BOULDER, Colo. — Frida Formann hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:36 left in overtime to lead the Colorado Buffaloes to a 77-72 upset win over No. 1 Stanford on Sunday.
Peanut Tuitele blocked Lexi Hull’s 3-point attempt that would have tied it at with a second left to give Colorado its first win over a top-ranked team in program history. It also ended a 16-game losing streak to the Cardinal after a couple of close calls last season.
It was the second consecutive season that Stanford lost to an unranked team as No. 1,
Mya Hollingshed had a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Buffaloes (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12).
Stanford (11-1, 8-1) led 70-69 after Hull split a pair of free throws. Formann, a freshman, hit a shot from the top of the arc to put the Buffaloes ahead for good.
It was 74-72 when Hull stole the ball from Hollingshed, but Anna Wilson missed a layup with 5 seconds left. Tuitele made one of two free throws, setting up the final seconds.
Hull finished with 19 points, Haley Jones had 16 points and seven rebounds and Cameron Brink scored 13 for the Cardinal.
Colorado had a chance to win it in regulation but Jaylyn Sherrod missed two free throws that would have given the Buffaloes the lead with 57 seconds. Her steal and layup with 23 seconds left tied it and sent the game to overtime.
Lesila Finau’s driving layup with 3:39 left in the third quarter gave Colorado a 46-45 lead, its first of the game.
Hull’s 3-pointer gave Stanford a 53-51 lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Buffaloes wouldn’t go away. Hollingshed scored seven straight points to put Colorado ahead 61-57 with 6:33 left. The Cardinal scored six straight points and Hollingshed tied it with a turnaround baseline jumper tied it heading into the final four minutes.
Stanford: The Cardinal will fall from the top of the rankings, and things won’t get easier with a matchup with No. 8 UCLA on Friday night.
Colorado: The Buffaloes seem to always be ready for the Cardinal. They nearly beat Stanford twice last season and have been in competitive in most games in recent history. They didn’t wilt in final minutes.