Shelomi & Co. Handed Unexpected Loss as UCLA Triumph Over Colorado in Closely Fought Contest in a Sold Out Game

Published 01/20/2024, 12:23 AM EST

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The Colorado Buffs WNBA team has been enjoying a winning streak for a while now. But alas No. 3 Colorado’s winning streak hit a roadblock as they lost 68-76 to the No. 5 UCLA women’s basketball team on Friday.

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The game delivered Colorado their first conference loss as they fell 5-1 in the Pac-12. The home game at the CU Events Center in Boulder saw an unfortunate loss as Colorado fell short of 8 points to maintain their winning streak. The other heartbreaking part of the loss is that this particular game is a sold-out game with 11,338 spectators marking the first sellout since 1995.” 

Though freshman Shelomi didn’t get to play in the match, it was still a huge letdown for her. None of the Sanders clan Coach Prime, Pilar, or Shedeur Sanders could be there to support their youngest. The home game at the CU Events Center in Boulder saw an unfortunate loss as Colorado fell short of 8 points to maintain their winning streak.

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The last matchup between Colorado and UCLA marked the 24th meeting between the two leading women’s basketball teams. UCLA takes the series lead with 15-7 although they lost the 2023 season game to Colorado 70-73. But this season, they delivered their skills as they rendered Shelomi Sanders and Colorado 15-2 (5-1 in Pac-12).

Colorado vs. UCLA – The game

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It was a truly intense game as both teams struggled for separation in the game. Initially, the odds seemed to be in the favor of the Buffs as they led the first half 35-32. UCLA guard Charisma Osborne scored 13 points right before halftime. The game ended with a 60-point tie before the final quarter. But it was in the last quarter that UCLA shone. 

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The Bruins managed to overcome the early 9-point deficit with Osborne scoring a game-high 22 points while Lauren Betts brought 20 points pulling down 12 rebounds to deliver Colorado their first loss at home. In the aftermath of the game, CU head coach JR Payne said, “How about 11,000 people showing up for these guys? Obviously really proud of a lot of things we did, but very, very disappointed and frustrated with our rebounding because I do think that determined the outcome of the game.

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Up next, Colorado will face Southen Cal. at home this Sunday while UCLA faces No. 20 Utah on Monday. Tune in for more updates!

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