Colorado’s Lexy Kresl hit a three-pointer as time expired to help the Buffaloes stay perfect and defeat the Creighton women’s basketball team 52-49 in the championship game of the UTSA Holiday Classic Wednesday night at the Convocation Center on UTSA’s campus. Carli Tritz had just tied the game with a three-pointer and only 15.8 seconds left, but Colorado improved to 11-0 with the buzzer-beating victory.
Tritz scored a game-high 18 points and led the Jays with five assists and was honored on the all-tournament team for her 16 point average at the event.
Creighton, which led by as many as seven points in the first half, was down six with 4:50 to play, but a three-pointer from Jasmin Corbin made the score 47-44 in favor of Colorado with 3:52 to play. After a Tritz lay-up made the score 47-46, the Buffaloes got a tough inside bucket from freshman Jen Reese to extend their lead back to three with just under two minutes to play.
Tritz missed a lay-up with 1:28 left, but a steal by Sarah Nelson with 46 seconds left gave the Bluejays the ball and a chance to tied the score. And CU did just that, following a timeout called by head coach Jim Flanery, the Jays got the clutch shot they needed when Tritz drained a three-pointer with 15.8 seconds left on the clock.
Colorado didn’t call a timeout for its final possession, as the Buffs found an open look from Kresl and the rookie drained a triple to give Colorado its 11th straight win to start the season.