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Colorado Gets First Pac-12 Win Over Utah 77-72

Lexy Kresl scores season-high 26 points in victory

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Linda Lappe thought her team had turned a corner last time out against UCLA, and with a 77-72 overtime victory over Utah that might just be the case.

"It feels good to get that one. I liked how are team came out tonight," said Coach Linda Lappe.

The win marks the Buffs' first Pac-12 of the season after four defeats to open conference play.  The game was also the fourth overtime game of CU's season.

Lexy Kresl played a large part in steering the Buffs to victory with 26 points, and she helped the Buffs keep turnovers low, which has been a problem for CU in previous conference games.

Colorado's bench contributed more than it has in recent games with freshmen Zoe Correal, Alina Hartmann and Brecca Thomas all playing significant minutes. Thomas scored 11 points and her solid play allowed Kresl to rest in the first half

"It really was a team win; everyone had a huge part in that one," said Lappe.

CU had control of the game for most of the night, but Utah made a late push to send the game into overtime.  Taryn Wicijowski scored a game-high 29 points.

Colorado will match up against the Utes again on January 18 when the Buffs make their trip to Utah.