Having lost six of its last eight contests entering Saturday's matchup at Oregon State, The University of Colorado women's basketball team was in desperate need of a victory to right the ship. Unfortunately for the Buffs, OSU caught fire late in the contest and CU was unable to weather the storm, ultimately falling 75-63 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.
The Buffs (13-9 overall, 3-8 Pac-12) were able to remain competitive with the Beavers throughout the first half, as the two teams saws four ties and 13 lead changes in the first 20 minutes. And although OSU began to pull away after intermission, Colorado was able to cut the lead to as little as three with 6:50 to play. But the Buffs were unable to climb all the way back following the Lexy Kresl layup that made it a one-bucket game, as the Beavers (14-9, 6-5) outscored the visitors 18-9 the rest of the way to secure the win.
While OSU is one of the higher scoring teams in the conference, averaging more than 73 points per game, the Buffs didn't do themselves any favors on the defensive end. CU allowed the Beavers to shoot 49 percent from the field for the game, including 60 percent (15-of-25) in the second half, both of which are season-highs for a Colorado opponent.
"We were on pace to hold them under 60 points, which would have won us the game," coach Linda Lappe said. "I'm not impressed with our defense right now. It's what we should be all about ... we have to be more defensive minded so we can grind out games and win."
Colorado's offensive attack was led by Arielle Roberson, who had 12 points despite hitting just one of her seven free throw attempts. Jen Reese and Brittany Wilson also added 10 a piece, although none of Reese's points came in the second half.
The contest with OSU was originally scheduled to be played Friday night but was delayed due to a winter storm in the Pacific Northwest. The Buffs game with Oregon was also pushed back from Sunday to Monday night because of the weather.