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What went right?: Forward Jamee Swan and guard Ashley Wilson scored career highs and Wilson also grabbed a career high in rebounds.

What went wrong?: Colorado didn't get enough stops on the defensive end, allowing the Huskies to make 46.7 per of their shots

Star of the game: Washington guard Kelsey Plum

What's next?: Colorado will host Washington State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Sooner or later the Colorado women's basketball team will string together a pair of wins and once again recognize the feeling of a winning streak, but it won't be for at least another week.

The Buffs allowed their latest attempt at winning two consecutive games to slip away Friday night, losing for the second time this season to a versatile Washington team, 87-80, at the Coors Events Center.

CU hasn't won consecutive games since mid-December.

Washington freshman Kelsey Plum, who scored 35 points against the Buffs last month in Seattle, seemed to have an answer for every CU run in the second half. She finished the game with 25 points. Plum's backcourt partner Jazmine Davis added 24.

"Washington's two guards are outstanding," CU coach Linda Lappe said. "Davis and Plum really torched us tonight."


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CU suffered the loss despite out-rebounding the Huskies. Forward Jamee Swan and guard Ashley Wilson produced career-highs in scoring. Swan finished with 25 points and Wilson scored 15 and also had a career-best 10 rebounds.

Swan scored her points in just 18 minutes, but fouled out with 1:30 remaining.

"I'm just glad she had five fouls," Washington coach Mike Neighbors said. "Otherwise, she could have had 50."

Colorado’s Ashley Wilson takes a shot over Washington’s Jazmine Davis during Friday’s game at the Coors Event Center in Boulder. More
Colorado's Ashley Wilson takes a shot over Washington's Jazmine Davis during Friday's game at the Coors Event Center in Boulder. More photos: www.BuffZone.com (Jeremy Papasso / Daily Camera)

Colorado trailed by 11 points with a 4:30 remaining but managed to cut it to a one-possession game on several occasions down the stretch. But the Buffs' biggest problem was not being able to stop Washington from scoring often enough. The Huskies' 87 points tied the most allowed by CU this season. The Buffs also gave up 87 against Iowa back in December.

"There was times where we tied the game up and we didn't get those crucial stops, whether it was keeping them from scoring or getting a defensive rebound," Wilson said.

It wasn't the first time CU wasn't able to make enough plays down the stretch in a close game to earn a win. The Buffs have come up short in similar situations numerous times before in Pac-12 play and Lappe and her players said it has generally been lapses in defense that have doomed them.

"You score 80 points, you have to win the game," Lappe said. "You can't give up 87 points, there are very few games that we will win that way. We just didn't do what it took on the defensive side. As a unit, there were a lot of breakdowns such as guards getting straight-line drives and we would have little to no help."

Forward Jen Reese, CU's second leading scorer this season, didn't score until the final 2 minutes of the game. Moments after that first bucket, Reese fell hard to the floor grabbing a rebound with 1:03 left but managed to hit a pair of free throws.

CU guard Brittany Wilson went to the free throw line with 14 seconds remaining and the Buffs trailing 85-80. Wilson missed both free throws and Washington was able to run 12 seconds off the clock before CU could foul.

Washington came into the game as the worst team in the Pac-12 Conference at defending the 3-point shot. CU made five of 14 3-point attempts against the Huskies.

Contact BuffZone.com Writer Kyle Ringo at ringok@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/kyleringo.