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BOULDER – Colorado sophomore guard Lexy Kresl was named to the 2013 Pac-12 Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic second team, the league office announced on Tuesday.
Junior center Rachel Hargis received honorable mention to the all-academic squad.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and either be a starter or a significant contributor.
Kresl, a native of Paradise Valley, Ariz., was the only underclassman out of the 10 student-athletes that made one of the all-academic squads. She averaged 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game this season and led the Buffaloes in 3-point field goals with 34. Kresl owns a 3.52 GPA and is majoring in integrative physiology.
Hargis was Colorado’s top shot blocker with 34 while averaging 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. A psychology major, the Robinson, Texas, native sports a 3.06 GPA.
PAC-12 ALL-ACADEMIC – WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Chelsea Bridgewater, UTAH Sr. 3.81 Psychology/Political Science
Kristi Kingma, WASH Sr. 3.94 Communication
Rachel Messer, UTAH Sr. 3.83 Management
Taryn Wicijowski, UTAH Jr. 3.93 Biology/Psychology
Mariah Williams, UCLA Sr. 3.89 Political Science
Layshia Clarendon, CAL Sr. 3.47 American Studies
Katie Grad, WSU Sr. 3.80 Sport Management
Lexy Kresl, COLO So. 3.52 Integrative Physiology
Eliza Normen, ASU Fr. 3.57 Biomedical Engineering
Carly Noyes, WSU Sr. 3.49 Elementary Education
Women’s Basketball Honorable Mention All-Academic
Ireti Amojo, Jr., WSU; Liz Brenner, So., ORE; Joy Burke, Jr., ASU; Talia Caldwell, Sr., CAL; Amanda Delgado, So.,
ORE; Ciera Dunbar, So. UTAH; Janae Fulcher, Sr., ASU; Cassie Harberts, Jr., USC; Rachel Hargis, Jr., COLO; Toni
Kokenis, Jr., STAN; Thea Lemberger, Jr., UCLA; Jordan Loera, So., ORE; Danielle Love, Jr., ORE; Mikayla Lyles, Jr., CAL; Christina Marinacci, Sr., USC; Alyssa Martin, Jr., OSU; Chiney Ogwumike, Jr., STAN; Kate Oliver, Jr., USC; Erica Payne, So., STAN; Eliza Pierre, Sr., CAL; Michelle Plouffe, Jr., UTAH; Mikaela Ruef, Sr., STAN; Bonnie Samuelson, So., STAN; Mercedes Wetmore, Jr., WASH; Aminah Williams, So., WASH.
The Cal Golden Bears are one of the hottest teams in the PAC-12 right now, having won seven in a row. The Buffs poor shooting doomed them from the start.
CU, ranked fifth in the Pac-12 Conference going into Saturday’s game, falls to 19-9 overall and 9-7 in the Pac-12. The third-ranked Golden Bears, winning their seventh consecutive game, improved to 20-9 overall and 12-5.
Colorado struggled offensively Saturday with a season low in points, field goals made (15) and field goal shooting percentage (23.1). Freshman forward Xavier Johnson was the only CU player in double figures with 14 total points. Freshman Josh Scott returned to the lineup after missing two games with a concussion. He scored four points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Cal’s Justin Cobbs and Tyrone Wallace scored 16 points each, while David Kravish added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Wallace also hauled down 11 boards.
“We didn’t have one guy offensively make a shot tonight, but you have to credit Cal, they man-handled us,” CU coach Tad Boyle said. “Our first shot defense was pretty good but those second-chance shots were tough.”
The Buffs came into Saturday’s matchup looking to smother guard Allen Crabbe, the leading scorer in the Pac-12 at more than 18 points per game. But when Crabbe recorded his third personal foul with 5:11 remaining in the half, he took to the bench.
An improving Cal team executed offensively without its star scorer, though. The Golden Bears went on an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to go up 22-15, and while senior guard Sabatino Chen hit a three to end the half on an energetic note, the Buffs were still down four (24-20) at intermission.
The Golden Bears held the Buffs to just 26 percent shooting in the first half, CU’s worst first-half field goal percentage this season, and the Buffs’ 20 first-half points tied a season low recorded earlier this season at Washington.
Much of CU’s shooting woes came from a failure to capitalize off of Cal turnovers, as CU had a +2 turnover margin going into halftime, but had five fewer points off of turnovers than its opponent.
The Buffs found some energy out of the locker room, closing the gap back to two on a Xavier Johnson trey with 14:16 left in the game. Cal responded, though, with an 8-3 run over the next five minutes capped by a SC Top-10-worthy dunk by guard Tyrone Wallace.
Cal had widened its gap to nine by the 5:32 mark — and with a final shooting percentage of 23.1 from the field, the Buffs’ comeback attempt came nowhere close. By the final buzzer, CU was down 16 for a 62-46 loss.
