LOS ANGELES -- After three consecutive losses, the Colorado women's basketball team knew it was crucial to get back on track.

The 22nd-ranked Buffaloes did that on Sunday with a 65-49 win against Southern Cal at the Galen Center. It was a nice turnaround from Friday's 62-46 loss at UCLA, a game in which the Buffs did not play well at all.

"This was an important game," CU head coach Linda Lappe said on KKZN AM-760 radio after the game. "Everybody has a bad game. The championship teams have bad games, but the real championship teams, they respond in a great fashion. They can let it go, they can take it for what its worth and they can get a little mad and come back even stronger. I think that's what's going to happen to us after that Friday night game."

CU (16-5, 5-5 Pac-12) certainly looked stronger in this one.

Chucky Jeffery posted the 25th double-double of her career (15 points, 10 rebounds), Arielle Roberson had her best game in a while, with 16 points and six rebounds, and the Buffs pulled away from the Trojans (8-13, 5-5) in the second half. CU outscored the Trojans 39-18 after the break.

"I really liked our aggressiveness and I liked our toughness in this game," Lappe said. "It was nice to kind of get our identity back. When we're playing our best, we tend to get all those loose balls and to get all the rebounds. We just have to make sure that's a consistent part of who we are."

Like they did in their previous three games, the Buffs failed to finish strong going into halftime. USC went on a 13-3 run during the final 4:20 of the half. But, unlike the previous three, the Buffs came out of the locker room hot.

Trailing 31-26 at the break, CU opened the half with an 8-0 run, while USC had turnovers on five of six possessions. They extended the run to 15-2 on a three-point play from Roberson with 12:17 to go. That gave CU a 41-33 lead.

"We knew we had be very aggressive and physical and set the tone," Roberson said on KKZN. "It starts our energy, not just for the (players on the) floor but for the whole bench. I think that's what really turned the game around for us."

Roberson had scored just 13 points in the previous three games combined, missing 19 of 23 shots in the process. She had just two points at halftime on Sunday, but turned it on after the break, scoring 14 points. Roberson went 6-for-9 from the floor to post her highest point total since scoring 18 against New Mexico on Dec. 29.

While Jeffery and Roberson were great, they weren't alone. Brittany Wilson scored 12 points and Lexy Kresl added 11 points, six rebounds and three steals. Kresl scored in double figures for just the third time this year and the eighth time in her last 45 games.

Defensively, just about everybody in a CU uniform stepped up in the second half. The Buffs forced 13 turnovers and held USC to 5-for-24 (20.8 percent) shooting after the break.

"We take defense very personal because defense is a lot of heart," Roberson said. "We were very excited about (holding USC under 50). That's what we harp on and that's one of our staples, to go and be a very aggressive defensive team. I think we executed that."

Notable

CU is 21-4 when Jeffery posts a double-double, including 5-0 this season. ... Cassie Harberts led USC with 14 points, but it was her lowest point total in 10 conference games. ... The Buffs improved to 15-0 against unranked opponents this season. ... Wilson has averaged 11.0 points in the last four games. ...Six different players had at least five rebounds for the Buffs, who out-rebounded the Trojans 44-29. ... The Buffs are 6-0 this season when having four players score in double figures. ... CU had a season-low eight points from its bench. The previous low was nine points on Friday at UCLA. ...The Buffs improved to 14-3 when Kresl scores on double figures. ... Kresl had a career-high three missed free throws, starting 0-for-3 before hitting her last three. She had missed just seven in her career coming into the day. ... With the win, the Buffs guaranteed themselves of having a winning record this season.

Fast break

What went right

Just about everything after halftime. The Buffs started the second half with an 8-0 run and out-scored USC 39-18 in the final 20 minutes.

What went wrong

CU had a bad stretch to end the first half. USC outscored the Buffs 13-3 during the final 4:20 to put CU in a hole.

Stars of the game

Arielle Roberson and Lexy Kresl. Both players have struggled offensively lately, but both were great on Sunday. Roberson finished with 16 points and six rebounds, while Kresl had 11 points and six rebounds.

What's next?

The Buffaloes will host Oregon State on Friday at 7 p.m.

No. 22 Colorado 65, USC 49

COLORADO

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Roberson 33 6-9 3-3 1-6 1 3 16

Hargis 27 1-5 1-2 0-6 0 4 3

Kresl 29 3-8 3-6 1-6 1 2 11

B Wilson 25 5-13 2-2 2-2 1 5 12

Jeffery 37 6-14 3-6 2-10 3 1 15

A Wilson 8 0-1 2-2 0-1 1 1 2

Sborov 21 1-4 0-0 3-6 3 2 2

Reese 5 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0

Swan 15 1-1 2-2 2-5 0 2 4

Totals 200 23-57 16-23 13-44 10 21 65

Percentages: FG .404, FT .696.

3-Point Goals: 3-19, .158 (Kresl 2-6, Roberson 1-1, A. Wilson 0-1, Sborov 0-2, Jeffery 0-4, B. Wilson 0-5).

Team Rebounds: 1.

Blocked Shots: 2 (Roberson, Hargis).

Turnovers: 18 (Jeffery 4, Roberson 4, Kresl 3, Hargis 2, A. Wilson, Reese, B. Wilson, Sborov).

Steals: 10 (Kresl 3, Sborov 2, Jeffery 2, Hargis 2, B. Wilson).

Technical Fouls: None.

USC

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Oliver 23 1-3 0-0 0-4 0 1 3

Harberts 40 4-10 6-9 2-6 0 4 14

Vaioletama 32 1-6 0-0 0-4 2 3 3

Bradley 29 2-9 2-2 2-7 2 4 8

Barrett 20 0-4 0-0 1-1 3 1 0

Crook 34 4-15 1-1 0-4 1 3 10

Gibbs 9 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 4 2

Alofaituli 13 2-4 5-6 1-1 0 1 9

Totals 200 14-51 16-20 7-29 8 21 49

Percentages: FG .275, FT .800.

3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Bradley 2-8, Oliver 1-1, Vaioletama 1-2, Crook 1-5, Harberts 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 2.

Blocked Shots: 2 (Vaioletama, Harberts).

Turnovers: 19 (Barrett 5, Harberts 4, Bradley 2, Oliver 2, Vaioletama 2, Gibbs, Alofaituli, Crook).

Steals: 9 (Oliver 2, Bradley 2, Harberts 2, Crook, Alofaituli, Barrett).

Technical Fouls: None.

Colorado 26 39--65

Southern Cal 31 18--49

A -- 249.

Officials -- Michael Price, Darren Krzesnik, Mazetta Garrett.