Fast break

What went right: The Buffs got the scoring punch they needed, with 75 points, four players in double figures and 8-for-17 shooting from 3-point range.

What went wrong: Too many turnovers (23) and not enough defense doomed the Buffs.

Star of the game: Kennedy Leonard. The junior had 20 points and eight assists, doing her part to keep the Buffs in the game until the fourth quarter.

What's next: CU will visit Washington (6-8, 0-3 Pac-12) on Sunday in Seattle. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m. MT.

PULLMAN, Wash. - On the Palouse, they call her Bobi Buckets, and the Colorado women's basketball team found out why on Friday night.

Borislava Hristova scored a career-high 36 points to lead host Washington State to an 89-75 victory against the Buffaloes at Beasley Coliseum.

Hristova, who went 15-for-21 from the floor, had the highest point total by a CU opponent in at least a decade, helping the Cougars pull away in the second half.

"She's really good and someone asked me at halftime what we were going to do to slow her down," CU head coach JR Payne said. "Every shot she took was contested. Good offense beats good defense every time. I thought that we were defending and contesting her shots, but she's just a heck of a player.


Advertisement

"

The Buffs (10-4, 1-2 Pac-12) were unable to stop Hristova or Maria Kostourkova (career-high 18 points), racked up 23 turnovers and missed 10 of 31 free throws in the loss to the Cougars (8-7, 1-2).

Kennedy Leonard led the Buffs with 20 points and eight assists, while Janea Bunn (15 points, 13 rebounds) had her second double-double of the season, but they came up short of their quest for a second consecutive conference win.

CU, which averages 17.9 turnovers per game, had 16 by halftime, leading to a six-point deficit, rather than a potential lead.

"We were just throwing the ball out of bounds," Payne said. "Our players are not allowed to make one-handed passes. We threw the ball directly out of bounds simply because we tried to throw a one-handed pass. Those are things we cannot afford to do."

In the second half, the Buffs cut down on the turnovers, but their defense wasn't good enough to help them catch up.

A 3-pointer by CU's Annika Jank pulled the Buffs within 70-63 with 8 minutes, 15 seconds to play, but Wazzu went on a 12-2 run over the next 3:28 to pull away.

One of the worst shooting teams in the Pac-12 this season, Washington State made 51.4 percent of its shots in the second half.

In addition to Leonard and Bunn, the Buffs got scoring punch from Alexis Robinson and Brecca Thomas, who had 12 points apiece.

"Scoring 75 points is a lot of points and you should be able to win a basketball game," Payne said. "But we gave up 18 (offensive) boards and we turned the ball over and our turnovers led to easy points for them and that combination was lethal."

Notable

The previous best point total by a CU opponent over the past decade by 35 by Washington's Kelsey Plum on Jan. 19, 2014. ... The record for a CU opponent was 41 points, by Iowa State's Lindsay Wilson on Feb. 26, 2003. ... CU is 5-9 all-time against the Cougars, including 1-6 in Pullman. The Buffs have lost five in a row in Pullman. ... Washington State outscored the Buffs 56-30 in the paint. ... Thomas went 3-for-4 from 3-point range, tying her career high for made 3s (she went 3-for-5 vs. UMass on Nov. 27, 2015). In Thomas' previous 37 games over the past two seasons, she was 5-for-25. ... Leonard went 8-for-8 at the free throw line, the most free throws without a miss in her career.

WASHINGTON STATE 89, COLORADO 75

COLORADO (10-4, 1-2 Pac-12)
Caylao-Do 0-0 4-6 4, Bunn 6-10 3-7 15, Robinson 3-9 4-7 12, Leonard 5-11 8-8 20, Jank 3-11 1-2 8, Thomas 4-5 1-1 12, Hollingshed 1-6 0-0 2, Diop 0-0 0-0 0, Knight 0-1 0-0 0, Castro 0-1 0-0 0, Curtis 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 23-55 21-31 75. WASHINGTON STATE (8-7, 1-2)
Hailey 2-4 1-2 5, Brown 1-7 0-0 2, Kostourkova 8-13 2-6 18, Pavlopoulou 1-6 1-2 4, Hristova 15-21 2-2 36, Washington 2-6 0-0 4, Muzet 2-3 2-2 6, Molina 4-11 2-4 10, McClure 1-3 0-0 2, Swedlund 0-6 2-2 2, Subasic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-80 12-20 89.

Colorado 19 17 21 18 - 75
Wash. State 20 22 26 21 - 89

3-point goals - CU 8-17 (Thomas 3-4, Robinson 2-4, Leonard 2-3, Jank 1-4, Hollingshed 0-2), WSU 5-22 (Hristova 4-6, Pavlopoulou 1-5, Brown 0-3, Molina 0-3, Swedlund 0-2, Hailey 0-1, Washington 0-1, Muzet 0-1). Rebounds - CU 40 (Bunn 13), WSU 42 (Brown 8). Assists - CU 18 (Leonard 8), WSU 17 (Pavlopoulou 5). Steals - CU 5 (five players with 1), WSU 12 (Pavlopoulou 4). Turnovers - CU 23, WSU 11. Total fouls - CU 16, WSU 26. Fouled out - Hailey. A - 679.