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Colorado Outplays Wyoming, 76-71

Without starting point guard Kresl, CU manages victory over Wyoming

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Colorado fought their way to a tough 76-71 victory over Wyoming despite missing their starting point guard Lexy Kresl due to an injury.

According to Coach Linda Lappe, hustle plays propelled the Buffs to victory, "we capitalized on momentum plays, and I like the way that we finished the game."

Brecca Thomas and Jasmine Sborov filled in at the point.  Thomas finished with nine points and Sborov had 11.

"I thought Brecca Thomas did a nice job coming in and leading our team from the point guard position," said Lappe.

The high-scoring affair saw four Buffs score in double digits and two Wyoming players finish with over twenty points.  Jamee Swan led the Buffs with 17 points, all of which she scored in the second half.  Swan didn't start, but she left her impact on the game down the stretch.

"Our bench was a big impact on the energy in the second half. We, as a team feed off the energy that we have on the bench," said Swan.

Alina Hartmann also contributed 7 points in 22 minutes for the Buffs off of the bench.

Marquelle Dent and Kayla Woodward led Wyoming with 24 and 22 points, respectively.  Wyoming had a chance to claw back into the game late, however missed layups for Wyoming and made free throws for the Buffs helped Colorado to the victory.

Jasmine Sborov's senior leadership and hustle plays also contributed to several pivotal plays in the game.  With seven minutes left, and the Buffs down five; Sborov dove on the floor for a loose ball and called a timeout.  Colorado then went on a 6-0 run that helped them gain the lead and momentum for the remainder of the game.

"That's leadership, that's what seniors do," said Lappe about Sborov's late game play.

Jen Reese scored 15, including all of CU's opening 10 points, and Haley Smith added 10 for the Buffaloes.

The victory puts Colorado at 7-3 with one remaining non-conference game against Long Beach State on December, 29.