The Colorado Buffaloes women’s basketball program took a huge step forward with a 77-72 overtime win over No. 1 Stanford on Sunday in Boulder. The Buffaloes, 6-6 and 4-5 in conference play, ended a 16-game losing streak to the Cardinal in earning their first win against them in Pac-12 play. The last two matchups had been close, with an overtime loss and another ending thanks to a Stanford buzzer beater, but this time the Buffs would not be denied.
Colorado’s Mya Hollingshed scored a career-high 32 points Sunday and Frida Formann scored five in overtime to lead the Buffaloes to their first-ever win over a No. 1 ranked team. They trailed for the first two quarters before taking the lead in the third quarter. In the fourth they withstood a back and forth affair and sent the game to overtime with a Jaylyn Sherrod steal and layup with 23 seconds remaining to tie the game at 67-67
In overtime, the Buffaloes took the lead with a Formann 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it 72-70 with 1:36 remaining in the extra period. The Cardinal would only score two more points as Colorado held on for the victory.
“I’m just unbelievably proud of our ballclub,” CU coach JR Payne said. “I told them all there’s 1,000 reasons I’m proud of them. The way we performed today was the biggest. We just really had the right mindset going into this game. There was no fear. We were excited for the opportunity. We didn’t start out necessarily the way that we wanted but our team rallied and really dug in and stayed really positive with each other and with themselves and just continued to compete on every single possession.”