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Buffaloes Stomp Cougars, 72-51

Colorado puts in inspired performance

Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado ran away with it early and beat Washington State comprehensively in their 72-51 victory over the Cougars.

"I thought everyone contributed... I thought everyone was ready to do their job," said Coach Linda Lappe on her team's performance.

Colorado built up a large lead in the first half capped off by a buzzer-beating lay-up by Jen Reese to put the Buffs up 41-20. Colorado only committed six turnovers in the first half, an area of the game which Lappe's Buffaloes have struggled in throughout the season.

Reese led the Buffs in scoring with 14 points.  Lexy Kresl added 12 points, and freshman Alina Hartmann scored a season-high 11 points.

"We stepped up as a team, and because my teammates had my back I was able to perform like this," said Hartmann.

The Buffs led by committee in the scoring department, and the team put an equally impressive performance on the defensive side of the ball limiting Washington State to 32.8% shooting from the field.

"We win that game because we defend, and we rebound. It's really pretty simple," said Lappe.

The 21 point margin is the Buff's largest Pac-12 victory of the season, and it lifts their record to 11-13 overall and 4-9 in the Pac-12.  Colorado's next game is against Washington on Sunday.