CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Road games used to be near impossible for Colorado's women's basketball team to win.

Now the Buffs are getting the hang of this travel thing.

On Wednesday night, CU defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 71-58 at the American Bank Center. Dating back to last season, it was CU's fourth straight road win, its longest road win streak since a six-game streak in 2003-04.

"It takes a lot of toughness to win on the road and it takes a lot of team chemistry and it takes a lot of togetherness to win on the road," CU head coach Linda Lappe said. "Our team showed a lot of toughness when we needed to tonight. We've really learned what it takes."

Junior Chucky Jeffery and freshmen Lexy Kresl and Jen Reese were sensational in helping the Buffs (2-0) snap a 17-game skid in the state of Texas.

Jeffery came off the bench again, but still recorded 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, posting her 12th career double-double. She also had five assists and a career-high five blocks. Jeffery is the first Buff to record at least 16 rebounds in a game since Erin Scholz had 17 on Jan. 6, 1995.

"They had a lot of offensive rebounds and that's how they were staying in the game with us, by rebounding," Jeffery said. "Coach told me when I get in the game I need to rebound, and that's what I did."


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Kresl, who had 15 points in her collegiate debut on Friday, had 11 on Wednesday, as well as five rebounds. Reese finished with 13 points and five rebounds, giving the Buffs a huge inside presence with starters Rachel Hargis and Julie Seabrook on the bench for much the night with foul trouble. Hargis and Seabrook combined to play just 31 minutes.

"Jen did an awesome job tonight, rebounding, finishing under the basket and taking control," Jeffery said. "For a freshman, that's big."

Although the score indicates an easy win, it was far from that. A pair of free throws by Jessica Jammer with 8 minutes, 8 seconds to play pulled the Islanders (0-2) within 49-47.

Reese and Jeffery, however, sparked an 18-5 run over the next 5-plus minutes that gave CU its biggest lead, 67-52.

CU got off to a great start, taking an 8-2 lead, but the offense went cold after that. During a stretch of 4:47, the Buffs had just one point, while the Islanders pulled within 9-8.

The Buffs had a brief 10-point lead in the first half, but the Islanders stayed within single digits most of the night. CU trailed just once, at 39-38, for about seven seconds.

"We lost the lead in the second half for the first time, and that's kind of the point where you can sometimes go down hill, but I never saw a change in our players' expressions," Lappe said. "We didn't get rattled, which I thought was huge. We stepped up and made plays when we needed to make plays."

Notable

CU's last win in Texas came on Jan. 7, 2004, at Baylor. ... Prior to their current win streak, the Buffs had lost nine straight true road games. ... The Buffs had the same starting lineup -- Ashley Wilson, Brittany Wilson, Meagan Malcolm-Peck, Julie Seabrook and Rachel Hargis -- for the second game in a row. ... Jeffery led the team with 36 minutes played. ... Nine Buffs played, with eight of them scoring. ... The Buffs out-rebounded the Islanders 53-48. ... CU's next game is Sunday at Colorado State.

Colorado 71,

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 58 TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI (58)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Montgomery 18 1-2 0-0 1-2 9 1 3

Anderson 20 2-9 0-2 1-2 2 3 5

Myles 31 5-14 0-0 0-3 9 3 10

Amboree 20 1-5 1-2 2-2 0 0 5

Taylor 36 3-14 1-7 2-2 5 3 9

Roberts 18 1-5 0-1 0-3 2 4 2

Jammer 26 6-13 0-2 10-13 6 1 22

Huff 16 0-4 0-0 0-0 4 2 0

Vega-Vega 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 4 1 2

Gregory 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Team 6

Totals 200 20-69 2-14 16-27 48 18 58

Assists (5): Montgomery, Anderson, Amboree, Taylor, Huff.

Steals (5): Myles 2, Taylor 2, Montgomery.

Turnovers (13): Taylor 2, Roberts 2, Jammer 2, Huff 2, Vega-Vega 2, Montgomery, Myles, Amboree.

Blocked shots (4): Montgomery 2, Myles, Huff.

COLORADO (71)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

MM-Peck 32 3-7 1-4 0-2 6 0 7

Seabrook 17 2-4 0-1 0-0 7 4 4

Hargis 14 0-1 0-0 3-4 1 3 3

B. Wilson 30 4-15 0-4 2-5 4 5 10

A. Wilson 11 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 4

Kresl 32 4-11 2-7 1-2 5 2 11

Sborov 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Jeffery 36 7-17 0-2 5-6 16 3 19

Reese 25 6-9 0-0 1-2 5 3 13

Team 8

Totals 200 28-67 3-18 12-21 53 22 71

Assists (12): Jeffery 5, B. Wilson 2, M. Malcolm-Peck, Hargis, A. Wilson, Kresl, Sborov.

Steals (5): Seabrook 2, A. Wilson, Kresl, Jeffery.

Turnovers (11): Jeffery 5, Seabrook 3, Kresl 2, B. Wilson.

Blocked shots (8): Jeffery 5, M. Malcolm-Peck, Hargis, Reese.

Halftime score: Colorado 33, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 26.

Technical fouls -- None.

Attendance -- 931.