Kresl opens on fire in debut for CU women In the minutes following her collegiate debut on Friday, Colorado's Lexy Kresl kept hearing about some school record she tied.

She had no idea what people were talking about. All she knew was that she was on fire -- for a half anyway.

"I was definitely feeling my shot," she said after scoring 15 points in the Buffaloes' 84-60 rout of Northern Arizona at Coors Events Center in women's basketball.

Kresl did all of her scoring in the first half, tying a school record for 3-pointers in a half with five.

Sophomore Brittany Wilson was rather impressive, too, tying her career-high with 22 points and notching a career-best five steals.

"It's always fun for a season opener at home with our own fans," Wilson said. "We wanted to pick up where we left off last year and include our other four freshmen in it."

The Buffs, who won six of their last nine games last season, got off to a solid start to this season, using a good mix of veterans and newcomers.Chucky Jeffery came off the bench to score 11 points and dish five assists, while Rachel Hargis and Julie Seabrook -- the team's only senior -- scored nine points each. Freshman Jen Reese had a good debut, with eight points.

"I'm pleased with how our team did tonight," head coach Linda Lappe said. "I thought we got a lot better from our (exhibition) game with Regis in a lot of different areas."

Kresl put on quite a show early. She became the sixth player in school history to drain five 3-pointers in a half. She finished 5-for-8 from the floor -- all from 3-point range.

"I wish it would have continued into the second half, but I knew we needed a pick-up, so I used my energy to try to get the team going and that was in my shot," Kresl said.

Just the second player in school history from Arizona -- and the first in 34 years -- the Paradise Valley, Ariz., product was certainly motivated against the Lumberjacks.

"I knew Lexy was going to play well against Northern Arizona," Lappe said. "I know she knows a lot of those players that are playing there. She, more so than the rest of our players, had a little bit of a personal challenge as far as making sure our team came out successful against Northern Arizona. I wasn't surprised that she had a great game at all."

With Kresl sparking the team early, CU rolled to a 31-point lead in the first half. The Buffs took a 20-point lead just 11 minutes in and UNA never got its deficit under that mark the rest of the way.

"We didn't play as well as I think we could have played," Lumberjacks coach Laurie Kelly said. "We came out very timid. My credit goes out to Colorado. They came out, set the tone, and played great team basketball."

Amanda Frost led UNA with 18 points, while Amy Patton had 15.

The Buffs had seven players score at least seven points. They did it by hitting long-range shots, driving for layups and dumping the ball inside to Seabrook, Hargis and Reese.

"We were pretty versatile in what we did tonight offensively," Lappe said.

The defense wasn't as consistent, but Lappe said, "For the most part, I'm really, really happy with the outcome and the progress that our team made this week."

Colorado 84, N. Arizona 60

NORTHERN ARIZONA (60)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Pratt 29 2-9 0-4 0-0 5 0 4

Davis 17 0-1 0-0 0-0 5 4 0

Gortarez 18 0-0 0-0 5-5 0 2 5

Patton 32 6-14 3-7 0-2 6 2 15

Haynes 27 1-4 1-3 0-0 1 1 3

May 14 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 0

Smith 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Anderson 9 2-4 0-0 1-1 2 1 5

Trice 22 4-7 0-0 2-2 4 2 10

Frost 29 6-16 5-11 1-2 1 5 18

Batson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Team 9

Totals 200 21-56 9-25 9-12 34 20 60

Assists (10): Patton 4, Trice 2, Gortarez, Haynes, Anderson, Frost.

Steals (11): Pratt 3, Frost 3, Patton 2, Gortarez, May, Trice.

Turnovers (29): Patton 9, Trice 4, Haynes 3, Pratt 3, Davis 3, May 2, Anderson 2, Frost 2, Gortarez.

Blocked shots (2): Davis, Trice.

COLORADO (84)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Seabrook 23 4-4 0-0 1-1 3 1 9

Hargis 18 4-7 0-0 1-2 3 3 9

B. Wilson 32 7-13 2-6 6-8 1 1 22

A. Wilson 18 3-4 0-0 1-2 3 4 7

MM-Peck 22 1-5 1-4 0-0 2 0 3

Kresl 21 5-8 5-8 0-0 5 2 15

Lee 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Sborov 17 0-3 0-1 0-0 2 1 0

Jeffery 24 5-6 0-0 1-2 3 2 11

Reese 24 3-6 0-0 2-3 2 2 8

Team 4

Totals 200 32-56 8-19 12-18 28 16 84

Assists (13): Jeffery 5, A. Wilson 4, B. Wilson 3, Reese.

Steals (16): B. Wilson 5, Sborov 3, Reese 3, Seabrook 2, A. Wilson, Kresl, Jeffery.

Turnovers (17): B. Wilson 5, Sborov 3, Jeffery 3, A. Wilson 2, Seabrook, M. Malcolm-Peck, Kresl, Lee.

Blocked shots (4): Hargis, M. Malcolm-Peck, Kresl, Jeffery.

Halftime score: Colorado 44, Northern Arizona 20.

Technical fouls -- none.

Attendance -- 4,109.

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