Baylor able to edge Colorado with second-half free throws
The Buffs looked to be in great shape going into the second half but the team never seemed to get the spark they needed in the final 20 minutes. The CU defense stood tall but offensive turnovers took a toll on the team.
Baylor managed to hit enough of their free throws throughout the final minutes to keep a solid lead and the Buffs could not get enough good looks from behind the arc.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle for the Lady Buffs came when center Kara Richards fouled out, as Richards made the difference for CU in the first half.
CU falls to 11-15 and 5-9 in conference, while the Baylor Bears extend their winning streak to five games.
Officials discuss a call, one that may give CU possession again, but a victory appears just out of reach for the Buffs. However, “Let’s go Buffs” rings loud from the crowd, who are not giving up on their home team.
The Bears tie their biggest lead of the night, nine points ahead of CU. Possession goes back to Baylor and CU is forced to commit the foul. Both free throws from Angela Tisdale are good.
Baylor’s Rachel Allison earns her fourth foul but Jackie McFarland misses both free throw opportunities. However, she is able to knock the rebound to a teammate and the Bear’s Bernice Mosby earns her first foul. McFarland will head to the line after a floor burn on her knee is wrapped up. McFarland sinks one out of two attempts.
CU’s defense is staying strong while opting to play rather than commit fouls. A critical possession for the Buffs ends in another forced shot from Candace Rucker. Caley Dow hits two free throw attempts.
The Bears look to work as much clock as possible and the tactic works thanks to a few more missed opportunities by CU. Time out on the floor.
An 8-1 Baylor run is interrupted by two critical free throw opportunities by Whitney Houston. The CU guard hits one of two. The Buffs gain possession of the ball but Kara Richards earns her 5th foul and will take a seat for the rest of the game. CU coach Kathy McConnell-Miller is not happy with the call.
The double team on Jackie McFarland is starting to really take effect. After another two-point bucket by Baylor, CU takes a much-needed timeout to discuss things. NOTE: Kara Richards has already earned a double-double tonight with 10 rebounds and 22 points
Jasmina Ilic loses an easy rebound to Baylor’s Bernice Mosby which leads to another two-point basket for the Bears. After another sequence of turnovers for each team, CU gains possession and Ilic heads to the line to shoot two but she can only sink one.
Jasmina Ilic hits a big three-pointer to help the Buffs grab another lead. After getting possession back CU turns the ball over which leads to two more for Baylor. Neither team can grab much momentum but that means this game is still in reach for the Buffs.
The Bears Angela Tisdale earns her third foul of the night and heads to the bench. Buff Jackie McFarland goes to the line and the CU forward hits both attempts and ties the score. The crowd cheers the loudest they have cheered all night but the noise is soon deflated as the Bears respond quickly with another two-point basket.
Another Baylor turnover leads to a CU possession but Candace Rucker is pushed to the floor. The guard is shooting just under 50 percent from the line this year but she sinks both opportunities.
The Bears open the second half with possession of the ball but a traveling call gives it right back to CU. A missed CU opportunity leads to another Baylor missed opportunity. Angela Tisdale breaks the trend with another three-pointer. The Buffs respond quickly, as Kara Richards sinks an easy two.
Colorado is 4-12 when trailing at halftime but the team is shooting right around 45 percent after the first half. The Bears are having no problem double-teaming Buff Jackie McFarland. However, the CU forward has still been finding a way to make decent passes to get out of those situations.
Kara Richards really stepped up for the Buffs in the first half, sinking seven of 10 baskets and one free throw out of three attempts for 15 points.
On the visiting end, Angela Tisdale shot for 18 total points, including nine points from three-point range.
Things have been back and forth for the last few minutes and neither team was able to put any points up for a substantial amount of time. Kara Richards gives the Buffs their first points in over two minutes but Baylor answers easily with two points of their own.
Kara Richards receives a great feed from Jasmina Ilic, pulling the Buffs within one point. Richards has been solid inside.
The Bear’s Angela Tisdale hits her third 3-pointer of the game followed by Jessica Morrow’s first points, helping the Bears to pull ahead of CU. Tisdale will be a force that the Buffs will need to keep an eye on.
Jasmina Ilic has a steal followed by an easy lay-up to put the Buffs up by three. Kara Richards also hits an easy two, and CU has its biggest lead yet. There has not been very much action from beyond the arch as both teams are mostly opting to work the ball inside.
Jasmina Ilic is having no problem shooting the ball right now. Ilic sinks both free throws to help the Buffs grab their second lead.
Buffs take their first lead after Jackie McFarland hits a free throw following her second basket of the game and a Baylor foul.
Richards from Ilic for two. The Buffs are establishing some great passing. Most of the action is coming near the basket so far.
Buffs pull within 2, staying right on the heels of the Lady Bears. Buffs gain control again, and Angela Tisdale is assessed her first foul.
Baylor is establishing some good play inside the paint, attacking that weak side.
Baylor draws first blood as Rachel Allison drops a bucket from the paint. Susie Powers ties it up for the Buffs. Baylor responds quickly with another 2.
Colorado (11-14, 5-8 Big 12) welcomes 14th ranked Baylor (23-4, 10-3 Big 12) to Boulder tonight. Colorado has won just one of its last four games, three of which have come on the road. The Buffs are 10-4 at home this season. The Bears have won four straight and eight of their last nine and sit atop the Big 12 tied with Oklahoma and Texas A&M.