Washington State tops No. 13 Colorado women, stuffing the Buffs with a 14-0 run to end the game

BOULDER. Colo. (AP) — Eleonora Villa scored 20 points, Astera Tuhina added 14 points and Washington State closed with a 14-0 run to beat 13th-ranked Colorado 72-63 on Saturday in the Pac-12 season finale for both teams.

Bella Murekatete and Tara Wallack each scored 12 points for the Cougars (18-13, 7-11).

Jaylyn Sherrod scored 18 points, shooting 11 for 12 from the foul line but just 3 of 16 from the field for Colorado. Aaronette Vonleh scored 15 points, Frida Formann 10 and Quay Miller grabbed 10 rebounds for the Buffaloes.

Vonleh’s layup with 2:56 left put the Buffaloes ahead 63-58 but they never scored again. Villa made a 3-pointer and shot 3 of 4 from the foul line in the final 21 seconds and scored six of WSU's final 14 points.

The loss was Colorado’s (21-8, 11-7) first to an unranked team this season. The Buffaloes started the season ranked No. 20 and established overwhelming high hopes beating defending champion LSU 92-78 in Las Vegas. The Buffaloes rose to as high as No. 3 in the rankings on three occasions but now find themselves limping into postseason play having lost five of their last six games.

Washington State continues to turn the tide heading to postseason play with its third win in its last five contests following a five-game losing streak, three of which were against ranked teams. The Buffaloes were ranked sixth when they beat the Cougars 63-57 one month ago in Pullman, Washington, to start the Cougars' five-game skid.

Both teams play again Wednesday to start the conference tournament in Las Vegas.

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