Strong First Half Not Enough To Upset Stanford, As Colorado Falls 69-54 in Pac-12 Tournament

Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

Buffs unable to withstand 20-4 second half Cardinal surge

Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike came alive in the second half to beat Colorado 69-54 and put an end to the Buffs' two-game run in the Pac-12 tournament.

Colorado played an outstanding first half defensively, holding the Cardinal to a season low 21 first-half points. Stanford's previous low was 26, coming against No. 1 Connecticut.

CU wasn't lighting it up from the floor in the first half either, only hitting nine field goals. But four first-half three-pointers, three from Brittany Wilson, and one from Lauren Huggins were enough to give the Buffs a 23-21 lead at the half.

Brittany Wilson nailed her fifth three of the evening 37 seconds into the second half, giving Colorado their largest lead at 26-21, but Stanford's sharpshooting Bonnie Samuelson responded with a three of her own, sparking a 20-4 Cardinal run, dashing CU's shots at an upset.

Ogwumike, the Pac-12 player of the year, only had five first half points, but finished with a game-high 19. Samuelson and Lili Thompson added 15 points apiece, and Mikaela Ruef notched 10 points for the Cardinal.

Brittany Wilson finished with 16 points, 12 of which came in the first half. Haley Smith displayed a solid midrange game, scoring 10 points. Arielle Roberson fought for eight points and grabbed 17 boards.

CU will likely continue its season in the WNIT. Bids are announced following the NCAA tournament selection process on Monday, March 17th.

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