Two free throws by Adrianne Thomas with 4.4 seconds to play sealed a 68-66 victory for No. 14 Arizona State.
"Just about everything bad that could have happened, did at the end of that game. Not thrilled with how it ended, but we've got to get back to work," said CU head coach Linda Lappe.
Colorado took a 66-64 lead with 2:43 to play on an Ashley Wilson old-fashioned three-point play. Arizona State responded by closing within one with an Adrianne Thomas free-throw.
The Buffs had three excellent opportunities to stretch that lead, but missed jumpers by Jen Reese (who tied her career-high for the second straight game with 22 points) and Haley Smith kept the Sun Devils within striking range.
"You look at Jen and the night that she had, and she's probably only going to remember one of the last shots that she took, but she shouldn't, because she was a huge reason why we were in that game, she moved well, she played a lot of minutes for us," said Lappe.
With 42 seconds to play and the Buffs still leading 66-65, ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne called timeout. Out of the timeout, Sophie Brunner missed a layup, but a foul on Brittany Wilson on the ensuing rebound sent Kelsey Moos to the line, who hit one-of-two free-throws.
Lappe called a timeout with the ball and the game tied 66-66 with only 21 seconds to play. As Brittany Wilson was setting up the final possession, she appeared to be tripped near the left sideline. The ball rolled to ASU's Promise Amukamara, who bolted down court and dished to Thomas. Thomas appeared to travel, jumped into Lauren Huggins and flung the ball towards the rim, drawing a foul on Huggins.
"I felt like I got tripped and there was no call," said Brittany Wilson. "There's nothing really to say."
Thomas hit both free throws, and Brittany Wilson was called for a travel on the inbound. ASU inbounded and ran out the remaining second.
Both Wilson twins finished with 12 points. Jamee Swan scored 10 points and added seven rebounds.
Colorado plays Utah twice next week, first on Wednesday in Salt Lake City, and then on Sunday in Boulder.
Player of the Game
Jen Reese - Reese tied career-highs in points (22) and field goals made (9), while grabbing eight rebounds.