Playing in her home state with her team desperately in need of a win, Colorado junior Jen Reese produced one of the best games of her career Monday night in a 81-75 win at Oregon.
Reese hit a key shot with less than a minute remaining to give the Buffs the lead for good. She finished the game with 18 points and 13 rebounds leading one of the Buffs' most complete games from start to finish in Pac-12 Conference play.
Seven different players scored at least eight points and CU dominated Oregon in rebounding, grabbing a season-best 54 rebounds against the Ducks, who have the nation's leading rebounder on the roster in Jillian Alleyne. The Buffs held the nation's highest scoring team 20 points below its scoring average.
"Just our overall mentality was different from the very start of the game," Lappe said during her postgame interview on KKZN (AM 760). "We wanted to get back to defense and rebounding and just being a blue collar team and worrying about what we can control."
The win snapped a four-game losing streak on the road for the Buffs who improved to 14-9 overall and 4-8 in conference play.
CU did a particularly effective job on Oregon's two best players. Lappe credited senior captain Ashley Wilson for limiting the nation's highest scoring freshman, Oregon guard Chrishae Rowe, to 23 points on 19 field goal attempts.
"Ashley frustrated her all night long," Lappe said.
CU also stopped Alleyne from getting her 21st double-double of the season. Alleyne finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.
"We wanted to key on those two players and just have great efforts on those two players and I thought we did," Lappe said during her radio interview.
The Buffs won despite committing 20 turnovers, but only five of them came after halftime.