PULLMAN, Wash. Beasley Coliseum continued to be unkind to the University of Colorado women's basketball team on Sunday. Colorado closed the road trip with a 74-48 loss at Washington State, falling to 1-7 all-time in Pullman.
The Buffaloes recent woes continued, dropping their fifth consecutive contest. CU now sits at 0-5 in the Pac-12 and 10-6 overall. Washington State improves to 2-3 in the conference and 7-9 overall.
The Buffs were hard pressed on offense throughout the day. Colorado's 48 points were the fewest of the season and the team shot its second-lowest field goal percentage of the season at (34.5). Junior Quinessa Caylao-Doled the Buffs with 18 points. She went 6-of-13 on the day. Sophomore Mya Hollingshed closed strong with 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
Washington State's Borislava Hristova led all players with 23 points to go with her 10 rebounds.
"It was just not a very good basketball game," head coach JR Payne noted. "I thought our effort was fine. Quinessa's effort is almost super-human right now. She is playing a lot of different positions, scoring the ball, working the glass and defending their best player. We are in a situation now where everyone has to give that super-human effort."
HOW IT HAPPENED: Both teams were slow to start. The Buffs were 1-of-6 in the open, while WSU was just 1-of-5. Colorado's focus was getting the ball down low in the paint at the start. Hollingshed and Peanut Tuitele got the Buffs offense in the flow, helping CU to eight points in the paint in the first. The Buffs closed the first half just 5-for-18 but went 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the quarter to help build a 13-12 lead.
Washington State scored the first 11 points of the second quarter, jumping out to a 23-13 lead. WSU outscored CU 16-8 in the quarter, limiting the Buffs to just two field goals. The Cougars took advantage of Colorado's turnovers, totaling eight points off of CU's mishaps in the period.
The Cougars continued to have a hot hand in the second half. WSU shot 63.3 percent in the final 20 minutes, outscoring CU 46-27 in the half.
"That's the game of basketball," Hollingshed commented. "Teams are going to hit shots. We said we were going to come out and play our game. I feel like we really did that towards the end. We just have to continue to do that throughout the course of the game."
TURNING POINT: Washington State's 11-0 run to open the second quarter provided a 10-point cushion for the Cougars. Colorado cut the lead down to five twice before halftime but would not get any closer.
WHAT IT MEANS: Colorado continues to be on the search for its first Pac-12 win. The Buffs will need to string together wins to improve their standing in the conference and get back on track come tournament time in March.
KEY STATISTICS: Washington State shot 85.7 percent in the fourth quarter (12-14), slamming the door shut on Colorado…
NOTEWORTHY: Colorado was again without senior Kennedy Leonard, who continues to be day-to-day…Lesila Finau got her first career start…Colorado's 20 field goals tied for the fewest this season…CU got outrebounded 38-27.
QUOTEWORTHY: "Teams are going to go on a run. We are going to go on runs. We just have to learn how to get stops and shut them down," - CU's Mya Hollingshed.
NEXT UP: Colorado will make the trip to Salt Lake City next week for its lone game of the week. The Buffs will take on Utah at 7 p.m. MT.