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Why the Buffs won: They kept their composure late, played solid defense throughout the night and hit some big shots when needed.

Three stars:

1. CU’s Maddie Nolan: Had a season-high 20 points, including six 3-pointers.

2. CU’s Aaronette Vonleh: Finished with only 10 points offensively, but had seven rebounds and a steal.

3. Washington’s Lauren Schwartz: Scored 18 points and hit all four 3-point attempts.

Up next: CU will host Washington State on Saturday at 1 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).

Colorado didn’t dominate in its return home, but the No. 13 Buffaloes found something it had been sorely missing: a victory.

Maddie Nolan got hot from 3-point range early and the Buffs had just enough in the tank late to hold off Washington 68-62 on Thursday night at the CU Events Center.

CU (21-7, 11-6 Pac-12) snapped a four-game losing streak and kept slim hopes alive for a top-four seed – and first-round bye – for next week’s Pac-12 Tournament.

“I was just really excited to win again,” said Nolan, who went 6-of-7 from beyond the arc and had a season-high 20 points. “After the game, I was jumping around and I was like, ‘Guys, we won!’ The season is so long and you get so caught up in different things and then the losses, it can be hard, but just remembering to celebrate every win, whether it’s against a top-five team or whoever. So just excited to be back in the win column, for sure.”

Brian Howell

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