(CU Independent illustration/Josh Shettler)
(CU Independent illustration/Josh Shettler)

CU women’s basketball loses to #18 UCLA

First Half:

Poor shooting from the field has the Buffs struggling to find points as they trail 29-15 at the half to the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles. Sophomore Lexy Kresl, the lone bright spot for Colorado, shot 3 of 6 for six points while the rest of Colorado is shooting 20 percent from the field.

UCLA has found solid production from Markel Walker who shot 3 of 3 with 9 points with the rest of the team shooting 44 percent.

Colorado showed signs of desperation at times as they shot 1 of 8 from beyond the 3 point arch.  The Buffs struggles can also be partially attributed to the normally reliable senior Chucky Jeffery shooting 1 of 7 with only 3 points.

The Bruins have also thoroughly controlled the glass as they have out rebounded Colorado 24-14.  With UCLA’s Jasmine Dixon pulling down 7 of them.

UCLA took full advantage of Colorado’s shooting struggles as they cruised to a 62-46 victory in Los Angeles.  The Buffs finished the game shooting 28 percent from the field, shooting only 15 percent from long range.

Second Half:

UCLA took full advantage of Colorado’s shooting struggles as they cruised to a 62-46 victory in Los Angeles.  The Buffs finished the game shooting 28 percent from the field, shooting only 15 percent from long range.

The Bruins were led by Markel Walker’s 17 point, 12 rebound double-double which included shooting 6 of 6.  As a team, UCLA shot 55 percent and got to the line nine times while controlling the paint.

UCLA out-rebounded the Buffs 43-26, showing dominance on both ends of the court

The Bruins committed 29 turnovers, a staggering stat that the Buffs were unable to take advantage of.  This loss gives Colorado a record of 4-5 in the Pac-12 and leaves the Bruins sitting in third place at 7-2.

The future does look better for the Buffs as they will not play another game against a ranked opponent for the rest of the season.   Colorado has four of their final eight games at home hosting Oregon State, who sits at 9-12, next Friday, Feb. 8 and Oregon on Feb. 10.

Monday’s new rankings will determine if a rough loss at #18 UCLA will put #22 Colorado out of the top 25.

Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Grayson O’Roark at Grayson.oroark@colorado.edu.

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