SAN ANTONIO -- Freshman guard Lexy Kresl hit a 3-point basket at the buzzer to lift Colorado to a 52-49 win over Creighton on Wednesday afternoon. The victory in the UTSA Holiday Classic at the Convocation Center leaves CU with a perfect 11-0 record.

Only the 1992-93 CU women's team, which started 15-0, went into conference play unbeaten. The Buffs' next game is their Pac-12 opener at Utah on Dec. 31.

Forward Jen Reese had a personal-best 15 points along with a team-high eight rebounds against Creighton. Kresl, who also scored 15 points, added six rebounds. Both Kresl and Reese were named to the all-tournament team.

"It feels great," Kresl said. "I'm really proud of Jen stepping up too. I always wanted to be an impact player immediately and I'm just glad I've been able to do it."

Tuesday's game was CU's toughest to date with nine ties and five lead changes. Colorado missed its first seven shots and faced its largest deficit of the season right out of the gate and Creighton built a 7-0 lead.

Chucky Jeffery finally put Colorado on the scoreboard with a long jumper at the top of the key at the 15:30 mark. Kresl then hit her first 3-pointer to quickly get CU back to 7-5.

Creighton extended its early lead back to seven as a McKenzie Fujan jumper gave the Bluejays a 12-5 advantage. From there, the Buffaloes started clamping down. Brittany Wilson kicked off a 7-0 CU run with a 3-poitner. The Buffaloes then tied the game at 12-12 on a Julie Seabrook layup.


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In the closing minutes of the first half, Colorado gained its first lead when Kresl scored four straight points. First she tied the game on a coast-to-coast layup and scored on a pull up jumper in transition to give CU a 19-17 lead. The Buffaloes took that same margin into the locker room at 23-21.

Creighton opened the second half in almost carbon copy fashion, a Jordan Garrison 3-pointer sparked a 7-0 run as the Bluejays rebuilt a 28-23 lead.

Colorado answered with a 9-0 run to take a 32-28 lead, but Carli Tritz and the Bluejays were not done. Creighton started to press Colorado, and the Buffaloes struggled with it to the tune of 20 turnovers. Tritz nailed a 3-pointer to give Creighton back the edge and a Nelson floater put the Bluejays up 39-36.

From there it was Reese's turn to shine. The former two-time Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year picked a perfect time for her first career 3-pointer. She added another mid-range jumper to cap a personal 7-0 run for a 41-39 lead with 7:39 remaining.

"Jen stepped up in the second half and hit some key shots," CU head coach Linda Lappe said. "She did a good job executing throughout the game. She really gave us a spark."

The Buffaloes extended their lead to 47-41 late, but the Bluejays had one more comeback. Jasmin Corbin hit a 3-pointer with 3:52 left to cut the lead in half. After a Jeffery miss, Tritz cut the lead to one.

Tritz then evened the game at 49 with a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left. Colorado had a timeout available, but chose not to use it. Jeffery brought the ball down and dribbled to the right. With nothing open on that end, she came back to the top of the key and found Kresl wide open on the left wing for the game-winner from 25-feet.

"It means a lot that Chucky had the confidence in me to take the last shot," Kresl said. "I just got down the floor and tried to stay wide because I knew we needed a shot. We were going to run a play originally, but we kind of got confused, so I just got to a spot and I was wide open."

Jeffery finished with 13 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals. Wilson and Seabrook each dished out three assists.

Meanwhile, as a team, the Buffs are one of just eight unbeaten women's teams in the nation.

Colorado 52,

Creighton 49 CREIGHTON(49)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Moore 29 2-4 0-0 2-2 4 3 6

Nelson 32 2-7 1-1 2-2 4 0 7

Jensen 28 0-8 0-4 0-0 4 1 0

Tritz 38 6-13 2-3 4-4 3 1 18

Garrison 22 1-6 1-6 0-0 4 1 3

Fujah 18 3-3 1-1 0-0 0 2 7

Corbin 16 1-1 1-1 0-0 1 0 3

Akin-Otiko 8 1-4 0-1 0-0 1 0 2

Kamphaus 9 1-2 0-0 1-1 2 1 3

Totals 200 17-48 6-17 9-9 26 9 49

Assists (12): Tritz 5, Nelson 3, Jensen 2, Garrison, Fujan.

Steals (13): Garrison 4, Moore 2, Corbin 2, Nelson, Jensen, Tritz, Fujan, Akin-Otiko.

Turnovers (15): Moore, Nelson 2, Tritz 4, Garrison, Fujan 4, Corbin 2, Akin-Otiko.

Blocked shots (1): Tritz

COLORADO (52)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

M.Mlclm-Pk 27 0-1 0-1 0-2 3 2 0

Seabrook 34 1-6 0-0 1-1 4 2 2

Hargis 17 1-3 0-0 0-0 3 2 2

Kresl 30 6-11 2-6 1-1 6 3 15

Jeffery 34 5-10 2-3 1-2 5 0 13

B.Wilson 32 2-7 1-4 0-0 1 2 5

Reese 26 6-9 1-2 2-2 8 0 15

Totals 200 26-62 3-12 12-16 54 16 67

Assists (14): M. Malcolm-Peck, Seabrook 3, Kresl, Jeffery 5, B. Wilson 3, Reese.

Steals (6): Kresl, Jeffery 3, B. Wilson, Reese.

Turnovers (20): Seabrook, Hargis, Kresl 3, Jeffery 8, B. Wilson 4, Reese 3.

Blocked shots (2): Jeffery, B. Wilson.

Halftime score: Colorado 23-21.

Technical fouls -- None.

Attendance -- NA.