CU women's basketball schedule
Nov. 6 - CU 78, Regis 40, exhibition
Nov. 11 - CU 84, Northern Arizona 60
Nov. 16 - CU 71, Texas A&M 58
Nov. 20 - CU 72, CSU 53
Nov. 25 - CU 60, Valparaiso 32
Nov. 26 - CU 58, Wisconsin 48
Nov. 30 - CU 84, San Francisco 66
Dec. 4 - CU 68, Idaho 59
Dec. 8 - CU 71, Denver 36
Dec. 17 - CU 77, Weber State 59
Dec. 20 - CU 67, Texas-Pan American 49
Dec. 21 - CU 52, Creighton 49
Dec. 31 - CU 58, Utah 52
Jan. 5 - Washington 75, CU 67
Jan. 7 - CU 57, Washington State 56
Jan. 12 - California 68, CU 55
Jan. 14 - Stanford 80, CU 54
Jan. 19 - Arizona 64, CU 43
Jan. 22 - CU 56, Arizona 54
Jan. 26 - CU 69, USC 67
Jan. 29 - UCLA 62, CU 54
Feb. 2 - Oregon State 65, CU 45
Feb. 4 - Oregon 67, CU 62
Feb. 9 - CU 69, Arizona 59
Feb. 11 - Arizona State 60, CU 47
Feb. 18 - Utah 61, CU 56, OT
Feb. 23 - Stanford 68, CU 46
Feb. 25 - CU at California, 3 p.m.
Mar. 1 - Oregon at CU, 6:30 p.m.
Mar. 3 - Oregon State at CU, 4 p.m.
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Colorado did its best to hang in with the No. 2 team in the county.
Stanford was simply too much for the CU women's basketball team on Thursday night, rolling to a 68-46 win at Maples Pavilion.
The Buffs' biggest loss of the night, however, might have come 93 seconds into the game.
Freshman forward Jen Reese fouled a Stanford player, but in the process injured her left eye and did not return. After the game, in a postgame interview on KVCU AM-1190, head coach Linda Lappe said Reese's injury could be serious.
"She's at the hospital," Lappe said just minutes after the game. "She might have a fracture in one of her orbital bones. She got kicked in the face, basically, when she was trying to take a charge and can't really see straight."
Reese, who scored the Buffs' first two points of the game, provides them with good scoring punch and has been CU's top rebounder in Pac-12 play.
"I think that's a big shock to our team," junior guard Chucky Jeffery said on KVCU. "Jen is very dynamic and she brings a lot. I think she's just a great asset to our team, so that's going to hurt us for sure (if she misses more time)."
CU (16-10, 5-10 Pac-12) certainly could have used her Thursday. Stanford (25-1, 16-0) extended its winning streaks to 22 overall, 77 at home and 73 against conference opponents.
Jeffery had her first double-double in Pac-12 play (13 points, 13 rebounds) and her sixth of the year, but Stanford's Ogwumike sisters dominated, combining for 41 points and 18 rebounds. Nnemkadi Ogwumike, a senior who is a national player of the year candidate, had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points and seven boards. The two of them pounded the Buffs in the paint.
"Once the ball gets into one of the sisters' hands, you know it's going up," Jeffery said. "Once they got the ball in, it's kind of hard to get the ball from out of there."
In addition to missing Reese, CU forwards Meagan Malcolm-Peck and Rachel Hargis had three first-half fouls, while forward Julie Seabrook had two. Starting guard Brittany Wilson also had three first-half fouls.
Even with that adversity, CU hung with the Cardinal for most of the first half. CU took advantage of 15 first-half turnovers by Stanford, which came in averaging 12.4 per game.
With 3 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first half, Jeffery hit a bucket that pulled the Buffs within 21-18. Held to a season-low two points against the Cardinal on Jan. 14, Jeffery had eight points in the first half Thursday.
"I thought we came out and we played one of the best first halves we've played in a long time," Jeffery said. "We were going toe-to-toe with them, we were being aggressive."
After that bucket, however, CU scored two points in the next 10:28. Stanford closed the half on a 5-0 spurt and began the second half with a 19-2 run to turn the game into a rout. Stanford stretched its lead to 59-24 with 9:37 to play.
"I thought we battled for the entire game," Lappe said. "We couldn't score coming out of the second half. Stanford really packed it in and didn't let us get to the rim. We didn't shoot the ball well at all and to be able to be in the game at halftime, that was our No. 1 goal. We wanted to come out strong at the beginning of the second half, but I'm really proud of how we fought."
Lexy Kresl and Ashley Wilson added nine points for the Buffs and Jasmine Sborov had six, but the absence of Reese was huge.
"We have to be full strength against Stanford," Lappe said.
Stanford's starters outscored CU's starting five, 59-17. ... Malcolm-Peck was held scoreless for the third straight game and for the fourth time in five games. She has five points in the last five games combined. ... Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer improved to 699-148 as Cardinal head coach. ... The Buffs were 8-for-12 at the line, while Stanford was 27-for-33. ... The Cardinal had just four second-half turnovers. ... Jeffery's 13 rebounds were the most she's had in a game since posting 16 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 16. ... The Buffs were held below 60 points for the 11th time in Pac-12 play and below 50 for the fourth time.