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Fourth-ranked CU Buffs tripped up by No. 17 Oregon State – Boulder Daily Camera

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Why the Buffs lost: They couldn’t hit shots most of the day and Oregon State seemingly couldn’t miss early, burying the Buffs.

Three stars:

1. OSU’s Talia von Oelhoffen: Sparked the Beavers the entire game with 18 points, including two dagger 3-pointers before halftime.

2. OSU’s Raegan Beers: Valor Christian graduate had 12 points and 12 rebounds, along with four assists and three blocks.

3. CU’s Jaylyn Sherrod: Led the Buffs with 14 points, while also racking up six rebounds and three steals.

Up next: Colorado will visit No. 20 Utah on Friday at 6 p.m. MT.

For several minutes on Sunday afternoon, Jaylyn Sherrod sat in a chair in the tunnel that leads to the CU Events Center court with a towel over her head.

She eventually had to move to do a postgame press conference and the towel slipped down to her shoulders, but the disappointment didn’t leave her face after the fourth-ranked CU women’s basketball team lost to No. 17 Oregon State 65-59 on Sunday.

“I mean, I just want to win,” Sherrod said softly. “There’s two home games left (after Sunday), you want to go out on a good note.

“So it’s just very frustrating when you really want to beat a team who, at their place, like really took it to us there, too. So it’s just like, why not come out with a pissed off mentality to get after them? It just didn’t go the way we wanted it to.”

Sherrod and the Buffaloes (20-4, 10-3 Pac-12) didn’t like how they played in Corvallis, Ore., on Jan. 26, but they really didn’t like how they played in Sunday’s rematch with the Beavers (20-3, 9-3).

A late rally sparked by the bench gave the Buffs a chance in the fourth quarter, but this was Oregon State’s game almost from the start.

“Really proud of how we battled and competed and fought down the stretch of the game,” CU head coach JR Payne said. “Also probably equally frustrated with how we started the game. I thought we got decent looks but I also thought that we kind of went back to taking ill-advised early shots, which we know doesn’t work for us.”

CU lost to the Beavers by the same margin a few weeks ago, but that 68-62 defeat played out much different. The Buffs led that one by 10 early in the second quarter and never trailed by more than eight, but left numerous chances slip away.

Determined to make amends this time, the Buffs just simply struggled to hit shots – in part because of OSU’s stingy defense and in part because shots that normally fall didn’t. CU was 15-for-48 (.313) in the first three quarters, while OSU was 21-for-42 (.500).

Sherrod hit a 3-pointer for the first points of the game, but less than three minutes into the second quarter, the Buffs were down 30-10.

“Yeah, it’s frustrating because we’re not hitting shots and they are,” CU senior Quay Miller said. “We’re trying to play our best defense. … It wasn’t nothing OSU did. It was all us. We prepared a certain way for this game knowing how we played them in Corvallis. I don’t know. I guess we just didn’t execute the game plan as well as we needed to.”

Colorado forward Charlotte Whittaker shoots against Oregon State forward Raegan Beers in Boulder on Feb. 11, 2024.(Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
Colorado forward Charlotte Whittaker shoots against Oregon State forward Raegan Beers in Boulder on Feb. 11, 2024.(Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Sherrod, who finished with a team-high 14 points, fueled a rally that sliced the OSU lead to 32-22, but the Beavers drained four three-pointers to bump the lead back to 20, 44-24, at intermission.

“Totally (demoralizing),” Payne said. “Especially you battle and compete and get back. You’re right back in the game and then (for them) to hit three triples in a row is … it takes a lot of work to come back. It takes physical energy, it takes mental energy to make that run and so yeah, that was tough for sure.”

Talia von Oelhoffen, who had a game-high 18 points, hit two of those late 3s for the Beavers, who were 9-for-16 from beyond the arc in the first half.

Oregon State led by as many as 25 and its lead was at least 20 throughout the second half until CU’s Charlotte Whittaker hit back-to-back jumpers with about six minutes left. That sparked a 17-1 run to close the game and make things interesting, but the rally came too late against the hottest team in the conference. OSU has won five straight, with four of those against either CU or No. 20 Utah.

“It’s just frustrating,” Sherrod said. “We really wanted to win, but I think at the end of the day, like Quay said, we just gotta be better. Execute better across the board. It’s not just one person.”

Notable

CU had season lows for total points (59), points in a half (24, first half) and its second-lowest scoring quarter of the year, with eight in the opening frame. … Sherrod, a fifth-year senior, finished without an assist for the first time since Feb. 28, 2020, at UCLA. It was just the third zero-assist game of her career, with two of those against OSU. … With three steals, Sherrod moved into fifth place on CU’s career list, with 252. … The Buffs’ Aaronette Vonleh just missed a double-double (10 points, nine rebounds).

No. 17 Oregon State 65, No. 4 Colorado 59

OREGON STATE (20-3, 9-3 Pac-12)

Hunter 1-7 2-2 5, Marotte 2-4 2-2 7, Beers 6-11 0-1 12, von Oelhoffen 6-10 3-4 18, Rees 0-4 0-0 0, Shuler 0-0 0-0 0, Hansford 3-7 4-5 11, Paurova 0-1 0-0 0, Gardiner 4-7 0-0 12, Heide 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 11-14 65.

COLORADO (20-4, 10-3 Pac-12)

Sherrod 5-13 3-4 14, Formann 3-8 1-1 8, Miller 1-6 1-2 3, Vonleh 4-13 2-4 10, Nolan 2-4 0-0 5, Sadler 2-7 0-0 4, Smith 2-3 0-1 4, Wetta 0-2 1-2 1, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, McLeod 0-1 0-0 0, Whittaker 4-7 0-0 8. Totals 24-65 8-14 59.

Oregon State               17        27        16        5          –           65

Colorado                     8          16        14        21        –           59

3-point goals – OSU 10-21 (Gardiner 4-5, von Oelhoffen 3-4, Hansford 1-5, Hunter 1-3, Marotte 1-1, Rees 0-3), Colorado 3-10 (Sherrod 1-3, Formann 1-2, Nolan 1-1, Miller 0-1, Sadler 0-1, Smith 0-1, Whittaker 0-1). Rebounds – OSU 36 (Beers 12), Colorado 37 (Vonleh 9). Assists – OSU 18 (Hunter, Beers 4), Colorado 13 (Sadler, Wetta 4). Steals – OSU 4 (4 players with 1), Colorado 12 (Sadler 4). Turnovers – OSU 14, Colorado 10. Total fouls – OSU 18, Colorado 16. Fouled out – None. Attendance – 6,740.

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