Colorado women's basketball took to the road Saturday afternoon, defeating the New Mexico Lobos 85-53, earning their 28th consecutive victory over a non-conference regular season opponent.
"I liked our versatility and the way that we played together on the offensive side," head coach Linda Lappe said in a postgame interview on AM-760. "When you have that many players who can drive, who can score, pass, and see the open player, you become a really tough team to guard."
Offensively, Colorado was led by Jen Reese, starting in place of Arielle Roberson, who suffered a concussion in Wednesday night's win over Iowa. Reese scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and grabbed seven rebounds.
The Buffs began the game on fire from beyond the arc. Reese, Jasmine Sborov, Ashley Wilson, and Lauren Huggins teamed up to knock down five of Colorado's first six three-point field goal attempts. Lappe was disappointed in her team's defensive intensity in the first half, but the Buffs still led at the half 42-28, mostly on the heels of their stellar (8-of-12) three-point shooting.
Lexy Kresl, who in her first two seasons in Boulder was primarily a perimeter threat, has continued to expand her game. Seeing a lot of time at the point guard position, Kresl scored 13 points (only three of which came off of a three-point shot), dished out five assists, while only conceding one turnover.
Redshirt Freshman Lauren Huggins continued her sharpshooting, knocking down four treys for 12 points Saturday afternoon. Sborov also finished in double figures, with 11 points, all of which came in the first half.
Filling in admirably for Roberson was Jamee Swan. Swan finished with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
"When you lose one key player like Arielle, it's a chance for other players to step up," said Lappe. "I think the best thing out of this game was that Jamee Swan finally found her rhythm. She finally relaxed on the floor - not right away - but as the game went along she just settled in and did what we saw her do towards the end of last season."
Colorado returns home next Friday for the Omni Hotels Classic. The Buffs take on South Alabama in the first round of the tournament at 7:30.
Colorado moves the ball so unselfishly on the offensive end of the court. CU finished with 19 assists on 30 field goals... This is Colorado's seventh straight win on the road... In their last 40 games spanning back to 2011-12, Colorado is 32-8 in their last 40 games - their only losses have come at the hands of Stanford (thrice), California (twice), UCLA, Oklahoma State, and Kansas... Lappe said she expected Roberson to return to the lineup Friday...
Player of the Game
Jen Reese - Reese did just about everything well Saturday afternoon. She hit the three (2-of-2), had great touch around the basket, grabbed seven boards, and even blocked two shots.