BOULDER, Colo. The Colorado women's basketball team avoided the wrong side of history of Sunday. The Buffaloes snapped its 11-game losing streak with an 81-76 win over Southern California at the CU Events Center.
Alexis Robinson drilled a 3-pointer with 32.7 seconds remaining to give Colorado a five-point lead, and the Buffs held on for an 81-76 win over the Women of Troy.
"I say every game how proud I am of this team," head coach JR Payne stated after the win. "I'm really proud of our effort today. Four players in double figures, only 12 turnovers and a few of them were late in the game against a team that forces a lot of turnovers. We outrebounded them by 12. I think every hustle category we won today and I'm really, really proud of our team tonight."
CU had four players score in double figures. Mya Hollingshed hit a pair of free throws with 17 seconds to play to give the Buffs the five-point cushion. She Colorado with 21 points. Hollingshed and Robinson (16 points) combined for 37 on the afternoon, and freshmen Lesila Finau and Emma Clarke had 14 and 10 points, respectively.
It was CU's first Pac-12 win of the season as the Buffs improved to 11-12 overall and 1-11 in conference play. USC falls to 14-8 and 4-8 in the Pac-12.
"I feel like we've been knocking on the door so many times," Payne added. "The first two conference games at home were two, three- or four-point games and Friday night's game was a four-point game. We've had a lot of really good games, we just haven't been able to come out with a victory. For me, I'm most excited for these guys to be able to celebrate, to be able to reap the reward of all their hard work tonight, and we'll just continue to work hard keep getting better."
Freshman Peanut Tuitele was giant on the glass for Colorado. She snagged a game-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore Annika Jank aided with seven points and eight boards in relief.
Mariya Moore led Southern California with a game-high 22 points.
Colorado will look to carry its success out on the road next week. The Buffs will visit Arizona State and Arizona in a pair of early season rematches.