LUBBOCK, Texas – On the brilliant facet, the Colorado girls’s basketball staff was given a sport Wednesday from which it could actually study quite a bit.
Sadly, it got here on a irritating, whistle-filled night time.
The Buffaloes almost overcame one of many highest foul counts in program historical past earlier than falling to host Texas Tech, 86-85 in time beyond regulation within the preseason WNIT at United Supermarkets Area.
Tameiya Sadler’s desperation layup try got here up brief earlier than the ultimate buzzer because the Buffs (3-1) misplaced their first sport of the season. CU almost received regardless of being hit with 34 fouls – tied for the second-most in program historical past. The one time a CU staff had extra was on Feb. 13, 1981, when the Buffs had 36 fouls in a loss at Utah.
“We by no means foul like that,” CU head coach JR Payne mentioned. “You possibly can return six years and possibly by no means discover a sport the place we fouled that a lot with this veteran of a ballclub.”
In truth, in Payne’s now seven-season tenure, the earlier excessive foul whole for CU was 28. On this night time, three Buffs – Jaylyn Sherrod, Frida Formann and Jada Wynn – fouled out and three different Buffs had 4 fouls.
Texas Tech capitalized, hitting 36-of-41 free throws (87.8%). The Purple Raiders have been hit with 24 fouls, and the Buffs have been 23-of-32 (71.9%) from the road.
“It was very irritating as a result of we had no thought from possession to possession the way it was going to be known as,” Payne mentioned. “That’s a extremely tough factor to ask a staff. We’re saying, ‘Make the adjustment.’ … What adjustment? What would you like me to do? It was simply very, very irritating.”
Quay Miller had a career-high 24 factors and pulled down 12 rebounds to steer the Buffs, whereas Sherrod scored 19 of her 21 factors within the second half.
CU was scorching early, making 11-of-15 pictures within the first quarter to take a 27-20 lead. However, with 1:35 to play within the first quarter, Texas Tech head coach Krista Gerlich was hit with a technical foul.
“After their coach received a technical foul, I believed the sport modified in the way it was known as,” Payne mentioned. “It was known as tremendous, tremendous tight after that.”
Regardless of that, CU elevated its result in 16 factors, at 39-23, with 4:13 to play within the second quarter. The Purple Raiders closed the half on an 11-2 run, nonetheless, after which opened the second half with a 10-3 run to tie the sport at 44-44.
Texas Tech by no means led by greater than three, however there have been 11 lead modifications, most of these down the stretch.
“It was very tough to play a sport like that,” Payne mentioned. “It was very onerous to get into any rhythm in any respect as a result of every part was a foul and a free throw and you then’re stopping, you’re enjoying off a useless ball out of bounds.”
Payne was please with Sherrod’s second half effort. After simply two factors within the first half, the senior level guard had 14 within the third quarter.
“Jay is simply in the end very, very aggressive and so she’s going to do every part humanly doable to assist us win and she or he simply did that,” Payne mentioned. “She discovered methods to get downhill, received a few steals and was creating even a little bit bit along with her protection. She was phenomenal.”
Sadly for the Buffs, it wasn’t sufficient as that they had a 14-game profitable streak in common season nonconference video games snapped.
“Each time we take the ground is a chance to study, however this sport is best for us than a 20-point win over somebody that doesn’t essentially problem us in these methods,” Payne mentioned. “I’m upset with the result, however actually glad that we had a chance to play a tricky staff on their flooring in a really difficult surroundings. I believe we positively have quite a bit that we will study from this.
“We’ll be a greater staff subsequent week due to a sport like this.”
Snapshot: CU Buffs at Texas Tech
Turning level: The lead modified fingers 11 occasions, however the ultimate turning level got here halfway by time beyond regulation. CU scored the primary three factors of the additional session, however had back-to-back turnovers and Texas Tech scored 4 straight to take the lead, sparking a 6-2 run within the ultimate 2:11.
Buff of the sport: Quay Miller. She posted one other double-double, with a career-high 24 factors and 12 rebounds. She additionally tied her profession excessive with 5 steals.
What’s subsequent?: The Buffs host Air Power on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Texas Tech 86, Colorado 85 (OT)
Sherrod 6-9 7-8 21, Jones 4-6 1-3 9, Formann 4-6 2-2 12, Miller 8-12 5-6 24, Vonleh 2-6 0-0 4, Sadler 2-8 3-5 8, Wetta 0-4 2-2 2, Wynn 1-3 1-2 3, McLeod 0-1 0-2 0, Whittaker 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 27-57 23-32 85.
TEXAS TECH (2-1)
Tofaeono 1-3 2-2 4, McKinney 8-15 3-3 22, Gerlich 1-6 8-8 10, Scott 1-5 11-14 14, Veitenheimer 0-0 0-0 0, Freelon 0-1 0-0 0, Shavers 0-2 0-0 0, Ukkonen 0-0 0-0 0, Wenger 1-2 3-4 5, Maupin 4-10 8-8 20, Chevalier 0-1 0-0 0, Lewis 5-5 1-2 11. Totals 21-50 36-41 86.
Colorado 27 14 21 18 5 – 85
Texas Tech 20 14 24 22 6 – 86
3-point targets – Colorado 8-20 (Miller 3-4, Formann 2-4, Sherrod 2-3, Sadler 1-3, Wetta 0-2, Wynn 0-2, Jones 0-1, Vonleh 0-1), TT 8-15 (Maupin 4-6, McKinney 3-5, Scott 1-3, Gerlich 0-1). Rebounds – Colorado 31 (Miller 12), TT 32 (Tofaeono, Lewis 5). Assists – Colorado 7 (Sherrod, Jones 3), TT 11 (Gerlich 4). Steals – Colorado 12 (Miller 5), TT 3 (3 gamers with 1). Complete fouls – Colorado 34, TT 24. Fouled out – Sherrod, Formann, Wynn, Tofaeono. Technicals – TT coach.