Fast break

What went right: The Buffs rebounded well and got scoring contributions from several players to stay in the game all night.

What went wrong: Turnovers were costly at times, as the Buffs had 15 on the night, including eight in the second quarter. USC scored 27 points off of those turnovers.

Star of the game: Mya Hollingshed. The sophomore had 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to lead the Buffs.

What’s next: CU closes the regular season on Sunday at UCLA at 1 p.m. MT.

LOS ANGELES — A furious fourth quarter rally wasn’t enough for the Colorado women’s basketball team, as it fell to Southern California, 84-77, at the Galen Center on Friday night.

The Buffs trailed by 13 points with 3 minutes, 50 seconds to play and cut the deficit to five with 71 seconds left. USC hit 8 of 12 free throws down the stretch, however, to hold on for the win.

CU (12-16, 2-15 Pac-12) lost its second in a row, as the Trojans (16-12, 6-11) snapped a three-game losing streak.

Mya Hollingshed posted her fifth double-double (20 points, 12 rebounds) of the season for the Buffs, while Kennedy Leonard added 18 points and eight assists. Quinessa Caylao-Do chipped in with 16 points and six boards.

Leonard scored 12 of her points in the final 1:40, including eight in the final 25 seconds, to help the Buffs rally.

CU had knocked off the Trojans, 81-76, on Feb. 10 in Boulder, but was unable to complete the season sweep. Aliyah Mazyck had a career-high 30 points to lead USC, which also got 18 points from Minyon Moore.

The Buffs led 21-17 after one quarter and took a 30-29 lead on a Hollingshed bucket with 2:30 to play in the second quarter. USC closed the half on a 10-0 run, however, and never looked back.

The Trojans led by as many as 14 points in the second half, and CU was unable to regain the lead.

Freshman Emma Clarke had one of her best games as a Buff, with 11 points and six rebounds, helping them stay competitive throughout the night.

CU also got a lift from senior Alexis Robinson. She had missed the previous three games with a knee injury, but came off the bench to score eight points.

Notable

CU played without freshman starting forward Peanut Tuitele, who is out with a concussion. Tuitele did not make the trip to Los Angeles and will miss Sunday’s game at UCLA, as well. … Hollingshed set a new career high in rebounds, with 12. … Leonard passed Erin Scholz (1993-97) for seventh in CU history in scoring, with 1,623 points. Scholz had 1,621 in her career. 

USC 84, Colorado 77

at Galen Center

COLORADO (12-16, 2-15)

Caylao-Do 6-10 2-2 16, Leonard 5-11 5-5 18, Hollingshed 7-15 5-8 20, Jank 0-5 2-2 2, Finau 0-0 2-2 2, Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 3-13 0-0 8, Diop 0-0 0-0 0, Clarke 5-10 0-0 11, Volcy 0-0 -0-0 0. Totals 26-64 16-19 77.

SOUTHERN CAL (16-12, 6-11)

Overbeck 3-6 1-2 7, Mazyck 11-17 3-7 30, Min. Moore 3-14 12-18 18, Mar. Moore 1-6 1-2 3, Tapley 4-10 1-2 10, Aaron 2-3 0-0 6, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Caldwell 2-4 5-6 10. Totals 26-60 23-37 84.

Score by quarters:

Colorado            21 9 20 27  — 77

USC                   17 22 19 26  — 84

3-point goals – Colorado 9-31 (Leonard 3-7, Robinson 2-10, Caylao-Do 2-2, Clarke 1-6, Hollingshed 1-4, Jank 0-2), USC 9-17 (Mazyck 5-6, Aaron 2-3, Caldwell 1-2, Tapley 1-1, Mar. Moore 0-3, Min. Moore 0-2). Rebounds – Colorado 45 (Hollingshed 12), USC 35 (Tapley 7). Assists – Colorado 13 (Leonard 8), USC 17 (Min. Moore 5). Steals – Colorado 2 (Leonard 2), USC 8 (Min. Moore 5). Turnovers – Colorado 15, USC 9. Total fouls – Colorado 25, USC 17. Fouled out – Robinson, Clarke. A — 376.