Two players had career nights, but it wasn’t enough to give the University of Colorado women’s basketball team a win on the road.
Freshman guard Brittany Wilson’s career-high 22 points just couldn’t compare to Kansas’ 62 percent shooting from the field as the Buffs fell 81-53 to the Jayhawks in their final trip to the Allen Fieldhouse as Big 12 rivals.
CU loses their third straight game, falling to 11-10 (2-6 Big 12), while Kansas breaks a five-game losing streak, improving to 15-7 (2-6 Big 12).
“Kansas was definitely better tonight,” head coach Linda Lappe said in a news release. “They shot ball lights out. They did a nice job. Our defense and rebounding let us down and those are the two things we have to have every game to compete.”
The Jayhawks began the game with a 17-5 run, and CU was never able to grab the momentum they needed to turn things around. Kansas scored 17 points off of the Buffs’ 12 first-half turnovers.
KU’s 46 points in the first half were the most allowed by Colorado in a half this season.
Colorado had just four turnovers in the second half, but shot just 35 percent in the game.
Regardless of the loss, senior forward Brittany Spears can take away something positive from the match-up. Her 18 points helped her become the third player in team history to reach 1,900 career points. Spears moved up to second place on Colorado’s all-time list for field goals made with 696.
Lappe said she hopes the team will step up as they return to the Coors Events Center to host Nebraska at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Marlee Horn at Marlee.firstname.lastname@example.org.