Reese Scores 22 In Colorado's 68-47 Win Over Arizona

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The junior out of Clackamas, Oregon hit a career-high eight field goals

Colorado women's basketball turned Arizona over 20 times and held the Wildcats to 34.6 percent shooting en route to a 68-47 victory.

"It feels great to get back on the winning track," said head coach Linda Lappe after her team snapped a four-game losing streak. "I liked how we responded in the second half. We were up 11 and we really challenged our team to push the lead. I liked how we came in and were the aggressors in the second half."

With Jasmine Sborov still sidelined with a broken foot and Lexy Kresl out of the lineup with a leg injury, Jen Reese shouldered a large scoring load. The junior out of Clackamas, Oregon poured in 22 points on 8-of-13 from the field.

"She's a really special player," said Lappe. "When we recruited her we thought she was kind of like Kevin Love. I like to think she's a little like Larry Bird - she probably doesn't put it on the floor like Larry Bird used to but she just finds a way to get things done. She takes charges, she dives on the floor, she gets rebounds."

Colorado took a 29-22 lead into the locker room, relying on Reese and Huggins' soft touch from the field for 18 of the team's 29 total first-half points.

The Wildcats cut the Colorado lead to three early in the second half, but Colorado responded with a 7-0 run to put the lead back at 10. Then Reese and Huggins and Brittany Wilson stretched the CU lead to 21 to put the game away. Overall, Colorado shot 71.4 percent from the field in the second half.

In addition to Reese's 22 points (tied for a career-high), Huggins notched 15 points (all off three-pointers), and Brittany Wilson scored 12 points, while dishing out nine assists.

Colorado faces No. 14 Arizona State Sunday afternoon. The Sun Devils are coming off a hard-fought 65-62 victory over Utah in Salt Lake City.

Player of the Game

Jen Reese - Reese's jumper is so effortless - and it looks the same every time she shoots the ball. She'll need another strong effort from the field on Sunday against a solid Arizona State team.

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