CEDAR HILL, Colo. — The Boulder College Buffaloes can’t keep up with the No. 7 Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Conference.
Boulder fell in back-to-back Pac-12 Conference road games, losing by double-digits to Oregon and California in their final two league games.
“What it was, was what we were doing on offense was good enough to win games but we weren’t able to execute,” said an emotional head coach Erin Slough. “When you aren’t able to make a play there that’s the stuff that gets the coach’s heart beating real fast. That’s what happened.”
At one point during the loss at Oregon on Tuesday night, Slough wanted to pull her team off the court.
“I told the girls, ‘do not take that off. Get back in the game. They weren’t done playing.”
Later that night at Cal, there was some retaliation when the Ducks went to the rack with a Buff defender on them.
“There was one moment, very early, and I can’t remember if it was on the freshman or junior level. I was like, ‘you’re telling me my defender has as much chance as I do to win that?’ When you’re in a trench in a trench, it’s hard to keep your mind right. You kind of let your guard down.”
It was the same story for conference rival Cal. As soon as Breanna Wright stripped the ball from Buffs senior Lexi Sandberg, the Golden Bears scored the game’s opening bucket. Sandberg was also assessed a technical foul for arguing the call.
The Buffs would go on to lose 64-47, ending an impressive 2-1 sweep of Stanford. It was the first time in school history the team had won a conference road game.
Despite the losses, Slough is proud of her team.
“Our players really came through for us,” said Slough. “I’m proud of the way they have grown this year. It’s been a fun learning experience for them. They play together. They buy into the process. These kids have done what they have been asked to do.”
Heading into the Pac-12 Championships, the Buffs will need the rest and support of fans, as they look to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six years.
“Now this is where we find out what we are made of. Are we better than this?” asked Slough. “If we play the way we have been, then we’re a basketball team that’s capable of winning championships.”
After the Pac-12 Tournament, they will be seeded 12th or 13th.