CU Buffs women’s basketball routed by No. 10 Oregon State – BuffZone

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More often than not this season, Colorado women’s basketball coach JR Payne has walked off the court after a game feeling pretty good about how her team performed.

Thursday was not one of those nights.

The Buffaloes struggled on both ends of the floor in a 79-52 loss to No. 10 Oregon State at CU Events Center.

“I’m obviously disappointed with the outcome of the game tonight,” Payne said. “I thought we played really hard, and that’s fantastic; that’s kind of the hallmark of this team. But unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily answer all your problems when you’re playing a great team and every team in the Pac-12 is really, really good.

“Truth is, they’re a great ballclub and we just didn’t get it done.”

When the Buffs (14-6, 3-6 Pac-12) visited Oregon State (17-4, 5-4) on Jan. 5, they gave the Beavers a battle into the fourth quarter.

Oregon State took the suspense out of this one early in the third quarter. After scoring the final five points of the second quarter, the Beavers stretched the run to 19-2 during the first five minutes of the third, taking a 51-30 lead.

Coming in with a three-game losing streak – all to top-10 teams – Oregon State controlled the boards with a 50-27 advantage and sank the Buffs with their 3-point accuracy. Led by junior Aleah Goodman, the Beavers hit a season-high 13 3s, on only 19 shots.

Goodman went 7-for-9 from 3-point range to finish with a career-high 26 points – topping her previous best of 25, scored against the Buffs on Feb. 1, 2019.

Colorado’s Mya Hollingshed looks to shoot over Oregon State’s Taylor Jones in Boulder on January 30, 2020.(Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

After giving up a program-record-tying 16 3s to Utah on Jan. 17, the Buffs have now allowed opponents to go 29-for-42 from beyond the arc in their last two home games.

“(The Beavers) are one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country,” Payne said. “But I said the same thing about Utah and both teams shot 70-percent from 3 against us.

“If you have a plan, it’s really best to try to stick with what you’ve been working on just because then everybody’s on the same page. And if we don’t do that, it makes it really hard against a great shooting team.”

During OSU’s game-changing run, the Buffs went 0-for-14 from the floor, missing several good looks at the hoop. Junior Mya Hollingshed, who led CU with 16 points, said the real difference was on defense, however.