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BOULDER -- This probably wasn't the day Colorado figured it would have to show its mental toughness in the closing minutes.

The Buffs passed the unexpected test with high marks, however.

Chucky Jeffery scored seven of her career-high 30 points in the final three minutes, leading the Buffaloes to a 68-59 come-from-behind win over Idaho on Sunday afternoon at Coors Events Center.

"We realized they were in this game with us and we couldn't continue to play how we were playing because we allowed them to stick around until the last three minutes," said Jeffery, who also had 10 rebounds to notch her third consecutive double-double. "It teaches us how to keep our composure when things aren't particularly going our way, especially down the stretch. They kept coming back and coming back and that last four minutes, we just knew this was it. We had to bear down and we did.

"That was huge, especially for us being a young team and some of us not being in those situations before."

Off to its first 7-0 start in 18 years, CU had blown away everybody before Sunday. Their first six wins each came by at least 10 points. Idaho (2-6) certainly wasn't expected to give the Buffs much of a challenge, either. The Vandals came to play, though.

CU's biggest lead was just nine -- at the end of each half.

"Idaho is well-coached," CU head coach Linda Lappe said. "They did a great job of keeping us off guard in terms of switching up their defenses and not letting us get comfortable in any one thing.

"I thought Idaho did a fantastic job and they played really hard."

In addition to playing solid defense, the Vandals scored 20 points off CU turnovers, rebounded well early and hurt the Buffs defense with 30 points in the paint.

This was the second straight game in which Lappe said the defense "let us down at times."

Jeffery agreed, saying CU's lackluster defense was a big reason Idaho had a chance to win.

"We were kind of letting them hang around because our defense just was not there tonight," she said. "That can hurt us come conference (play). We know we have to play defense for 40 minutes and not just four."

Those four minutes were quite good, however. CU took a timeout with 3:44 to play, trailing 57-56. Julie Seabrook nailed a pair of free throws as soon as the timeout was over to put the Buffs back in the lead.

Thirty seconds later, Idaho's Ganeaya Rogers sank a layup to put the Vandals ahead 58-57. Those were the final points for Idaho, however.

"We came out of that timeout and we knew we had to buckle down and you could see it in everybody's eyes as soon as we stepped on the floor," Jeffery said. "We were denying, we were pressuring and they didn't score. We created havoc that last four minutes, and they didn't like it."

Offensively, Jen Reese put the Buffs in the lead for good with 2:49 to go, and then the Buffs nailed 6-of-8 free throws in the final 2:14.

"I think it's more fun (than) beating teams by 30 because you have the adrenaline rush and you know you have to win," said Reese, who had 10 points. "We all played together those last three minutes as a team and it was great."

It may not have been how the Buffs envisioned this one playing out and it may not be the prettiest game for coaches to review on film. But, in the end, Lappe was pleased to see something new from her team.

"That was the first time we got to see our team in a close game situation and I really liked what I saw," she said.

Colorado 68, Idaho 59

IDAHO (59)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Charlston 31 4-12 1-1 3-3 8 5 12

Shiels 23 4-5 0-0 1-2 4 1 9

Graham 32 3-7 0-1 0-0 7 3 6

Arendse 37 3-11 2-5 5-6 5 1 13

Rogers 36 1-10 0-1 0-1 2 3 2

Barr 18 5-14 1-7 1-2 5 1 12

Weiks 15 1-3 0-0 3-3 3 2 5

Walters 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0

Team 5

Totals 200 21-62 4-15 13-17 39 18 59

Assists (9): Rogers 6, Shiels, Arendse, Weiks.

Steals (6): Rogers 3, Barr 2, Shiels.

Turnovers (11): Shiels 3, Rogers 3, Arendse 2, Charlston, Weiks, team.

Blocked shots (2): Charlston, Shiels.

COLORADO (68)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

MM-Peck 28 3-9 1-6 1-2 4 1 8

Seabrook 32 2-5 0-2 3-6 10 2 7

Hargis 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 2 0

A. Wilson 10 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0

Jeffery 40 10-17 4-5 6-7 10 1 30

Kresl 25 2-9 1-5 0-0 3 1 5

B. Wilson 29 2-10 2-6 2-4 6 4 8

Sborov 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Reese 24 4-9 0-0 2-2 6 2 10

Team 5

Totals 200 23-63 8-24 14-21 48 14 68

Assists (12): B. Wilson 4, Jeffery 3, Malcolm-Peck 2, Seabrook, A. Wilson, Reese.

Steals (4): Jeffery 3, Reese.

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

Blocked shots (4): Kresl 2, Seabrook, Jeffery.

Halftime score: Colorado 42, Idaho 33.

Technical fouls -- none.

Attendance -- 1,992.

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