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CU Buffs women lose OT heartbreaker at Stanford

Cardinal closes game on 10-0 to beat Buffs

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STANFORD, Calif. – Playing in a building in which it had never won and against an opponent it has struggled with for years, the Colorado women’s basketball team wasn’t fazed on Friday night.

CU’s exceptional effort wasn’t enough to end its skid against Stanford, however.

The sixth-ranked Cardinal closed the game on a 10-0 run to escape with a 76-68 overtime victory against the Buffaloes at Maples Pavilion.

Colorado (13-5, 2-5 Pac-12) lost its third in a row, but not before giving Stanford (17-2, 6-1) a major fight.

CU took a 68-66 lead with 3 minutes, 24 seconds to play in overtime, but didn’t score again. The Buffs had three turnovers and four missed shots on their final seven possessions and Stanford took advantage.

Back-to-back second-chance buckets gave the Cardinal a 71-68 lead with 40 seconds to play and they sealed the game at the free throw line.

The Buffs fell to 0-11 all-time at Maples Pavilion and 0-15 against the Cardinal since joining the Pac-12.

Those streaks were oh-so-close to ending.

Mya Hollingshed rattled home a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds to play in regulation to give the Buffs a 64-62 lead. After a timeout, however, Stanford sent the game into overtime with a layup at the buzzer by Ashten Prechtel.

Freshman point guard Jaylyn Sherrod led the Buffs with a career-high 21 points, while also dishing seven assists. Hollingshed added 15 points and seven rebounds.

The Buffs led by as many as eight points early in the game and didn’t trail by more than five until the final 25 seconds of overtime.

Aubrey Knight added 12 points and four rebounds for the Buffs, while Emma Clarke and Peanut Tuitele had eight points each.

CU had a great effort on the boards, including 20 offensive rebounds, but turnovers proved costly. The Buffs had 21 turnovers on the night, including nine during a dismal second quarter in which they were outscored 14-4.

Notable

CU has lost 29 in a row to Associated Press ranked teams and 16 in a row against top-10 teams. … The Buffs are 1-38 all-time against Top 10 teams in true road games. The only victory came at No. 9 Arkansas, 73-71, on Nov. 21, 1995. … Sherrod topped the 100-assist mark for the season and currently sits at 104. … Freshman center Charlotte Whittaker returned to the court for CU after missing three games. She had two points and two rebounds in 13 minutes.

Fast break

What went right: CU’s defense and rebounding was solid for much of the night and the Buffs hit big shots during the second half.

What went wrong: Turnovers were costly. The Buffs had 21 of them, leading to 17 Stanford points.

Star of the game: Jaylyn Sherrod. The freshman had 21 points and seven assists.

What’s next: CU visits California on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.

No. 6 Stanford 76, Colorado 68, OT
COLORADO (13-5, Pac-12 2-5)
Tuitele 3-6 2-4 8, Caylao-Do 0-5 0-0 0, Clarke 3-6 0-0 8, Hollingshed 4-8 5-5 15, Sherrod 8-16 2-2 21, Jank 0-2 0-0 0, Whittaker 1-3 0-0 2, Volcy 0-0 0-0 0, Finau 1-2 0-0 2, Knight 3-8 3-4 12, Kulinska 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 23-56 12-15 68
STANFORD (17-2, 6-1)
Fingall 2-7 0-0 6, Prechtel 4-6 2-4 12, Hull 0-3 4-4 4, Hull 10-17 6-7 29, Williams 2-12 2-2 7, Belibi 3-8 5-8 11, Brown 1-3 0-0 2, Jump 1-2 0-0 3, Wilson 1-1 0-0 2, Totals 24-59 19-25 76
Colorado 21 4 16 23 4 — 68
Stanford 13 14 12 25 12 — 76
Halftime — Stanford 27-25. 3-Point Goals — Colorado 10-26 (Tuitele 0-1, Caylao-Do 0-4, Clarke 2-5, Hollingshed 2-3, Sherrod 3-6, Finau 0-1, Knight 3-6), Stanford 9-24 (Fingall 2-4, Prechtel 2-3, Hull 0-2, Hull 3-7, Williams 1-6, Jump 1-2). Assists — Colorado 9 (Sherrod 7), Stanford 17 (Williams 5). Fouled Out — Colorado Sherrod. Rebounds — Colorado 36 (Caylao-Do 6-7), Stanford 32 (Belibi 4-5). Total Fouls — Colorado 24, Stanford 13. A — 2,829.