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What went right?: The Buffs shared the ball and didn't give up many easy baskets. They had 18 assists on 24 field goals.

What went wrong?: CU gave up 13 offensive rebounds. Without them, this one would have been an even larger blowout.

Star of the game: Freshman Lauren Huggins came off the bench to knock down five 3-pointers for the Buffs.

What's next?: The Buffs host No. 14 Arizona State at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Colorado freshman Lauren Huggins has a high-arching, rainbow of a 3-point shot and each time she let one go Friday night against Arizona it seemed to end in a splash of nylon.

The Buffs have been in need of improved perimeter shooting and found themselves needing more scoring from the bench in light of another injury Friday. Huggins filled both voids perfectly in Colorado's 68-47 victory over Arizona at the Coors Events Center.

The Buffs snapped a four-game losing streak and earned just their second victory in Pac-12 Conference play this season. It is their first victory since Jan. 5 when they were still ranked among the top 12 teams in the nation.

Arizona remained winless in the conference (0-7) and fell to 4-14 overall. CU improved to 12-6, 2-5.


"It feels great to be back on the winning track," CU coach Linda Lappe said. "I liked how we responded in the second half. We were up 11 and we really challenged our team to push the lead. I liked how we were the aggressors in the second half, especially and our offense started to really click."

For the second time in five games, CU announced before tip-off it had lost a starter for an indefinite period of time to injury. Point guard Lexy Kresl, who started the first 16 games this season, is out with a right leg injury.

Lappe learned earlier this month that she would be without starting guard Jasmine Sborov, who has a fractured foot, until some time in mid-February or later. Kresl and Sborov were Lappe's starting guards in the first 15 games this season before Sborov's injury.

Huggins had been 2-for-16 in 3-point shooting in Pac-12 play prior to Friday. She finished the game 5-for-8 behind the arc with 15 points. Her fifth triple gave the Buffs a 20-point lead with just under 8 minutes remaining in the game.

Huggins said she had a talk with Lappe and several of her teammates earlier in the week and they encouraged her to play with confidence and believe in herself. She hadn't scored in double figures since the South Alabama game Nov. 29.

"I kind of hit a slump, but knowing that my teammates back me 100 percent and being able to go out there and knock down big shots when we needed it as well as help the rest of my team out felt great," Huggins said.

Huggins served as the perfect complement to junior forward Jen Reese, who had her smooth, almost-effortless-looking jump shot working well. Reese tied her career high with 22 points and set a new career mark with eight field goals made.

"It was very important to get this win so we were back on track," Reese said. "It came down to mental toughness, hustle plays and us focusing and getting back to our toughness as a team."

The Buffs led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but Arizona persisted and trimmed the lead to three points early in the second half. Candice Warthen led the Wildcats with 14 points, but Arizona made only 34.6 percent of its shots and committed 20 turnovers.

Arizona also didn't get many stops after halftime. CU made 71 percent of its shots in the second half.

"We out-rebounded them for a long time, but it just came to us turning the ball over too much," Arizona coach Niya Butts said. "We gave the ball right back to them."

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