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Nirra Fields scored a game-high 23 points but Colorado defeated the Bruins 61-59.

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
No. 12/14 Colorado Thwarts UCLA's Upset Bid, 61-59
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  01/05/2014

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LOS ANGELES -- Jen Reese scored 15 points and Jasmine Sborov added 11 to lead No. 12/14 Colorado to a 61-59 victory over UCLA on Sunday night in Pauley Pavilion.

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 (11-2, 1-1 Pac-12) and Sborov grabbed eight rebounds. 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 had her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Bruins (7-8, 1-2).

Colorado held a 42-38 advantage on the glass and is 11-0 this season when outrebounding its opponent.

After Colorado took a 13-8 lead following a 3-pointer by Sborov, UCLA went on 7-0 run to take its first lead of the game. Colorado rallied over the final five minutes of the half to recapture the lead. The Buffaloes outscored the Bruins 17-5 down the stretch and held UCLA to one basket over the final 6 minutes of the half.

Reese led the Colorado scoring surge late in the first half as she tallied six straight points for the Buffaloes. Wilson's basket just before the buzzer gave Colorado a 30-22 halftime lead.

Sunday's contest was UCLA's fifth game this season against a Top-25 team. The Bruins are 1-4 in those games.

UCLA returns to action next weekend as they travel to the Arizona schools. The Bruins will be in Tucson, Ariz., for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off at Arizona on Jan. 10. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 LA and Pac-12 Arizona.

Colorado at UCLA

  1 2 F
Colorado 30 31 61
UCLA 22 37 59


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