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Arielle Roberson records her first career double-double, and Colorado moves within a game of fourth place in the Pac-12
Arielle Roberson recorded her first career double-double, as Colorado women's basketball pulled by Washington State in an ugly 59-45 result.
"Well we're really happy to get that win," Colorado head coach Linda Lappe said. "It was a hard-fought game, you've got to give Washington State a lot of credit, they fought and scrapped. It was a physical game, and I liked how our players responded down the stretch."
Colorado began the game well, grabbing a 12-4 lead. However, Washington State's confounding 2-3 matchup zone gave the Buffs some issues, as the Cougars converted 11 first half CU turnovers into seven of their 19 first half points, trailing only by seven at halftime.
Washington State remained within striking distance for much of the second half. It was an 11-0 Colorado run that started at the 5:52 mark that put the game out of reach for the Cougars.
"Our team was aggressive on both sides of the ball," said Washington State head coach June Daugherty. "We just simply can't have 25 turnovers."
Roberson finished with a game-high 17 points and 13 rebounds. Chucky Jeffery awoke from a first half slumber to have a solid line of 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Jen Reese continued her success against zones, scoring 10 points.
"I think I was just extremely focused and tapped into a different mindset," said Roberson. "I didn't just expect mediocre play from myself tonight. I upped my level of play and aggressiveness."
Sunday afternoon is senior night for the Buffaloes, as Jeffery, Meagan Malcolm-Peck and Brenna Malcolm-Peck play in their last regular season home games at Coors Events Center against Washington. The game has a little extra meaning with Washington dropping their Friday night game against Utah, making Sunday afternoon's matchup a battle for fourth-place in the Pac-12.