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LOS ANGELES – Effort wasn’t a problem for the Colorado women’s basketball team on Friday.

Hitting shots proved to be difficult, however.

CU played fairly well against a ranked opponent yet again, but couldn’t overcome its shooting woes in a 62-52 loss to No. 9 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.

Mya Hollingshed matched her season high with 22 points to lead the Buffs (16-12, 5-12 Pac-12), but they made just 33.3 percent of their shots as a team.

Outside of Hollingshed’s 7-for-13 shooting, the rest of the Buffs went 10-for-38 (26.3 percent) combined.

Despite the struggles, CU wasn’t an easy out against the Bruins (24-4, 13-4 Pac-12), who can clinch the No. 2 seed for the Pac-12 Tournament with a win against Utah in Sunday’s finale.

Michaela Onyenwere led UCLA with 16 points and nine rebounds. The Grandview High School graduate had eight of her points in the first quarter to help UCLA build a 20-8 lead.

UCLA led by as  many as 15 points after a bucket by Japreece Dean with 5 minutes, 33 seconds to play in the third quarter.

CU cut the deficit to seven on a Hollingshed 3-pointer with 5:42 to play in the fourth, but couldn’t get any closer down the stretch.

Peanut Tuitele had seven points and six rebounds for the Buffs, while Aubrey Knight added six point and seven rebounds.

The Buffs will play at Southern California (15-13, 7-10) on Sunday in the regular season finale.

CU is tied with Washington for ninth place going into the finale. The Buffs could move up as high as eighth with a win and the Trojans and Sunday losses by Utah and Washington.

The Buffs have had six losses by 12 points or less against ranked opponents this season.

Fast break

What went right: The effort was good all night, the Buffs were solid on defense and they hit their free throws (15-for-17).

What went wrong: Offense was a struggle, as the Buffs hit 33.3 percent of their shots (17-of-51) and racked up 19 turnovers, which led to 17 UCLA points.

Star of the game: Mya Hollingshed. She matched her season high with 22 points and added four rebounds.

What’s next: The Buffs visit USC on Sunday.

No. 9 UCLA 62, Colorado 52

COLORADO (16-12, 5-12 Pac-12)

Caylao-Do 2-4 2-2 6, Sherrod 1-12 2-2 4, Clarke 1-5 2-2 5, Hollingshed 7-13 6-6 22, Tuitele 3-5 1-2 7, Finau 0-1 0-0 0, Kulinska 0-0 0-0 0, Knight 2-8 2-3 6, Whittaker 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 17-51 15-17 52.

UCLA (24-4, 13-4 Pac-12)

Corsaro 1-2 2-3 4, Osborne 2-6 2-2 7, Onyenwere 7-16 2-2 16, Dean 4-9 4-4 12, Miller 1-2 0-0 2, K. Owens 0-0 0-0 0, Jefferson 0-2 0-0 0, J. Owens 1-3 0-0 3, Chou 3-10 2-2 10, Brown 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 23-56 12-13 62.

Colorado         8          15        15        14        –           52

UCLA             20        11        17        14        –           62

3-point goals – Colorado 3-16 (Hollingshed 2-5, Clarke 1-4, Sherrod 0-4, Knight 0-3), UCLA 4-15 (Chou 2-5, Osborne 1-2, J. Owens 1-2, Onyenwere 0-2, Dean 0-2, Jefferson 0-2). Rebounds – Colorado 30 (Knight 7), UCLA 40 (Onyenwere 9). Assists – Colorado 7 (Knight 2), UCLA 18 (Dean 7). Steals – Colorado 6 (Sherrod 2), UCLA 10 (Osborne, Onyenwere 3). Turnovers – Colorado 19, UCLA 17. Total fouls – Colorado 18, UCLA 16. Fouled out – None. Attendance – 1,937.