PALO ALTO, Calif. — After going toe-to-toe with No. 8 Stanford for three quarters, the Colorado women’s basketball team stumbled badly in the fourth and lost 64-51 here Friday night at Maples Pavilion.
Down only 46-44 entering the final period the Buffaloes were outscored 16-2 over the next 7:51, denying them the chance to break a Pac-12 Conference road losing streak that reached 16 and dates to the 2014-15 season.
CU (13-11, 3-10 Pac-12) has not beaten Stanford (21-4, 11-2) since the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
“Our effort was tremendous,” CU coach JR Payne said, adding that rebounding had been emphasized but was an area that her team fell short in. “We talked about the importance of rebounding, but we just didn’t rebound . . . we played 12 people, and only four had a single rebound. Our rebounding effort was not there tonight.”
Stanford won the board battle 47-33, including 18-10 on the offensive glass.
Brittany McPhee, who scored 18 points in the Cardinal’s 84-70 win in Boulder last month, led all scorers and rebounders Friday night with a double-double – 26 points, 11 boards. Erica McCall added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Payne said defending McPhee more successfully “could start by limiting her effort on the offensive glass . . . do that and we could contain her a little better.”
CU had only two players in double figures — Makenzie Ellis (14) and Ariana Freeman (10). Ellis knocked down 4-of-5 3-point attempts, while Freeman also grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Senior Lauren Huggins saw her first action of the season after missing the first 23 games due to a knee injury.
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