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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

CU Buffs Women Defeated by #10 Arizona

TUCSON, Arizona. On Sunday, Colorado achieved the desired start.

The end couldn’t be more disappointing.

With a 12-point lead, the 22nd-ranked CU women’s basketball team lost to No. 10 Arizona 75–56 at the McKale Center.

The Buffs (13-4, 2-4 PK-12) have lost four in a row after Arizona (14-2, 4-2) was in total control of the last 26 minutes.

“I thought we were the aggressors early in the game and they were the aggressors in the second half of the game,” CU head coach J.R. Payne said. “Whoever was the most aggressive won at that time. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to match or maintain that level of aggressiveness and confident play throughout the full 40 minutes.”

Maya Hollingshed of Colorado is looking to get through during the Buffs’ game against Arizona on January 23, 2022 in Tucson, Arizona.

Mia Hollingshed and Tameya Sadler each scored 11 points to lead the Buffs, but the Arizona duo of Shayna Pellington and Kate Reese had no answer. The two seniors combined for 51 points and Pellington scored 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Reese was 10-of-17 and added nine rebounds.

“I think we will turn on the movie and see that we really wanted to win in the kill zone, but we couldn’t,” Payne said. “If you play behind Kate Reese on the block, she scores 1500 points for a reason. She’s very pretty and you can’t let her get touched like that. Pellington is just a very good, experienced player who has many different views. For a kid who made six triples all year, stepping back in competitive triples, I mean kudos to her. She played great.”

Having started a three-game losing streak, the Buffs were still confident because each of those games was close. They capitalized on that confidence early Sunday morning by taking a 17-7 lead after one quarter.

A layup by Quay Miller extended CU’s lead to 21-9 with 8 minutes 7 seconds left in the second quarter, but Arizona flared up about 2 minutes later.

The Pellington Jumper fired up Arizona 20-8 to close the second quarter. She had 10 points in the last 6 minutes of the quarter and by half-time the score was 29-29.

“We just needed to calm down,” Payne said. “In the first half, we turned the ball twice against their pressure, which is not that big of a deal, but I thought it still broke our timing and rhythm even after we got into the frontcourt, where we played great. execution and excellent flow. I think it was devastating.”

CU had a strong start to third, with Hollingshed scoring five quick points as the Buffs took a 39–36 lead.

It was all of Arizona from there. The Wildcats led 27–4 for about nine minutes and took a 63–43 lead early in the fourth. Reese scored 14 points in this series, and Pellington – 13.

“You call timeouts, you try to settle them,” Payne said. “You take another time out to try to regroup, to make sure we do something well, but in the end, yes, it all snowballed and it was fast. Our turnovers were costly. These were not dead transmissions. It was the passing of a live ball under the basket.”

Paying tribute to Arizona, Payne said that the Buffs also began to get mentally fatigued. It was CU’s third road game in seven days, including overtime losses in Oregon and Arizona.

It was also the third game of four away games. CU has a second round of four games on the horizon. The rest of the Pac-12s combined only have one road turn in four games.

“We’re nearing the end of our first (four-match) turn and it’s not easy,” Payne said. “When you combine two losses of overtime work away, that’s not easy either, and then you add in the fact that these kids are in school and online (in class), there are a lot of things that are very difficult.

“That doesn’t mean we still don’t have a job; it doesn’t mean we still can’t perform and do what we need to do to be successful, but it certainly is challenging.”

Notes

Hollingshed added 10 rebounds for her 21st career double-double. … Arizona leads by a whopping 23 points. Heading into the fourth quarter on Sunday, CU’s biggest deficit of the season was nine points. … Sadler got her first start as a buff, replacing Frieda Foreman on the lineup as the buffs looked to get a spark on offense. Sadler and Foreman played 22 minutes each. … CU ranked 10th nationally on Sunday with 12.8 steals per game. The Buffs lost five to the Wildcats in a season. … CU is 1-45 all-time away against top 10 opponents and has lost their last 36.

Small break

What happened: CU got off to a great start, playing exceptional defense and throwing out three top threes, putting Arizona in a 12-point niche after the first 12 minutes.

Something went wrong: Arizona turned CU’s 16 passes into 19 points, edged the Buffs 42-18 in the paint, and controlled momentum for the final 26 minutes.

Game star: Tameya Sadler. Making her first start as a Buff, she had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals.

What’s next: CU visits Utah on Friday at 7:00 pm ET.

No. 10 Arizona 75, No. 22 Colorado 56

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

Tuitele 2:2 0:0 4, Finau 0:1 1:2 1, Hollingshed 4:16 1:2 11, Sadler 3:6 4:4 11, Sherrod 0:3 4:6 4, Miller 3:6 3 -4 9, Blacksten 1:1 1:2 3, Foremann 2:9 2:2 8, Jones 1:4 0:0 2, Wetta 1:2 1:2 3, Team 0:0 0:0 0, Totals 17-50 17-24 56

ARIZONA (14-2, 4-2 Pak-12)

Reese 10-17 3-3 23, Thomas 3-5 0-0 9, Ware 1-4 0-0 2, Pellington 10-13 6-8 28, Yini 1-2 0-0 2, Copeland 0-1 0 -0 0, Love 1:5 0:0 2, Smith 0:0 0:0 0, Asi 0:0 0:0 0, Chavez 0:2 0:0 0, Conner 0:1 0:0 0, Pueyo 1-3 0-0 2, Erdogan 1-1 0-0 2, Sanchez 1-1 0-0 3, Wonleh 1-1 0-0 2, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Total 30-56 9- 11 75

Colorado 17 12 14 13 – 56 Arizona 7 22 22 24 – 75

3 points goals – Colorado 5-21 (Finau 0-1, Hollingshed 2-8, Sadler 1-2, Sherrod 0-1, Miller 0-1, Foreman 2-8), Arizona 6-17 (Reese 0-3, Thomas 3-4 , Ware 0:2, Pellington 2:2, Love 0:1, Chavez 0:2, Pueyo 0:2, Sanchez 1:1). Helps – Colorado 12 (Hollingshed 3, Sherrod 3), Arizona 13 (Jini 4). Polluted – No one. Rebounds – Colorado 33 (Hollingshed 10), Arizona 31 (Reese 9). Total fouls – Colorado 16, Arizona 17. Technical fouls – No one. A – 7103.

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