DENVER -- The Colorado women's basketball team has been anticipating a showdown with No. 8 Louisville for a while.

The Buffs have also known it wouldn't mean as much if they didn't take care of business leading up to Louisville's arrival.

On Tuesday night, Brittany Wilson had a season-high 19 points and Chucky Jeffery recorded her 22nd career double-double as the Buffs routed host Denver 83-63 at Magness Arena.

The win sets up what could be quite a matchup Friday at Coors Events Center between the unbeaten Buffs (8-0) and the Cardinals (9-1).

"We feel really good with where we're at," Buffs coach Linda Lappe said. "We feel like we've seen a lot of everything. Obviously Louisville will present a few different things that maybe we haven't seen or a different level of talent, but we're excited for it. It should be a really fun game."

Despite a sluggish start, CU clearly didn't overlook the Pioneers (4-5), though.

"Regardless of whether you're looking ahead, you've got to take care of the present, and they're a rival," Lappe said of the Pioneers.

The Buffs did fall behind by five points early and trailed 18-17 with 9:43 to play in the first half, as the offense and defense sputtered.

CU, however, used an 8-0 run midway through the first half to regain the lead and never looked back. The Buffs stretched their lead to 10 late in the first half and never trailed during the final 29 minutes of the game.

"I felt like we didn't come out as good as we wanted to, not ready and focused as we should have been," said Jeffery, who finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. "But once we got on that run, it kind of gave us a kick-start and then we amped it up a little bit."

Jeffery certainly amped up her game. It was the third time this season she's grabbed at least 10 rebounds and the fourth time she's scored in double figures, but this was one of her best all-around games.

"It's always good for me to get double-doubles," she said. "Coach wanted me to get in there and rebound and that's what I went in there and did. I crashed the offensive boards as good as I can. I just was aggressive with everything I did today and I felt good about it."

Lappe wasn't entirely pleased with how the Buffs performed throughout, but they did put their foot on DU's throat and kept it there. CU opened the second half with a 9-1 surge and had a double-digit lead throughout the second half in securing just the fourth 8-0 start in program history. The Buffs started 12-0 a year ago.

"We got kick-started toward the end of the first half and I really enjoyed how we came out of halftime," Lappe said. "I thought that was the key to the game is that we got on them early."

Wilson hit a pair of early 3-pointers and came within three points of her career high. Jeffery, Arielle Roberson (11 points, six rebounds) and sophomore Lexy Kresl (eight points, five rebounds) all stepped up as well, as CU hit 43.7 percent of its shots.

"You can just see this team and how anybody can go off at any moment, any second and anybody can get hot at any time," Wilson said. "That's a good thing with our team, but we've got to come out and play our defense. We can't start out slow like this on Friday."

With Tuesday's win in the books, the Buffs can now focus on Friday. Louisville's visit will be the biggest non-conference game in Boulder in years.

"I think it's a big deal," Wilson said. "We have to get ready. There's a lot of talk around about us and I think that's an excellent thing, but right now it's enough of the talking and we've just got to show it."

Notable

CU, which had 59 rebounds against Colorado State on Dec. 5, had 50 on Tuesday. It was the first time CU had 50-plus rebounds in back-to-back games since the first two games of the 2009-10 season. ... The Buffs had 22 offensive boards after posting 24 against CSU. The Buffs had pulled down 20 offensive rebounds just five times in Lappe's first two seasons at the helm. ... This was CU's first win on DU's home floor since, Nov. 15, 1977, before head coach Linda Lappe was born. Granted, this was just the third trip to DU since then. ... CU is 7-1 against in-state rivals under Lappe; the only loss came two years ago at DU. ... Denver was led by sophomore Morgan Van Riper-Rose, who scored a career-high 28 points. ... CU out-scored the Pioneers 32-12 in the paint and had a 13-3 advantage in second-chance points... Roberson was hit with a technical foul in the second half for an apparent shove of a DU player. It was CU's first technical of the season.

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Fast Break

What went right

The Buffs got production from a lot of different players and buried a team they were supposed to bury.

What went wrong

CU's defense was not sharp at time, allowing DU to sink seven 3-pointers and stay in the game early.

Star of the game

Chucky Jeffery. Her 22nd double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) was crucial in helping the Buffs stay undefeated.

What's next?

No. 8 Louisville visits Boulder on Friday at 7 p.m.

Colorado 83, Denver 63 COLORADO (83)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Roberson 22 4-11 0-1 3-3 6 4 11

Hargis 18 2-6 0-0 1-4 3 4 5

B. Wilson 27 7-12 3-6 2-2 1 3 19

Sborov 16 2-2 0-0 0-0 4 4 4

Jeffery 28 5-13 0-2 4-5 11 2 14

Kresl 25 2-8 2-6 2-2 5 1 8

MM-Peck 11 2-4 1-3 0-2 2 0 5

Atchley 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Reese 18 3-9 0-0 1-1 5 2 7

Weston 13 2-4 1-1 0-0 1 1 5

Swan 18 2-2 0-0 1-2 4 3 5

Team 7

Totals 200 31-71 7-19 14-21 50 24 83

Assists (16): Jeffery 5, Reese 3, B. Wilson 2, Sborov 2, Hargis, Kresl, Malcolm-Peck, Weston.

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

Turnovers (13): Roberson 3, Sborov 3, Swan 3, Hargis 2, Jeffery 2.

Blocked shots (2): B. Wilson, Swan.

DENVER (63)

MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF TP

Michel 34 0-3 0-0 2-2 4 4 2

Wirth 23 1-3 0-0 8-10 3 2 10

Van Riper-Rose 39 9-16 6-9 4-4 1 0 28

Johnston 23 2-6 0-2 3-3 1 2 7

Smith 28 2-7 0-0 0-2 5 1 4

Edwards 19 2-8 1-4 3-4 4 3 8

Neuhaus 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0

Bradley 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2

Hunter 8 0-1 0-0 2-2 1 2 2

Janecek 14 0-1 0-0 0-0 5 5 0

Team 2

Totals 200 17-47 7-15 22-27 28 19 63

Assists (11): Smith 5, Michel 2, Van Riper-Rose, Edwards, Neuhaus, Janecek.

Steals (6): Michel 3, Smith 2, Johnston.

Turnovers (19): Van Riper-Rose 4, Wirth 3, Hunter 3, Michel 2, Bradley 2, Johnston, Smith, Neuhaus, Janecek, Team.

Blocked shots (3): Johnston 2, Janecek.

Halftime score: Colorado 37, Denver 27.

Technical fouls -- Roberson (CU).

Attendance -- 839.