BOULDER, Colo. – The Idaho women's basketball team battled for the full 40 minutes, but came up short of its first win of the 2012-13 season, falling to Colorado 70-65 on Sunday afternoon.
Stacey Barr's 3-pointer with 16 second left made it a 3-point game, but the Buffaloes (1-0) sealed the game from the free-throw line. The loss drops Idaho to 0-2 on the season after falling to Wyoming in the season-opener on Friday.
Colorado led by as many as 11 points in the game and 10 midway through the second half before Idaho made it close for the final six minutes. Idaho cut the lead to one with two and a half minutes left, at 61-60 on a layup from Ali Forde, but Colorado scored the next seven points to go ahead 68-60 in the final 20 seconds. Two free throws from Alyssa Charlston and Barr's three-pointer made it a one possession game before Colorado clinched the victory in its season-opener.
"As disappointed as I was in Friday's effort, we had the effort we needed and then some tonight," Idaho coach Jon Newlee said. "We had a great practice last night and really came out and competed. We battled and competed and had a good shot to win this basketball game. We'll keep getting better."
Four Idaho players scored in double figures, led by 16 points from junior Alyssa Charlston on 5-of-8 shooting. Sophomore Stacey Barr had 15 points, hit 3-of-8 3-pointers and added a game-high nine rebounds. Freshman Connie Ballestero added 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting and sophomore Krissy Karr scored 10. Freshman Christina Salvatore scored seven points and added four rebounds and a game-high four assists.
In addition to her 15 points and nine rebounds, Barr drew three offensive fouls against Colorado and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in 22 minutes off the bench.
"She got a wake-up call by not starting and played the way she usually plays," Newlee said. "That's the Stacey Barr we're used to seeing. Everybody played hard tonight, I'm proud of them."
The Vandals shot 35 percent from the field for the game, hitting 22-of-63 shots including 8-of-26 (31 percent) 3-pointers. Colorado shot 41 percent from the field and hit 5-of-14 3-pointers. The Vandals committed 19 turnovers, leading to 19 points for Colorado, while turning 18 CU turnovers into 20 points. Idaho hit 13-of-16 free throws in the game.
Colorado dominated on the boards, out-rebounding Idaho 46-37 and 16-14 on the offensive end, aiding its 15-9 advantage in second-chance points. The Buffaloes also outscored Idaho 32-20 in the paint and 8-0 on the fast break.
Colorado's Brittany Wilson scored a game-high 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting and an 8-for-8 performance at the free throw line. Arielle Roberson added 16 points for the Buffaloes.
Idaho's starting lineup consisted of three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior, as Forde, Salvatore and Ballestero all got the starting nod.
Idaho returns to action for a three-game home-stand, beginning with its home-opener against Portland on Nov. 16. The Vandals also host Montana on Nov. 18 and Eastern Washington on Nov. 27.