CU women’s basketball: No. 10 Arizona State rolls past Buffs 64-37

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Arizona State forward Kelsey Moos, left, and Colorado’s Zoe Beard-Fails battle for a loose ball during the Sun Devils’ 64-37 victory Friday in Tempe, Ariz.

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What went right: The Buffs actually played well on defense in the first half, holding ASU to 24 points on 33.3 percent shooting. For the game, the Sun Devils made just 41.4 percent of their shots

What went wrong: CU’s offense was dismal, especially in the first half. The Buffs scored just 10 points (on 5-for-24 shooting) before intermission. It matched the second-lowest scoring half in program history.

Star of the game: Zoe Beard-Fails. All the Buffs struggled, but Beard-Fails had a team-high tying nine points to go with five rebounds.

What’s next?: On Sunday, the Buffs play at Arizona at 2 p.m. MST.

TEMPE, Ariz. — Going into Friday, Arizona State had the longest winning streak in the Pac-12, and Colorado had the longest losing streak.

That hasn’t changed.

For the second time in a week, the Buffaloes had one of the worst offensive showings in program history, falling to the 10th-ranked Sun Devils 64-37 at Wells Fargo Arena.

CU (5-11, 0-5 Pac-12) has lost six in a row and is off to a 0-5 start in conference play for the first time in program history. First-place Arizona State (14-3, 5-0) has won nine in a row.

One week after a 65-34 loss at California, the Buffs finished below the 40-point mark again. It’s just the 10th time in team history the Buffs have been held below 40, and only the fourth time it’s happened since 1978. The 37 points ties for the sixth-lowest total in team history.

The game, which began at 11 a.m. because of ASU’s annual field-trip game for local students, started off well for the Buffs. Lauren Huggins and Zoe Correal hit early buckets to stake CU to a 4-0 lead just 2 minutes, 57 seconds into the game.

The Buffs then went 6:56 without a point and scored just six points in the final 17:03 of the half. They went into intermission trailing 24-10, tying for the second-lowest scoring half in team history. The lowest-scoring half was a nine-point first-half effort at ASU on Jan. 19, 2013.

Down 15-6 after one quarter, CU was never really in the game after that. ASU extended its lead to as much as 29 points midway through the fourth quarter.

“Give Arizona State credit,” CU coach Linda Lappe said in a press release. “They put the pressure on us early and kept it on. They’re a physical team and they contested every shot.

“We were working harder offensively in the second half, but our defense gave up way too many points.”

Quinn Dornstauder had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead ASU, which scored 25 points off CU’s 21 turnovers. CU, on the other hand, managed three points off 13 ASU turnovers.

Zoe Beard-Fails and Kennedy Leonard led CU with nine points each, while Haley Smith had 10 rebounds and a career-high four blocks.

Senior Jamee Swan returned to the court for the Buffs. She missed both games of CU’s Bay Area trip last weekend — the first missed games of her career — because of a back injury. She did not start against ASU and finished with four points and four rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.



Robinson 1-9 0-2 2, Leonard 4-10 0-0 9, Correal 1-2 0-0 2, Smith 2-7 0-0 4, Huggins 2-6 0-0 5, Ellis 0-3 2-2 2, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Beard-Fails 2-7 5-5 9, Swan 2-9 0-0 4. Totals 14-55 7-9 37.


Hempen 0-4 0-0 0, Arn. Hawkins 2-5 2-2 6, Brunner 4-4 0-0 8, Davis 4-7 2-2 11, Moos 2-2 0-3 4, Haines 2-6 0-0 4, Kanoa 0-1 0-0 0, Amukamara 1-4 2-2 4, Dornstauder 5-12 5-7 15, Johnson-Chapman 2-5 1-2 5, Ibis 0-4 1-2 1, Normen 2-3 2-5 6, Arm. Hawkins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-58 15-25 64.

Colorado 6 4 15 12—37

Arizona St. 15 9 25 15—64

3-point goals — Colorado 2-13 (Huggins 1-4, Leonard 1-4, Beard-Fails 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Smith 0-3), Arizona St. 1-7 (Davis 1-2, Arn. Hawkins 0-1, Amukamara 0-1, Dornstauder 0-1, Hempen 0-2). Fouled out — None. Colorado 38 (Smith 10), Arizona St. 44 (Dornstauder 10). Assists — Colorado 8 (Leonard 3), Arizona St. 18 (Davis 5). Total fouls — Colorado 22, Arizona St. 18. A — 4,139.