What went right: The Buffs finished the game on a solid note, outscoring the Ducks 27-13 in the final 14 minutes.
What went wrong: That late finish came after the Buffs got down by 51. They couldn't get anything going offensively and couldn't stop the Ducks' offense.
Star of the game: Mya Hollingshed. She finished her freshman year with 20 points and six rebounds, leading the team in both categories.
What's next: CU now heads into the offseason.
SEATTLE — Facing top-seeded Oregon in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament at Key Arena, the Colorado women's basketball team knew it had its hands full on Friday.
After all, the No. 6 ranked Ducks feature the Pac-12 player of the year, the Pac-12 freshman of the year, one of the best post players in the conference, a roster loaded with sharp-shooters from 3-point range, and the Pac-12 coach of the year.
All that firepower proved to be too much for the young and overwhelmed Buffaloes, who were routed, 84-47.
"I'm always really proud of our team and we ran into a little bit of a buzz saw today in Oregon," CU head coach JR Payne said. "They showed why they're such a great team."
CU (15-16) finished with a losing record for the third time in four years. The Buffs came into the game knowing that a win would secure a berth in the Women's NIT and a loss would end the season, and it didn't take long to realize this would be the finale.
Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, the conference player of the year, hit a layup just 10 seconds in, and then assisted on a pair of 3-pointers that gave the Ducks an 8-0 lead just 84 seconds into the game.
Runs of 7-0 and 14-0 by the Ducks built their lead to 45-18 by halftime, and then they buried the Buffs in the third. A stunning 22-0 run over the course of just 4:04 gave Oregon a 71-20 lead.
Ionescu, who already has an NCAA career record nine triple-doubles, finished two rebounds shy of another (10 points, 13 assists, eight rebounds). Ruthy Hebard (11 points, 11 rebounds) had a double-double, Lexi Bando had 19 points on 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point range and Satou Sabally — the conference freshman of the year — led everybody with 21 points.
CU junior Kennedy Leonard, who led her team to a first-round win against Utah on Thursday, said the Buffs got quite the education in her first-ever trip to the quarters.
"I learned (day two of the tournament) is a lot tougher than playing on Day 1," said Leonard, who had 13 points. "Oregon is a really good team and we happened to draw them by being the nine seed.
"If anything I think this game taught us what we want to be and who we want to kind of emulate down the road. Although we might have lost, I think it taught us a lot of good lessons."
Freshman Mya Hollingshed led CU with 20 points and six rebounds, while another freshman, Annika Jank added nine points and four boards.
The talented youngsters, plus the return of Leonard and fellow junior Alexis Robinson, had Payne already looking ahead to better days.
"The future is very bright for our program," she said.
Leonard agrees, but said the work to make sure it's bright starts soon.
"The one thing I learned (this season) is that tough times don't last," she said. "Obviously 15-16 is not the record we wanted ... but they don't last. If we get in the gym this summer, get in the weight room, get a little more food, lift a little more weight, shoot a little more shots, I think where we're going right now is the best possible place we can be going. I'm excited. The biggest thing is staying together and sticking together over this offseason."
Leonard had just one assist, but it was her 200th of the season, establishing a new single-season CU record. ... CU is 6-7 all-time at the Pac-12 Tournament, including 1-4 in the quarterfinals. ... Oregon outscored the Buffs 16-0 in fast-break points. ... CU has lost eight in a row against top-10 teams. ... Oregon leads the all-time series 15-8, including both matchups this season. ... The Ducks are seeking their first-ever conference tournament title. They won the regular season title for the first time since 2000.
Oregon 84, Colorado 47
Caylao-Do 0-5 0-0 0, Robinson 2-11 0-0 4, Leonard 5-14 3-4 13, Correal 0-2 0-0 0, Jank 3-8 2-2 9, Carter 0-0 1-2 1, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Hollingshed 8-16 0-0 20, Diop 0-0 0-0 0, Knight 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-58 6-8 47..
Sabally 8-11 0-0 21, Cazorla 4-5 0-0 9, Bando 6-9 1-2 19, Ionescu 5-10 0-0 10, Hebard 4-6 3-4 11, Hall 0-2 0-0 0, Giomi 0-0 0-0 0, Maley 1-3 0-0 3, Ayuso 2-6 0-0 4, Gildon 0-0 1-2 1, McGwire 3-4 0-0 6, Capisano 0-3 0-2 0. Totals 33-59 5-10 84..
Score by quarters:Colorado 12 6 15 14 — 47
Oregon 24 21 32 7 — 84
3-point goals — Colorado 5-25 (Hollingshed 4-9, Jank 1-2, Robinson 0-6, Leonard 0-5, Thomas 0-2, Caylao-Do 0-1), Oregon 13-27 (Bando 6-9, Sabally 5-7, Cazorla 1-2, Maley 1-1, Ionescu 0-5, Ayuso 0-2, Hall 0-1). Rebounds — Colorado 24 (Hollingshed 6), Oregon 40 (Hebard 11). Assists — Colorado 7 (Caylao-Do, Robinson 2), Oregon 22 (Ionescu 13). Steals — Colorado 3 (Jank 2), Oregon 5 (Ionescu 2). Turnovers — Colorado 12, Oregon 12. Total fouls — Colorado 10, Oregon 10. Fouled out — None.