A frenzied fourth quarter 1 7 point rally fell short as the Washington Huskies ( 6-12, 3-12 Pac-12) suffered a disappointing 55-50 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes ( 10-9, 8-8) Sunday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena. A tough physical Colorado team brought the fight to a slow starting Washington squad. The physical play of the Lady Buffaloes severely affected the Huskies rhythm on the offensive end for the first three quarters. The Huskies failed to reach double digits in scoring the first three quarters of the game.
The Huskies were a mere 7-26 from the floor and committed 11 turnovers in the first half. The Lady Buffs had the same number of turnovers but their offensive execution was the difference maker in the first half. The Buffaloes made 10-25 field goals and three of eight three pointers and as a result went into the halftime break with a 25-18 lead.
Colorado started the third quarter with 12-2 run that extended the lead to 17 points at 37-20 with 5:47 left in the 3rd quarter. After taking more body blows the Huskies returned the favor and game turned into an old fashioned rumble. The invigorated Huskies finished the third quarter with 4-0 run to trail 39-26.
Colorado looked like it had shut down the Huskies for good when it pushed the lead back up to 17 point at 42-28 with 9:24 left in the game. Rather than wilt the Huskies decided to fight. The Huskies reeled of a 17-2 run that was capped by a Tamelya Sadler three pointer that cut the Buffaloes lead to just two points, 47-45 with 2:14 left in the game.
CLUTCH FREE THROW SHOOTING
From there, Colorado intensified its defense and did just enough offensively to seal the game. Mya Hollingshed missed a pair of free throws during the Huskies’ extended run, but she came up clutch down the stretch, going 6 of 6 in the final two minutes to finish the night with 12 points.
Colorado freshman Frida Formann iced the game, hitting a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left, part of her team-high 17-point effort.
“It was unfortunate that we got into a hole,” Wynn said. “(But) they showed their intensity and turned (Colorado) over and got us points in transition and gave us more opportunities, especially since we couldn’t get ourselves to the free throw line. It was just a tough night in the half-court offense.”