Signs pointed to Sunday being a bad day for the Colorado women's basketball team.

The 21st-ranked Buffaloes were able to recover, however, and knock off host Arizona State, 71-63, at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.Jen Reese had a career-high 22 points, Arielle Roberson added 16 and Chucky Jeffery (12 points, 10 rebounds) posted another double-double as Colorado (20-5, 9-5 Pac-12) reached the 20-win mark for the second year in a row. It's the first time the Buffs have hit that milestone during the regular season since doing so in 2003-04.

"What (20 wins) signifies is that we've been able to do this year what we haven't been able to do in the past and that's win games in a row and string wins together," CU head coach Linda Lappe said after the game on AM-760 radio. "To win two road games (in a single weekend) is a huge milestone for our club. We did not do that at all last year. You've got to like the way we've matured. I feel like we have great leadership on the floor and off the floor.

"It also shows how we can get through adversity. To string wins together, you're going to have some adversity in some of those wins and we've been able to get through adversity and stick with it and find enough to win at the end of the game."

CU certainly had some adversity on Sunday.

Lexy Kresl suffered an injury to her right shoulder less than 5 minutes into the game and didn't return. The Buffs were unclear after the game how severely she was hurt. She sat on the bench throughout the second half with her right arm in a sling.

"It sounded like it subluxed; it popped out briefly and came back in," Lappe said. "I don't think it's anything too serious, but who knows? It was serious enough for her not to be able to play and she's a tough kid and she doesn't go out easily."

In addition to losing Kresl, the Buffs had a miserable start, falling behind by as many as 12 points against the Sun Devils (11-15, 3-11), who have now lost seven in a row.

"We definitely weren't in sync," said Roberson, who had eight rebounds, on AM-760. "When they applied pressure we didn't respond well and that resulted in turnovers. In the second half we cleaned that up very well."

CU had six turnovers during the first 8:30, but had just four turnovers during the final 31 minutes of the game, including just two after halftime. After making nine of 32 shots in the first half, the Buffs made 15 of 32 in the second half. They also held ASU to 30 percent shooting after intermission (nine of 30).

"In the second half, we were much more aggressive," Lappe said. "We were composed and we played together really, really well and we didn't let little things faze us."

ASU scored the first four points of the second half to match its biggest lead, 39-27. It was still a 10-point advantage, 48-38, when Micaela Pickens converted a three-point play for the Sun Devils with 14:02 to play.

From that point, the Buffs got things together.

Jeffery hit a bucket and Roberson added a 3-pointer. That sparked a 16-1 run that gave CU a 54-49 lead.

ASU pulled within 66-63 on a Arnecia Hawkins 3-pointer with 42.9 seconds left, but CU went 5-for-6 at the free-throw line during the final 40 seconds, including 4-for-4 by Reese.

Reese, who also had eight rebounds, broke her previous career high of 16 points, against Utah Valley on Dec. 22.

Notable

Jeffery posted the 28th double-double of her career. It was her fourth double-double in the last five games. ... Reese averaged 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds during two-game set in Arizona. ... CU has won five in a row, its longest conference win streak since winning six in a row from Jan. 13-Feb. 4, 2004. ... ASU, which came in as the lowest-scoring team in the Pac-12 during conference play (54.8 per game), had 35 in the first half. It was just the seventh time all season the Buffs gave up 35 in a half. ... CU gave up 60 points for just the seventh time this season. The Buffs have yet to allow 70 points. ... CU had 44 points in the second half, its highest-scoring half since scoring 44 in the first half against Weber State on Dec. 17, 2011. ... CU had its five-game streak of at least 10 steals snapped. The Buffs finished with eight steals. ... CU had its lowest number of turnovers (10) in a conference game since having eight at Missouri on Feb. 26, 2011.

Fast break

What went right

CU's front court came to play and really led the Buffs to a gutsy win. Forwards Jen Reese, Arielle Roberson and Jamee Swan and center Rachel Hargis combined for 52 points and 27 rebounds.

What went wrong

The Buffs had a bad first half and fell behind by 12 early in the second half. CU also lost starting guard Lexy Kresl to a shoulder injury.

Star of the game

Reese. For the second game in a row, Reese was outstanding. She scored a career-high 22 points, hitting seven of 10 shots and going 8-for-8 at the free throw line. She also had eight rebounds.

What's next?

CU will host Washington State on Friday.

No. Colorado 71, Arizona State 63

COLORADO

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Roberson 35 4-12 5-7 4-8 1 2 16

Hargis 23 2-6 1-1 4-7 1 2 5

Kresl 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2

B Wilson 17 1-7 0-0 1-2 1 4 2

Jeffery 39 5-14 0-0 3-10 4 1 12

A Wilson 13 1-1 1-3 2-3 2 3 3

Sborov 17 0-2 0-1 1-3 2 2 0

Reese 28 7-10 8-8 1-8 2 2 22

Weston 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Swan 15 3-7 3-6 3-4 4 2 9

Totals 200 24-64 18-26 23-50 17 20 71

Percentages: FG .375, FT .692.

3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Roberson 3-7, Jeffery 2-3, B. Wilson 0-1, Weston 0-1, Kresl 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 5.

Blocked Shots: 5 (Jeffery 2, Swan 2, Roberson).

Turnovers: 10 (Jeffery 3, B. Wilson 2, Hargis 2, Reese 2, Swan).

Steals: 8 (A. Wilson 2, Hargis 2, Weston, Swan, B. Wilson, Jeffery).

Technical Fouls: None.

ARIZONA STATE

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Fulcher 24 5-9 4-7 1-4 0 3 14

Burke 26 0-5 1-2 5-10 1 5 1

Pickens 20 3-5 1-3 1-2 2 0 8

Amukamara 30 5-12 2-2 2-3 4 3 14

Thomas 30 4-9 6-9 3-6 2 0 14

Hawkins 18 1-4 0-0 1-3 1 3 3

Barrett 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Purkovic 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Davis 11 1-6 0-0 0-0 2 1 2

Videckis 16 2-4 0-0 0-3 0 5 6

Normen 17 0-0 1-2 0-2 1 0 1

Totals 200 21-55 15-25 14-35 13 21 63

Percentages: FG .382, FT .600.

3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Videckis 2-4, Amukamara 2-5, Pickens 1-1, Hawkins 1-4, Burke 0-1, Fulcher 0-2, Davis 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 2.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Burke 2, Pickens, Fulcher).

Turnovers: 13 (Videckis 4, Hawkins 2, Amukamara 2, Purkovic, Davis, Normen, Burke, Pickens).

Steals: 8 (Amukamara 3, Burke, Hawkins, Barrett, Davis, Fulcher).

Technical Fouls: None.

Colorado 27 44--71

Arizona St. 35 28--63

A -- 1,419.

Officials -- Anita Ortega, Alejandro Moreno, Lorena Ahumada.