LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a disappointing performance down the stretch in losing to USC on Friday, Colorado women's basketball coach Linda Lappe emphasized that her team needed to reach down and respond with more focus against UCLA.
And her team did just that as No. 12 Colorado overcame a second-half deficit and outmuscled UCLA in the final minutes to win 61-59 Sunday.
"I like how we responded today after a tough loss on Friday," said Lappe. "We had good stretches and made great passes and got stops.
"We came out and moved the ball better and got everyone touches," she added. "Our whole demeanor was better today."
Jen Reese scored 15 points and Jasmine Sborov added 11 to lead Colorado (11-2, 1-1 Pac-12).
UCLA led 52-43 with 6:17 to play but couldn't hold the lead. The Buffaloes outscored the Bruins 18-7 down the stretch to seal the win.
Thea Lemberger and Luiana Livulo each missed close shots for the Bruins in the final seconds and Colorado held on for the victory.
Reese made 5 of 12 shots for the Buffaloes and Sborov grabbed eight rebounds. Jamee Swam added nine points and nine rebounds for Colorado.
Reese's basket with 1:54 to play gave Colorado a 55-54 lead. Brittany Wilson hit two free throws in the final 15 seconds to provide the margin of victory for the Buffaloes.
Nirra Fields led UCLA with 23 points and Atonye Nyingifa scored 13 points for the Bruins (7-8, 1-2). Lemberger added 10 points and Livulo had nine rebounds. It was Fields' 6th time this season in which she has scored 20 or more points in a game.