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Colorado moves to 6-5 in the Pac-12
Strong beginnings to both the first and second halves sparked Colorado women's basketball to a 61-47 win over Oregon State.
Chucky Jeffery led the way for the Buffs with 22 points. Jeffery also recorded a double-double, grabbing 11 boards. Oregon native Jen Reese also finished in double figures, totaling 10 points.
"It's important to take care of the home court," said Jeffery. "We've been working on being enthusiastic and encouraging each other and I think that helped a lot especially coming off a good road win against USC."
Early on, it looked like the Buffs might run away with the game, as Colorado scored the game's first nine points. But the Beavers battled back, closing the gap to five by the end of the first half.
Much like they did in the first half, the Buffs came out of the locker room for the second half on fire. Jeffery knocked down a jumper to begin a half, and knocked down a three from the top of the key on the following possession. By the time the Beavers registered their first points of the second half, the Buffs had already extended their lead to ten.
OSU's freshman sensation Jamie Weisner kept the Beavers in the game with 20 second half points. Weisner hit a layup and got fouled by Brittany Wilson to cut the deficit to seven with just 1:45 remaining. However, the Buffs would finish the game strong from the free-throw line. Colorado got to the line 39 times, while the Beavers only shot seven foul shots.
The win sends the Buffs to 6-5 in the Pac-12, and into sole possession of fifth-place in the conference. Current-fourth place holder Washington has been a benefactor of an easy schedule. With the tough portion of their schedule out of the way, the Buffs should feel good about their chances of capturing fourth-place, and the all-important first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament.
Last place Oregon visits Boulder on Sunday for a 1:30 tip.
CU's win ties their Pac-12 win total from the 2012 season... Colorado is now 4-1 all-time against Oregon State... Chucky Jeffery recorded her 26th career double-double and her sixth of the season... Jeffery moved into 10th place all-time in scoring with 1,505 career points...