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No. 7 Louisville women edge No. 11 Colorado 69-62

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Dec 21, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals forward Asia Taylor (31) battles Colorado Buffaloes forward Jen Reese (34) for the ball during the second half at the KFC YUM! Center. Louisville defeated Colorado 69-62. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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