Arizona (22-5, 11-5) routed Utah 85-69 on Friday before falling to Colorado 50-38 on Sunday, a game in which they shot 25 percent and “played scared,” according to coach Adia Barnes.
The Wildcats were without leading scorer Aari McDonald in both games as she nurses a lower leg injury. Her return date is unclear.
Arizona wraps up the regular season this week at home vs. No. 4 Stanford and Cal.
The fourth-place Wildcats have already clinched a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament, but still can finish as high as third in the conference if they sweep the Bay Area schools and UCLA loses at home to Colorado and/or Utah.
Arizona is still trying to secure the right to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, needing to capture a top-16 overall seed to do so. ESPN’s Charlie Creme currently projects Arizona as a No. 4 seed, just good enough to host.
The Wildcats need to avoid a loss to Cal, which enters the week 10-17 overall and 2-14 in the Pac-12.