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Washington State rallies past CU Buffs women’s basketball

Buffs squander 15-point lead early in second half

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As far as growing pains go, this was a painful one for the Colorado women’s basketball team.

The Buffaloes were well on track to pick up their third road win of the Pac-12 Conference schedule but couldn’t finish the job on Friday night, as Washington State dominated the fourth quarter to hand CU a 69-59 defeat at  Beasley Coliseum.

CU fell to 14-8 overall and 3-8 in the Pac-12 going into Sunday’s matchup at Washington.

The Buffs closed the second quarter with a 13-2 run to take a 38-25 lead at halftime and extended the lead to 40-25 early in the second half before the Cougars began chipping away. WSU trimmed CU’s lead to 46-41 going into the fourth quarter, then outscored the Buffs 28-13 in the final frame to pull away.

After shooting .486 in the first half with seven turnovers, the Buffs shot just .222 (6-for-27) after the break and committed nine turnovers over the final two quarters.

Washington State took its first lead since the early stages on a bucket by Jovana Subasic with 3 minutes, 27 seconds remaining, though a jumper by CU’s Charlotte Whittaker briefly put the Buffs back in front at 54-53. However, WSU promptly took control by reeling off an 11-3 run, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Cougars senior Borislava Hristova.

The Buffs enjoyed a 41-38 rebounding advantage, paced by a Pac-12 season-best nine boards from Aubrey Knight, but CU shot itself in the foot by going 10-for-22 at the free throw line.

Mya Hollingshed led the Buffs with 18 points, going 6-for-12 overall and 2-for-3 on 3-pointers. Hollingshed also was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line, meaning her teammates went a combined 6-for-18 on free throws.

Freshman guard Jaylyn Sherrod finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Washington State, which went 8-for-20 on 3-pointers and 13-for-14 on free throws, was paced by 27 points from Chanelle Molina.

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What went right: Though they couldn’t maintain the pace, the Buffs shot .486 in the first half and finished with a 41-38 rebounding advantage.

What went wrong: CU was just 3-for-12 on 3-pointers and was even worse at the free throw line, going 10-for-22.

Star of the game: Mya Hollingshed. The junior shot 6-for-12 and tried to solve the Buffs’ free throw woes by going 4-for-4 at the line before finishing with 18 points and seven rebounds.

What’s next: The Buffs complete the road trip at Washington on Sunday (1 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks).

Washington State 69, Colorado 59

COLORADO (14-8, 3-8 Pac-12)

Sherrod 5-10 2-4 12, Clarke 3-13 1-4 7, Hollingshed 6-12 4-4 18, Knight 1-6 2-6 5, Tuitele 3-8 1-2 7, Caylao-Do 1-3 0-0 2, Finau 0-4 0-0 0, Volcy 0-0 0-0 0, Whittaker 4-6 0-2 8. Totals 23-62 10-22 59.

WASHINGTON STATE (11-12, 4-7 Pac-12)

Ch. Molina 8-13 9-9 27, Levy 1-2 0-0 3, Subasic 5-11 0-0 13, Hristova 6-18 3-3 17, Murekatete 3-6 0-0 6, Nankervis 1-4 0-0 2, Muzet 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 24-58 13-14 69.

Halftime – Colorado 38, Washington State 25. 3-point goals – Colorado 3-12 (Clarke 0-5, Hollingshed 2-3, Knight 1-3, Finau 0-1); Washington State 8-20 (Ch. Molina 2-4, Levy 1-2, Subasic 3-7, Hristova 2-6, Muzet 0-1). Rebounds – Colorado 41 (Knight 9); Washington State 38 (Hristova 9). Assists – Colorado 10 (Sherrod 4); Washington State 18 (Ch. Molina 5). Steals – Colorado 12 (Hollingshed, Knight 3); Washington State 12 (Ch. Molina 4). Total fouls – Colorado 16, Washington State 15. Turnovers – Colorado 16, Washington State 17. A – 747.

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