Posted: Dec 21, 2013 1:48 PM
Updated: Dec 21, 2013 1:48 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Shoni Schimmel had a season-high 30 points and Bria Smith added 13 as No. 7 Louisville handed No. 11 Colorado its first loss of the season with a 69-62 win Saturday.
Lexy Kresl led Colorado with 17 points. The loss ended Colorado's streak of 33 straight victories in nonconference, regular-season games.
Jen Reese, wearing a protective mask after breaking her nose in practice this month, added 14 points and 14 rebounds for Colorado (9-1).
A layup from Colorado's Brittany Wilson closed the gap to 65-62 with 24 seconds left. Schimmel, who was 13 of 16 from the free-throw line, made two free throws and a layup to close out Louisville's fifth straight win and improve to 12-1.
Kresl had nine of the Buffaloes' first 12 points and her 3-pointer gave Colorado its first lead, 8-5. Louisville rallied and went ahead 16-12 on a three-pointer by Schimmel.
On two straight possessions, Asia Taylor twice completed a three-point play after being fouled while making a layup, bolstering Louisville's advantage to 22-16 midway through the first half.
Jude Schimmel's two straight layups closed out the first half to give Louisville a 33-29 lead at the break.
The game remained close throughout the second half, with no team leading by more than five points until Louisville broke it open with a 7-0 run to go up 53-46.