What went right: CU's zone defense was solid most of the night, the Buffs rebounded fairly well and kept their turnovers down.
What went wrong: UCLA's experienced talent - led by star point guard Jordin Canada - just took over when it mattered most.
Star of the game: Alexis Robinson. The junior scored a career-high 31 points and dished five assists for the Buffs.
What's next: CU concludes the regular season Saturday at Southern California at 2 p.m. MT.
LOS ANGELES - Alexis Robinson had a career night, and the Colorado women's basketball team did just about all it could to pull off a major upset on Thursday night.
All-American Jordin Canada and the No. 10-ranked UCLA Bruins were just a bit better, however, thwarting the Buffaloes' upset bid with a 73-67 victory at Pauley Pavilion.
Canada, one of the front-runners for Pac-12 player of the year honors, scored 20 points - all in the second half - and dished 11 assists to lead the Bruins (22-6, 13-4 Pac-12), who routed the Buffs, 93-55, in Boulder on Jan. 14.
CU (14-14, 5-12) had its two-game win streak snapped, but it certainly wasn't because it lacked effort, especially from Robinson.
A junior guard, Robinson scored a career-high 31 points, including hitting five 3-pointers. She also had five assists.
Robinson didn't get much help in the scoring department, however, as she was the only Buff in double figures. Quinessa Caylao-Do was second on the team with nine points.
Robinson went 11-for-25 (both career highs) from the floor, but the rest of the team was just 14-for-40 (35 percent).
Despite a tough night shooting, the Buffs hung around because of Robinson's scoring, keeping their turnovers down (11) and executing their 2-3 zone defense much of the night.
UCLA threatened to run away early, jumping to a 17-5 lead, but the Buffs clawed their way back into the game.
In the third, Robinson and Kennedy Leonard sparked an 8-2 run that pulled the Buffs within 42-39. Leonard had two layups off of UCLA turnovers in that surge.
That's when Canada took over. Scoreless in the first 25 minutes, 50 seconds of the game, Canada then scored 14 consecutive points in a 14-4 run to close the third quarter. That gave UCLA its biggest lead of the night, 56-43, going into the fourth.
CU wouldn't quit, though.
A Robinson 3 and two Caylao-Do layups led a 9-0 run that pulled CU within 58-54.
Caylao-Do then hit a big 3 with 2:33 to go and a minute later Mya Hollingshed drilled a pair of free throws to tie the game at 64-64 with 1:31 to play.
A UCLA 3-pointer moments later was a dagger, though, and the Bruins went 6-for-6 at the line in the final 27 seconds to ice the game.
Leonard finished with just seven points, but had 11 assists - her eighth career game with 10 or more.
Along the way, Leonard passed Shelley Sheetz (1991-95) for second on CU's career lists for assists, with 519. She also increased her season total to 190, tying the single-season school record she set a year ago.
Robinson's previous career high was 26 points. With five 3-pointers, Robinson passed Leonard on the career chart with 129 for her career. Leonard has 128, and both are in the top 13 in CU history. Leonard passed Jean Raikes (1976-80) on CU's career scoring list and now ranks 15th, with 1,336 points. Hollingshed, a freshman, tied her season high with nine rebounds and now has 100 for the season.
No. 10 UCLA 73, Colorado 67
COLORADO (14-14, 5-12 Pac-12)
Caylao-Do 4-13 0-0 9, Robinson 11-25 4-7 31, Leonard 2-8 3-4 7, Correal 2-2 0-0 4, Jank 2-10 1-2 5, Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, Hollingshed 2-3 2-2 7, Diop 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-65 10-15 67.
UCLA (22-6, 13-4)
Canada 6-13 6-6 20, Drummer 2-7 1-3 5, Burke 3-8 0-2 8, Hayes 2-7 0-0 5, Billings 5-8 2-6 12, Horvat 3-6 0-0 7, Rosenblum 0-0 0-0 0, Onyenwere 3-7 2-2 8, Dean 3-8 0-0 8, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-64 11-19 73.
Colorado 13 14 16 24 - 67
UCLA 24 11 21 17 - 73
3-point goals - Colorado 7-27 (Robinson 5-13, Caylao-Do 1-4, Hollingshed 1-1, Leonard 0-4, Jank 0-3, Thomas 0-1, Diop 0-1), UCLA 8-19 (Dean 2-6, Canada 2-5, Burke 2-2, Hayes 1-3, Horvat 1-3). Rebounds - Colorado 41 (Hollingshed 9), UCLA 42 (Billings 11). Assists - Colorado 18 (Leonard 11), UCLA 21 (Canada 11). Steals - Colorado 7 (Leonard 3), UCLA 6 (Burke 2). Turnovers - Colorado 11, UCLA 11. Total fouls - Colorado 14, UCLA 14. Fouled out - None. A - 902.