Colorado fought through adversity against No. 11 Arizona State, but the Sun Devils proved too much for the Buffs as they fell 68-60.
"We fight harder when we're down, and I thought we had our chances. It was just a little bit too late," said Coach Linda Lappe on her team's performance.
CU lost Jamee Swan to an injury with less than 10 minutes left in the game. Swan accounted for 10 points and 11 rebounds before suffering an apparent ankle injury.
Without Swan the game looked out of reach for the Buffs, but her teammates rallied and ratcheted up the energy in her absence. Freshman Zoe Correal came in for her first minutes of the game and made several key plays to help keep Colorado in the game.
"Any time someone gets hurt you pick it up for them... We felt like we needed to come together for her," said Lexy Kresl on Swan's injury.
Kresl led Colorado in the scoring department with 18 points including 13 in the second half. Kresl also helped the Buffs keep possession of the ball, which has been a problem for the team this season with a turnover margin of -5.5.
Arizona State led by committee on offense with Sophie Brunner and Katie Hempen notching 15 points each, and Quinn Dornstauder adding 11.
The Buffs drop to 2-7 in Pac-12 play, but Colorado has shown improvement in recent games and has remained competitive in all Pac-12 games since dropping to USC 81-61.
"We didn't get the win, but we keep playing better and better," said Lappe.