For the first time this season, the Colorado women's basketball team was presented with a make-or-break moment.

Four fouls, a technical and a series of free throws by Wisconsin -- all within about a minute -- threatened CU's mettle.

Rather than let that frustrating series of events ruin them, the Buffaloes rallied to beat the Badgers 58-48 on Saturday night in the Omni Hotels Classic championship game at Coors Events Center.


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"I thought we lost our composure for about a minute and a half to two minutes in the first half when we were fouling a little bit too much and we got a little bit emotional there," CU head coach Linda Lappe said. "But, we regained our composure, and I think that's important."

From the start, Wisconsin (2-5) challenged CU like no other team has this year, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Buffs from their first 5-0 start since the 2000-01 season -- when Lappe was a sophomore -- and their third straight Omni Classic title.

"It's huge," said junior Chucky Jeffery, who had the 12th double-double of her career and was named tournament MVP for the second straight year. "It's our own tournament, so we know we have to come in and we have to be ready for anything."

Jeffery finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Lexy Kresl scored a career-high 16 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

CU has won all five games by double digits, but this one wasn't as easy as the others.

A bucket by Ashley Wilson pulled the Badgers within 37-30 four minutes into the second half. CU responded to that with a 9-0 run to push the lead to 46-30. The Badgers, who were never able to score more than six points in a row, didn't threaten after that.

"Even when you don't have the run (on offense), you can't let them get a run," Kresl said. "That was our main focus, I think, was not to let them go on shooting sprees."

That was never more crucial than late in the first half. CU led 19-12 when it appeared Wisconsin's offense had a shot-clock violation. No whistle was blown, however, and when CU coaches argued, they were hit with a technical foul.

Taylor Wurtz, who led the Badgers with 13 points, hit both free throws. During the following minute CU was whistled for four fouls and Wisconsin hit three free throws to pull within 19-17.

CU fought through that and responded with a 12-4 run to open a 10-point lead. Wisconsin kept battling, physically and on the scoreboard, but CU kept its composure the rest of the way.

Colorado’s Julie Seabrook snags a rebound on Saturday, Nov. 26, during a basketball game against the University of Wisconsin at the Coors Event
Colorado's Julie Seabrook snags a rebound on Saturday, Nov. 26, during a basketball game against the University of Wisconsin at the Coors Event Center on the CU campus in Boulder. For more photos of the game go to www.dailycamera.com Photo by Jeremy Papasso ( JEREMY PAPASSO )

"I love physical games, because it hypes everything up," Jeffery said. "You bring more energy. I think it's good for us to face physical teams, especially early on, because that's an emulation of what we're going to see in (Pac-12 play). Then we know how to respond to it and keep our composure."

The Buffs did that and, once again, played solid defense to earn their 15th overall title at the Omni Classic.

"We love to protect our home court," Lappe said. "We have to have a lot of pride when we're on our home floor. It's always nice when you can win and it's always kind of one of our first times that we can win a championship in the year. To win the Omni Classic, I think, is important."

Colorado 58, Wisconsin 48 WISCONSIN (48)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Thomas 37 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 2

Covington 25 4-9 0-0 1-2 4 3 9

Davis 32 3-9 2-5 2-2 4 4 10

Wurtz 38 3-12 1-3 6-8 7 1 13

Paige 21 0-4 0-3 2-2 0 5 2

Supernaw 1 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0

Smith 22 2-4 2-2 0-0 2 1 6

Gorman 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Gulczynski 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Rochel 16 3-5 0-0 0-0 3 3 6

Team 5

Totals 200 16-48 5-14 11-14 27 18 48

Assists (5): Wurtz 2, Covington, Paige, Smith.

Steals (7): Wurtz 4, Davis 2, Thomas.

Turnovers (13): Davis 5, Covington 2, Wurtz 2, Paige 2, Team 2.

Blocked shots (3): Thomas, Covington, Rochel.

COLORADO (58)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Seabrook 21 1-1 0-0 0-0 3 2 2

Hargis 33 4-9 0-0 0-1 7 2 8

Kresl 28 3-5 2-3 8-8 4 1 16

MM-Peck 28 2-8 0-5 0-0 8 1 4

Jeffery 40 4-17 0-4 6-8 11 2 14

B. Wilson 25 4-12 2-7 0-0 2 2 10

A. Wilson 13 0-0 0-0 0-0 4 0 0

Reese 12 1-4 0-0 2-2 4 3 4

Team 3 1

Totals 200 19-56 4-19 16-19 46 14 58

Assists (8): Jeffery 3, Hargis 2, Malcolm-Peck 2, A. Wilson.

Steals (7): Hargis 2, Kresl 2, Seabrook, B. Wilson, Reese.

Turnovers (14): Jeffery 4, B. Wilson 3, Hargis 2, Kresl 2, Malcolm-Peck, A. Wilson, Reese.

Blocked shots (4): Jeffery 2, Malcolm-Peck, A. Wilson.

Halftime score: Colorado 31, Wisconsin 23.

Technical fouls -- Colorado bench.

Attendance -- 2,168.