What went right: The Buffs were dominant on the boards (48-34), especially on the offensive end, with 23. They also kept turnovers down to 14.
What went wrong: Despite all those offensive rebounds, the Buffs had just 19 second-chance points. They also made just 31.6 percent of their shots.
Star of the game: Alexis Robinson. The junior had a career-high 26 points and also had four steals for the Buffs.
What’s next: The Buffs will visit No. 22 Arizona State on Sunday at 2 p.m.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Colorado’s Alexis Robinson scored a career-high 26 points on Friday night, but that wasn’t enough for the Buffaloes to avoid their third straight defeat in women’s basketball.
JaLea Bennett scored 23 points to lift host Arizona to a 72-63 victory over the Buffs at the McKale Center.
CU (11-7, 2-5 Pac-12) failed to complete the season sweep of the Wildcats (5-13, 1-6), who avenged a 79-60 loss in Boulder on Dec. 31.
Robinson had career highs in field goals (10) and attempts (23), scoring 20 of her points in the final 12 minutes, 26 seconds. She tied her career high with five 3-pointers, all of them in the last 11 minutes.
Kennedy Leonard (11 points, eight assists) was the only player in double figures for the Buffs, who made just 31.6 percent of their shots and failed to take advantage of a 48-34 edge in rebounding. The Buffs had 23 offensive rebounds, but just 19 second-chance points off those boards.
CU was missing three players, including starting forward Janea Bunn, who is out for personal reasons. Reserves Mathilde Diop and Jaimie Curtis were both out with injuries sustained in the Buffs’ 93-55 loss to UCLA on Sunday.
Although senior center Zoe Correal returned to the lineup for the first time since Dec. 6, the short-handed Buffs played catch-up all night.
Arizona led by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, but sparked by Robinson, the Buffs clawed back into the game.
Back-to-back 3s by Leonard and Robinson highlighted an 8-0 CU run to open the fourth, cutting the deficit to 51-49.
After another Robinson 3 got the Buffs within 62-59 with 2:37 to go, Arizona went on a 5-0 surge to get some breathing room and then held on from there.
Correal, who missed nine games with knee soreness, had four points and six rebounds in 12 minutes. … Freshman Annika Jank had nine points and nine rebounds. … CU was just 8-for-31 (25.8 percent) from 3-point range, and attempted its most 3s since taking 34 in an overtime loss at North Carolina on Nov. 12.