Offense sputters as No. 24 CU Buffs women fall at No. 4 Stanford – The Denver Post


STANFORD, Calif. – Eleven of Colorado’s first 12 shots Sunday were off the mark.

The Buffaloes got a bit better from there, but the start set the tone for a 62-49 loss to Stanford at Maples Pavilion.

No. 24 CU (15-4, 6-2 Pac-12) played with the fourth-ranked Cardinal (19-2, 7-1) most of the afternoon, but couldn’t overtime a bad start or poor offense, as the Buffs’ seven-game winning streak came to a close.

“I thought our defense was pretty good all night; I thought our offense was pretty bad all night,” CU head coach JR Payne said.

Jaylyn Sherrod had 16 points, Quay Miller had 14 points and nine rebounds and Aaronette Vonleh recorded the first double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) of her career, but it was a struggle to score all afternoon for the Buffs.

After the dismal 1-for-12 start, CU finished at 28.8% (16-of-66) from the floor and was equally disappointing from the free throw line (37.5%, 6-of-16).

“Sometimes you just have one of those games and it was today,” said Sherrod, the only Buff to shoot well, going 5-for-9. “It was just one of those games where nothing was falling for us. Sometimes it happens in the game of basketball.”

Stanford wasn’t impressive offensively, making 33.9% of its shots, including only 21.4%  in the second half. But, the Cardinal got a hot start from Hannah Jump and then changed the game with their shot-blocking ability.

Jump, who came in ranked 15th nationally in 3-point percentage (45.2%), had 16 of her game-high 21 points in the first half. She had four first-half 3s to help Stanford build its big lead of 17 points.


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