With a chance to upset a ranked team for the first time since December of 2012, Colorado women's basketball failed to score in the final two minutes, falling 55-51 at the hands of No. 20 Arizona State.
Colorado held Arizona State to just 22 points in the first half mixing in a zone defense with a sagging man-to-man, daring the Sun Devils to knock down outside shots.
While CU's first-half defense was incredibly effective, the Buffs could only muster 19 points in the first 20 minutes. Colorado missed their first ten shots from the field.
Both teams came alive offensively in the second half. ASU started to knock down the open three-pointers CU gave them, and Jen Reese found gaps in the Arizona State defense, scoring a game-high 18 points. Lexy Kresl added 11 off the bench for the Buffs.
ASU led for the majority of the second half, but two runs, first a 7-0 CU spurt and then a 5-0 run made the final ten minutes close. Reese knocked down a jumper with 3:30 to play to give the Buffs a 47-46 lead. Arizona State's Elisha Davis hit three-pointer on the other end, but Reese would respond, knocking down another jumper to tie the game with 2:03 to play.
The Buffs got a defensive stop and secured a defensive rebound with just over a minute to play. Head coach Linda Lappe called timeout, but Ashley Wilson missed a tough runner in the lane. ASU's Davis found Kelsey Moos under the basket in transition to give the Sun Devils a lead they would not relinquish.
Colorado continues their road trip Sunday against Arizona.