CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Chucky Jeffery notched her 12th career double-double and a late spurt allowed Colorado to pull away for a 71-58 road win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday night at the American Bank Center.
Jeffery scored 16 of her team-best 19 points in the second half and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds.
"We went in at the half and said we need to take care of business on the boards, they were getting a lot of offensive rebounds. Coach Lappe told me to rebound, so that's what I did," said Jeffery.
The Buffaloes also had 13 points off the bench from freshman Jen Reese on 6-of-9 shooting.
“Whether she is going to score or not, she makes
a difference out there. That’s how Jen can play every single game; she brings
it when we need it. ” said Colorado Head Coach Linda Lappe.
The win moves Colorado to 2-0 on the season and also provides the Buffaloes with their fourth straight win on the road dating back to the end of the 2010-11 season.
“It takes a lot of toughness and team chemistry
to win on the road. You don’t do it by having everybody on their own page,”
Jessica Jammer had a game-high 22 points to lead the Islanders who fall to 0-2 overall.
CU’s Ashley and Brittany Wilson both scored early layups as the Buffaloes were pushing well in transition to build an 8-2 lead.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi would cut the lead to 9-8 on a Jammer jumper. The Buffs front court, sporting a considerable size advantage, fell to early foul trouble. Rachel Hargis and Julie Seabrook each picked up two fouls in a two minute span, and sat the majority of the rest of the period on the bench.
After a media timeout, freshman Lexy Kresl scored on a layup which sparked an 11-4 Buffs run. Meagan Malcolm-Peck drilled a 3-pointer at the top of the key, Reese scored on a conventional 3-point play and Kresl scored from deep to put CU up 20-12. Off an A&M-Corpus Christi miss, Jeffery nabbed one of her eight first half rebounds and found Brittany Wilson in the clear for an easy layup, giving CU its largest lead to that point at 22-12.
Jammer kept the Islanders close scoring nine points in the first period including 5-of-7 from the free-throw line. Jammer was Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s best offense as the Islanders were held to 24 percent shooting.
Jeffery hit her lone field goal of the first half with a runner in the key as the Buffaloes led 33-26 at the break.
CU made just one of its first six field goals in the second half and A&M took advantage. Jammer scored six points and a arching baseline jumper gave A&M-CC its first lead at 39-38.
But CU responded well with a 7-0 run. Kresl pushed the tempo enough to get to the free throw line. After tying the score at 39, she missed the second attempt, Jeffery grabbed the initial board and missed her put-back chance, but Seabrook cleaned it up to put the Buffs back up 41-38.
Colorado pushed its lead to eight at 55-47, but the Islanders cut it down to five with 6:29 off 3-point play by Jammer.
That is as close as A&M-Corpus Christi would get as the Buffaloes ended the game with a 17-5 run. Jeffery scored four straight points and after a pair of Trish Amboree free throws, Kresl drilled a 3-pointer to put CU up double-digits for good at 63-52 with 3:43 left.
Brittany Wilson had 10 points and four rebounds. Malcolm-Peck finished with seven points and six rebounds. The Buffaloes, which trailed on the boards for most of the game, finished on the positive end at 53-48.
Myeisha Myles had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Islanders, who shot just 29 percent on the evening.
Colorado continues nonconference action by traveling to play Colorado State on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. MST at Moby Arena in Fort Collins.