-06 team (9-21) also lost 21. The record is 22, by the 1984-85 squad (6-22). ... Leonard has averaged 21.2 points and 10.0 assists in the last two games. ... The Buffs finish the regular season Saturday at Washington. ... With Thursday's loss, the Buffs cannot finish any higher than 10th in the conference standings.

Washington State 83, Colorado 70

COLORADO (7-21, 2-15 Pac-12)

Ellis 0-5 0-0 0, Robinson 4-10 1-2 11, Leonard 8-15 1-3 20, Smith 8-14 1-1 17, Swan 7-15 0-0 14, Thomas 0-3 0-0 0, Correal 1-1 0-0 2, Huggins 2-10 0-0 6, Beard-Fails 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-74 3-6 70.

WASHINGTON STATE (14-14, 5-12)

Hailey 2-3 1-1 5, Awa 4-6 2-2 12, Kostourkova 5-7 2-2 12, Cooks 2-3 1-2 6, Hristova 7-16 1-1 17, McKenzie 0-0 1-2 1, Williamson 0-0 0-0 0, Edmondson 2-5 5-5 11, Kmetovska 0-0 0-0 0, McClure 0-2 0-0 0, Pavlopoulou 3-4 0-0 7, Swedlund 3-7 2-2 10, Blanaru 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 29-55 15-17 83..

Score by quarters:

Colorado 17 16 21 16 — 70 Washington St. 24 21 26 12 — 83

3-point field goals — CU 7-18 (Leonard 3-5, Robinson 2-4, Huggins 2-8, Thomas 0-1), Washington State 10-18 (Awa 2-3, Hristova 2-4, Edmondson 2-4, Swedlund 2-5, Cooks 1-1, Pavlopoulou 1-1). Rebounds — CU 37 (Swan 8), Washington State 36 (Kostourkova, Pavlopoulou 5). Assists — CU 9 (Leonard 7), Washington State 20 (Pavlopoulou 6). Turnovers — CU 17, Washington State 21. Total fouls — CU 20, Washington State 14. Fouled out — Robinson.