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CU Buffs women’s basketball team stunned by Utah

Utes drain 16 3-pointers to hand Colorado second straight defeat

  • Colorado's Mya Hollingshed gets a rebound between Utah's Brynna Maxwell, left, and Kiana Moore, during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Peanut Tuitele goes to the floor after a loose ball with Utah's Daneesha Provo during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Lesila Finau drives between several Utah defenders during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Jaylen Sherrod passes out of the key past Utah's Lola Pendrande during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Mya Hollingshed (21) left, Jaylen Sherrod, and Aubrey Knight (24, battle with Utah's Maurane Corbin, for a loose ball during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Jaylen Sherrod defends Utah's Brynna Maxwell during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Jaylen Sherrod, left, and Aubrey Knight (24), battle with Utah's Maurane Corbin, battle for a loose ball during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Jaylen Sherrod collides with Utah's Brynna Maxwell during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Mya Hollingshed shoots over Utah's Kiana Moore during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Mya Hollingshed looks to shoot over Utah's Lola Pendrande during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Aubrey Knight appears trapped between Utah's Kiana Moore and Lola Pendande, during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Emma Clarke watches Utah's Dru Gylten get a rebound during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's head coach, JR Payne, gives instruction in the Utah game on January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Mya Hollingshed looks to shoot over Utah's Kiana Moore during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Jaylen Sherrod passes out of the key past Utah's Lola Pendrande during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Aubrey knight goes up after an offensive rebound on several Utah defenders during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Lesila Finau drives between several Utah defenders during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Colorado's Jaylen Sherrod drives around Utah's Dru Gylten and Maurane Corbin, during the second half of the game in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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Coming out of intermission with a four-point deficit, the Utah women’s basketball team relied on its strength.

Colorado knew it was coming, but couldn’t stop it.

Utah drilled a program-record 16 3-pointers on Friday night to stun the Buffaloes, 84-69, at CU Events Center.

“I just told the team I was pretty disappointed with tonight, mostly because I know that we’re better than that,” CU head coach JR Payne said. “I think some of it was fatigue, and some of it was … I don’t know what, but not our best basketball. We’re clearly capable of playing better.”

Coming off a spirited rally in which they took No. 7 UCLA to the wire on Sunday, the Buffs (13-4, 2-4 Pac-12) received their first real punch to the gut this season on Friday.

Each of the Buffs’ previous losses came against teams currently ranked in the top eight of the Associated Press poll. This one came against a Utah (9-8, 2-4) team that CU had already defeated, Dec. 29 in Salt Lake City.

Colorado’s Jaylen Sherrod passes out of the key past Utah’s Lola Pendrande during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder.(Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Although Payne doesn’t believe her team overlooked the Utes – “We’re just not really wired that way as individuals or as a group,” she said – the energy that’s been there most of the season was lacking all night, especially in the second half.

“We didn’t have great energy the first half, but definitely in the second half, it plummeted a lot,” sophomore Aubrey Knight said.

Junior Mya Hollingshed dominated the Utes in the first half, pouring in 17 points and staking the Buffs to the lead at the break. She and the Buffs went cold in the second half, though.

The Buffs started the third quarter by missing 14 of their first 16 shots. Hollingshed’s only two points in the second half came with 1:21 to play in the game, after the Buffs fell into an 18-point hole.

“We talked about it during halftime, that we wanted to come out the first four minutes and just give a lot of energy, effort and that didn’t really happen,” said Hollingshed, who finished with 19 points and five rebounds. “We just had to find a way to kind of get out of that, but it seemed like we couldn’t get out of that hole we were in.”

As bad as the offense was coming out of the break, it was CU’s defense that really struggled. Utah was 11-for-15 on 3s in the second half, with Brynna Maxwell draining six overall, finishing with a game-high 24 points.

The Utes’ 16 3-pointers tied for the most ever by a CU opponent, matching the 16 hit by Iowa State on Feb. 13, 1999.

Colorado’s Mya Hollingshed looks to shoot over Utah’s Lola Pendrande during the January 17, 2020 game in Boulder.(Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

“I said it right before we went out on the court that they live and die by the 3 sometimes and clearly tonight they were living there,” Payne said. “A great 3-point shooting team is going to get looks and they’re going to make shots. My concern was that it was uncontested over and over again, so we can do better there.”

Over the next week, the Buffs will work to get better, as they don’t play again until Jan. 24 at No. 3 Stanford. Regardless of the opponent, Knight said the objective will be the same.

“I think the biggest thing is we just have to be able to learn from this,” Knight said. “It’s one thing to lose, and then it’s another thing to lose and improve on that loss. I think that’s the biggest thing that we have to do.”

Notable

Utah’s previous record for 3s in a game was 15, on Dec. 11, 2004, against TCU. … CU center Charlotte Whittaker missed her third consecutive game with a leg injury. … Former CU star Kennedy Leonard, who recently completed her first pro season in Germany, was in attendance.

Fast break

What went right: The Buffs rebounded well and played a solid first half, taking a four-point lead into halftime.

What went wrong: After intermission, the Buffs couldn’t stop the Utes from hitting 3s, while their own offense went cold. Utah went 16-for-23 from 3-point range, tying the record for the most 3s ever allowed by a CU team.

Star of the game: Jaylyn Sherrod finished with 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

What’s next: The Buffs visit No. 3 Stanford on Jan. 24.

Utah 84, Colorado 69

UTAH (9-8, 2-4)

Torres 0-2 0-0 0, Gylten 2-3 2-4 6, Maxwell 9-12 0-1 24, Pendande 4-6 3-4 11, Provo 4-10 2-2 14, Moore 6-9 0-0 16, Becker 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 0-3 0-0 0, Corbin 2-3 0-0 4, Brosseau 3-3 1-2 9, Noti 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-51 8-13 84.

COLORADO (13-4, 2-4 Pac-12)

Caylao-Do 2-7 2-2 7, Sherrod 4-11 3-5 11, Clarke 5-11 0-0 12, Hollingshed 8-14 0-0 19, Tuitele 4-10 1-2 9, Finau 3-5 0-0 8, Kulinska 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Knight 0-6 1-2 1, Jank 1-4 0-0 2, Volcy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-68 8-24 69.

Utah                            20        17        26        21        –           84

Colorado                     21        20        12        16        –           69

3-point goals – Utah 16-23 (Maxwell 6-8, Moore 4-6, Provo 4-5, Brosseau 2-2, Torres 0-1, Martin 0-1), Colorado 8-24 (Hollingshed 3-5, Clarke 2-7, Finau 2-3, Caylao-Do 1-5, Tuitele 0-2, Knight 0-1, Jank 0-1). Rebounds – Utah 30 (Pendande 7), Colorado 36 (Knight 8). Assists – Utah 21 (Gylten 10), Colorado 20 (Sherrod 9). Steals – Utah 7 (Provo, Moore, Martin 2), Colorado 8 (Clarke 3). Turnovers – Utah 16, Colorado 14. Total fouls – Utah 16, Colorado 14. Fouled out – None. Attendance – 1,956.