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The CU women’s basketball team’s 60-47 loss to Arizona State on Saturday was not as severe as when the two teams last met on Feb. 11 in Tempe, Ariz. Still, the Buffs didn’t come out of Saturday’s game with smiling faces.
After the loss on their home home court, the Buffs are now 16-8 overall and 5-8 in the Pac-12.
The Buffs shot just 36.4 percent for the game. They committed 24 turnovers that led to 26 points for ASU, and got dominated off the glass 43-25 which led to 13 second chance points for the Sun Devils.
“We just have to get better,” CU head coach Linda Lappe said to the Sports Information Department. “Arizona State is a team where most of their players have been to the NCAA Tournament. We’ve gotten better since the last time we’ve played them but we’re just not there yet.”
The Buffs have only five games left in the regular season to “get better.” Still, in the team’s inaugural Pac-12 season, long-term goals are the focus of the program. With only one senior on the roster, the team has an opportunity to improve and become competitive in the Pac-12 for the next couple years to come.
Sophomore Ashley Wilson said this improvement is only possible if the team takes every game, especially every loss, as a chance to make improvements in their play.
“We are disappointed of course, but we did make a step to get better,” Wilson said. “We are still getting better. We saw some things we liked, and few things we didn’t like. We need to take something out of this loss. We can’t just hang our heads low. It’s something to take out of this loss. We did get better.”
The Buffs now have a long break to prepare for their next opponent. Their next game is on Saturday, Feb. 18 against the University of Utah in Boulder.
All statistics and quotations courtesy of the University of Colorado Sports Information Department.