“Cal wasn’t this Cal when they came to Boulder a month ago,” said Boyle, whose team won the first meeting 81-71. “So they’ve improved We were the best defensive team in the league for a stretch there but these guys have overtaken us and you can see why.”
CU returns to the Coors Events Center next weekend for its final two regular season matchups, against No. 24 Oregon on Thursday (7 p.m.) and Oregon State on Saturday (2:30 p.m.).
Boyle called Saturday’s contest “a big time game and we didn’t answer the bell. But it wasn’t because of our lack of effort and we can’t get too down on ourselves. We have two big games at home to finish out the season.”
At 12-4 in the Pac-12, the Ducks currently hold the top spot in the conference, while the Beavers are ranked 11th at 3-13.
CU women’s basketball team 11-0 going into PAC 12 competition
Story by B.G. Brooks, Contributing Editor, CUBuffs.com
BOULDER – The University of Colorado women’s basketball team easily disposed of New Mexico 84-39 Saturday at the Coors Events Center, finishing non-conference play unbeaten and presenting coach Linda Lappe with her 100th career win.
With a date against No. 1 Stanford looming next week in their Pac-12 Conference opener, the No. 23 Buffaloes improved to 11-0 for the second consecutive season. Lappe, meanwhile, won for the 50th time as CU’s coach. She is 100-66 overall and 50-30 in her third season in Boulder.
Methodically taking care of business before the top-ranked Cardinal visits Friday (8 p.m.), the Buffs rolled to a 39-21 halftime lead and outscored the Lobos (8-5) 17-2 to open the second half.
CU sophomore guard Lexy Kresl tied a career-high with 20 points, hitting all five of her three-point attempts and tying a school record. Also in double figures for the Buffs were redshirt freshman Arielle Roberson (18), senior Chucky Jeffery (11) and sophomore Jen Reese (10).
Jeffery flirted with the third triple-double of her career. Despite sitting sat out the final 6 minutes, she finished with eight assists and eight rebounds to go with her 11 points.
In rolling to their 18-point halftime lead, the Buffs never trailed. They jumped ahead 3-0 on a three-pointer by Brittany Wilson and kept on cruising. Kresl led all first-half scorers, hitting all three of her three-point attempts on the way to 12 points and surpassing her previous high this season.
The Buffs shot 51.7 percent (15-for-29) from the field in the first half and hit five of their nine long-range attempts (55.6 percent). And they demons on defense, posting a season-high 11 steals, forcing 14 turnovers and limiting the Lobos to 34.8 percent shooting from the field (8-of-23).
The Buffs shot 50.8 percent for the game (32-of-63) and held the Lobos to 30.2 percent (16-of-53). CU outrebounded the visitors 42-31, owned a 40-16 advantage in the paint and converted 23 UNM turnovers into 28 points. The Buffs committed 13 turnovers, but the Lobos got only nine points from those errors.
CU – and Kresl – didn’t slow down to open the second half. With Kresl scoring eight points, the Buffs opened with a 17-2 run and quickly went up 56-23 – their largest lead of the afternoon to that point.
They kept on pushing, cruising toward their unbeaten start and their coach’s milestone win. With 6:44 to play, Roberson’s pair of free throws opened a 72-30 advantage.
With their largest lead reaching 47 in the final minute, it was almost time for the Buffs to begin thinking about the Cardinal.
PULLMAN, Wash. — The Colorado women’s basketball team looked beaten for much of Saturday’s game at Beasley Coliseum.Yet down the stretch, the Buffaloes made enough plays to pull out a 57-56 win against host Washington State at Friel Court.
Meagan Malcolm-Peck hit a free throw with 12.5 seconds left to provide the winning point and the CU defense stepped up to hold off Washington State in the final possession.
Jen Reese garned a double-double in a win against Washington State Saturday, helping the Buffs to a 2-1 PAC record.
CU (13-1, 2-1 Pac-12) avoided a second straight loss and handed Washington State (9-7, 3-1) its first defeat in conference play.
Freshman Jen Reese had her first career double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds). Chucky Jeffery and Julie Seabrook just missed double-doubles. Jeffery had 12 points and nine rebounds, while Seabrook had 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Buffs trailed by 11 when coach Linda Lappe called a timeout. A 12-3 run coming out of that timeout got the Buffs back into the game.
Washington State again threatened to pull away, however, taking a 56-50 lead with 2:35 to play.
Jeffery and Lexy Kresl hit back-to-back shots to pull the Buffs within two. Then, with 37 seconds left, Kresl hit a spinning jumper to beat the shot clock and tie the game.
After the defense got a stop on the Cougars, Malcolm-Peck went 1-for-2 from the line to give the Buffs their first lead since early in the second half.
A jumper from Washington State’s Jazmine Perkins was off the mark at the buzzer.
Colorado out-scored the Cougars 22-10 after Lappe’s timeout, including 7-0 in the final 2:30