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What went right: As usual, the Buffs battled and made a game of it in the fourth quarter. They also were solid on the glass, getting out-rebounded by just one, 43-42.

What went wrong: Poor shooting doomed the Buffs once again, as did 18 turnovers.

Star of the game: Kennedy Leonard. Playing for the first time since Jan. 6, she had five points, three assists and three steals in 12 minutes off the bench.

What’s next: The Buffs will host Washington State on Friday at 7 p.m. at CU Events Center.

TUCSON, Ariz. — The good news for the Colorado women’s basketball team on Sunday was that Kennedy Leonard made her return to the court.

The bad news was that another key player missed the game with injury and the Buffaloes struggled with their shooting once again in a 63-51 loss to Arizona at the McKale Center.

Leonard, who had missed the previous 10 games with a foot injury, played 12 minutes off the bench and contributed five points and three assists, but her return wasn’t enough to prevent the Buffs (11-14, 1-13 Pac-12) from getting swept by the Wildcats (17-8, 7-7) this season.

While Leonard returned, senior Alexis Robinson missed the game with a knee issue. Robinson has been CU’s leading scorer in Pac-12 play, at 16.5 points per game.

Offensively, the Buffs had a rough afternoon, hitting just 30.6 percent (19 of 62) of their shots and 20.8 percent (five of 24) from 3-point range. The Buffs also had 18 turnovers — their highest total since having 21 in a 69-67 to Arizona on Jan. 4 in Boulder.

Freshman Peanut Tuitele led CU with 10 points, but she was the only player on the team in double figures.

CU took its only lead of the day, 9-7, on a jumper by Annika Jank with 5 minutes, 18 seconds to play in the first quarter. The Wildcats responded with a 20-5 run over the next 10 minutes to secure the lead for good.

The Buffs trailed by as many as 18 points, but cut the deficit to 53-46 on a Quinessa Caylao-Do three-point play with 7:40 to go in the fourth quarter. Arizona extended the lead down the stretch, however, to pull away.

Cate Reese had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead Arizona, which is enjoying its best season since 2010-11 – the year before the Pac-10 expanded by adding CU and Utah.

Coupled with Friday’s win against Utah, the Wildcats have swept a weekend set for the first time in eight years. The Wildcats have also swept CU for the first time and have their highest conference win total in eight years.

Notable

Robinson missed a game for just the fourth time in her career and for the first time since Nov. 15, 2017, against Florida Atlantic. … CU had three freshmen in the starting lineup (Emma Clarke, Sila Finau and Tuitele) for the first time since Feb. 27, 2016, when Leonard and Robinson were freshmen. … Clarke had eight points and four rebounds in her first career start. … During the weekend, including Friday’s loss at Arizona State, CU was 7-for-37 (18.9 percent) on 3-pointers.

Arizona 63, Colorado 51

COLORADO (11-14, 1-13 Pac-12)

Caylao-Do 3-15 2-3 8, Clarke 3-8 0-0 8, Finau 2-6 2-2 6, Hollingshed 3-8 0-0 7, Tuitele 4-13 1-3 10, Carter 0-2 0-0 0, Leonard 2-4 1-1 5, Diop 0-1 0-0 0, Jank 2-5 2-5 7, Volcy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-62 8-14 51.

ARIZONA (17-8, 7-7)

McDonald 4-12 4-4 13, Starks 2-9 0-0 5, Thomas 3-10 0-0 8, McBryde 5-5 1-1 13, Reese 8-17 1-2 17, Graham 1-4 0-2 2, Malecha 0-0 0-0 0, Nixon 0-4 0-0 0, Smith 1-4 2-2 5. Totals 24-65 8-11 63.

Score by quarters:

Colorado 12 13 14 12 — 51

Arizona 18 16 16 13 — 63

3-point goals — Colorado 5-24 (Clarke 2-6, Hollingshed 1-4, Tuitele 1-4, Jank 1-2, Caylao-Do 0-3, Finau 0-2, Carter 0-1, Leonard 0-1, Diop 0-1), Arizona 7-24 (Thomas 2-6, McBryde 2-2, McDonald 1-5, Starks 1-5, Smith 1-1, Nixon 0-4, Graham 0-1). Rebounds — Colorado 42 (Hollingshed 7), Arizona 43 (Reese 9). Assists — Colorado 8 (Leonard 3), Arizona 16 (McDonald 9). Steals — Colorado 7 (Finau, Leonard 3), Arizona 6 (McDonald 4). Turnovers — Colorado 18, Arizona 12. Total fouls — Colorado 14, Arizona 12. Fouled out — None. A — 2,321.