PULLMAN, Wash. -- Down 11 points with 11 minutes to play, Colorado women's basketball coach Linda Lappe called a timeout.

Her team got an earful during that break.

Then, the Buffaloes rallied. Controlling play during the final 11 minutes, CU stormed back to knock off Washington State 57-56 on Saturday at Beasley Coliseum.

"I think we just really didn't want to lose," freshman Lexy Kresl said on AM 760 radio after the game. "We realized we still could do it and I think we started to pull together more. We realized what they were leaving open and we were exploiting their weaknesses."

Meagan Malcolm-Peck hit a free throw with 12.5 seconds left to provide the winning point and the CU defense stepped up to hold off Washington State in the final possession.

CU (13-1, 2-1 Pac-12) avoided a second straight loss and handed Washington State (9-7, 3-1) its first defeat in conference play.

Freshman Jen Reese had her first career double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds). Chucky Jeffery and Julie Seabrook just missed double-doubles. Jeffery had 12 points and nine rebounds, while Seabrook had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Colorado trailed at halftime for the first time all season, 24-23. Washington State, led by Jazmine Perkins, added to the lead in the early stages of the second half. A Perkins bucket gave the Cougars their biggest lead, 46-35, at the 11:04 mark.

That's when Lappe called a timeout. She yelled at several players, including junior point guard Chucky Jeffery, who had just given up an offensive rebound.

"Chucky can take that," Lappe said. "I'm really proud of her by how she handled it and how she came back in and she settled down. It gave her teammates confidence and she had confidence."

After that timeout, CU outscored the Cougars 22-10 the rest of the way, including 7-0 in the final 2:30. Washington State didn't make a single field goal in the final 5:20.

Despite that, Washington State led 56-50 with 2:30 to play. Jeffery and Kresl then hit back-to-back shots to pull the Buffs within two. Then came the highlight of the game for the Buffs.

With 37 seconds left and the shot clock winding down, Kresl spun around and hit a jumper to tie the game at 56.

"It was supposed to be a drive by Chucky and if she couldn't get it, then she would kick it to me," Kresl said. "But, I didn't really have the shot, so I just kind of did what I could to get open."

After the defense got a stop, Malcolm-Peck went 1-for-2 from the line to give the Buffs their first lead since early in the second half. A jumper from Washington State's Jazmine Perkins was off the mark at the buzzer.

The Buffaloes won despite having an off night of shooting. They finished with a season-worst one 3-pointer on 13 attempts. Kresl, who had hit a 3-pointer in every game, went 0-for-5 beyond the arc on Saturday.

"Our 3 was not going for us tonight," Lappe said. "We couldn't hit an outside shot, so we had to get some stuff to the rim. I felt like our players really understood what we needed in order to score, they really understood what we needed defensively. I think that was a definite something we got better at from the Washington game to this game. Everybody stepped up and did their part."

CU suffered its first loss of the season on Thursday at Washington, but wound up with an important split on the trip.

"It was depressing when we lost because we were on a winning streak," Reese said. "Going into this game we knew we had to make a statement and forget about the past. I don't think we played together against Washington and I think we played really well today as a team."

Notable

CU held Washington State scoreless for a stretch of 7:13 in the first half. The Buffs also had a first-half stretch of 7:55 without a field goal of their own. ... Seabrook, a senior who had never had back-to-back double-digit scoring games before this trip, now has three in a row. While CU struggled with 3s, so did Washington State, going 1-for-10. ... The Buffs had a 53-40 edge in rebounding, the 12th time this year they've won that battle. ... The Buffs tied a season high with 22 turnovers. ... Perkins led the Cougars with 15 points and six rebounds.

Colorado 57, Wash. St. 56

COLORADO (57)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Seabrook 29 4-8 1-1 2-2 9 4 11

Hargis 14 1-2 0-0 2-7 2 2 4

Kresl 30 3-9 0-5 0-0 4 4 6

MM-Peck 27 2-8 0-4 2-4 6 4 6

Jeffery 35 3-11 0-1 6-7 9 1 12

B. Wilson 22 1-5 0-2 2-2 2 3 4

A. Wilson 15 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 1 2

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

Reese 27 6-7 0-0 0-0 12 4 12

Team 7

Totals 200 21-52 1-13 14-24 53 23 57

Assists (7): Jeffery 2, Reese 2, Malcolm-Peck, B. Wilson, A. Wilson.

Steals (2): Hargis, Kresl.

Turnovers (22): Reese 5, Jeffery 4, B. Wilson 4, Kresl 3, A. Wilson 2, Seabrook, Hargis, Malcolm-Peck, Team.

Blocked shots (3): Hargis, Malcolm-Peck, Reese.

WASHINGTON STATE (56)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Romberg 19 1-12 0-3 1-2 5 0 3

Noyes 26 2-7 0-0 0-1 3 1 4

Cook 15 1-8 0-1 1-1 2 0 3

Presley 11 0-2 0-0 5-6 2 4 5

Perkins 27 5-11 1-2 4-7 6 3 15

Adzasu 29 4-8 0-1 1-1 3 5 9

Grad 16 1-4 0-1 0-0 5 0 2

Tarnowski 21 0-1 0-1 2-2 2 3 2

Dheensaw 5 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 4

Thomas 22 2-11 0-1 5-6 3 0 9

Potter 9 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 0

Team 6

Totals 200 18-71 1-10 19-26 40 20 56

Assists (5): Adzasu 2, Cook, Perkins, Tarnowski.

Steals (14): Adzasu 6, Perkins 3, Romberg, Noyes, Presley, Dheensaw, Potter.

Turnovers (9): Adzasu 3, Perkins 2, Noyes 2, Romberg, Dheensaw.

Blocked shots (4): Romberg 2, Noyes, Perkins.

Halftime score: Washington State 24, Colorado 23.

Technical fouls -- none.

Attendance -- 463.