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#1 Lexy Kresl
Position: Guard
Height: 5'11"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Paradise Valley, Ariz.
High School: Shadow Mountain
Experience: 3 Letters
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Lexy Kresl has already made a mark on the CU history books with her 3-point shooting efforts, but an improved defensive presence and all-around game is what has pleased the Colorado coaching staff. She’s a versatile guard who can no doubt rip the nets, but she knows the offense enough to run the point and is big and quick enough to play out on the wing.

Career: Colorado’s top active 3-point shooter as she ranks 10th on the team’s all-time list for 3-pointers made (124) and attempted (419). She has made a 3-pointer in 71 of 95 games played and has 33 career outings with two or more 3-pointers. Kresl is one of three Buffaloes (joining Jen Reese and Arielle Roberson) that have a shot at reaching 1,000 career points this season. She enters her final collegiate campaign with 738.

2013-14 (Junior): Topped Colorado in assists (3.1 apg) and free-throw percentage (.841) while ranking third in both steals (1.1 spg) and 3-point field goals made (27). Kresl ranked third in the Pac-12 Conference in free-throw percentage, holding the top stop for a good portion of the season. She was also 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and 12th in assists on the league charts.† Her 84.1 percent mark from the charity stripe ranks 19th on Colorado’s single-season list. She came out of the gate strong, primarily playing the point guard position, starting the first 16 games of the season. Kresl was named MVP of the Omni Hotels Classic averaging 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in wins over South Alabama (11/29) and Rice (11/30).† She scored 12 points, dished out a career-high six assists, and nabbed seven rebounds in the first round win over South Alabama. In the championship game she scored a season-best 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. She hit double figures in scoring 10 times, including a 17-point effort in a 69-62 loss at No. 7 ranked Louisville. †A leg injury set her back in the middle of the Pac-12 season, forcing her to miss three games (Arizona, Arizona State at Utah), but rallied to finish strong in the postseason. Kresl averaged 9.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists off the bench in Colorado’s five postseason contests. In the first round Pac-12 Tournament win over UCLA, Kresl scored 14 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists.

2012-13 (Sophomore): Led Colorado in 3-point shooting for the second-straight season connecting on 34 from long range.  She ranked 14th in the Pac-12 in 3-pointers made per game at 1.2. She hit 32 percent from downtown during the conference season (17-of-54) ranking 15th in the Pac-12 in league-only games. On the season she averaged 6.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Her 38 steals ranked third on the team and she led the team on seven different occasions. Kresl tied a personal-best with 20 points in the win over New Mexico (12/29). In that game she tied a school record for 3-pointers made without a miss, hitting on all five attempts from beyond the arc. She actually hit six in a row over two games, making her only attempt in the win over Utah Valley (12/22).  She also matched a career-best with seven field-goals made against New Mexico. Kresl scored in double-digits four times, the other three coming during the Pac-12 schedule. Kresl had season-highs of seven rebounds in back-to-back games, at home against Arizona (1/20) and at No. 7/7 ranked California (1/25). She was starting to pick up momentum late in the season, averaging 9.0 points and 2.3 steals over a four game stretch before a shoulder injury forced her to miss three games.

2011-12 (Freshman): Kresl averaged nine points and led Colorado in 3-pointers made (63) and attempted (198) en route to Pac-12 All-Freshman honors voted on by the media. She earned honorable mention to the coaches' All-Freshman team. Kresl ranked second among Pac-12 freshman in 3-pointers and fifth in scoring. On the overall league charts, she was fifth in 3-pointers made (1.8 3mpg), 12th in 3-point percentage (.318) and 28th in scoring. Her 63 3-pointers were most by a CU freshman breaking the mark of 57 previously held by Brittany Spears (2007-08) and Shelley Sheetz (1991-92). It was the 12th time a CU player has made 60 3-pointers in one season and just the seventh different player to do so. She made a 3-pointer in 31-of-35 games. Kresl scored a career high 20 points on 6-of-7 from downtown in the win over Oregon State (3/3), the top single-game 3-point percentage in the Pac-12 this season. She was named to the UTSA Classic All-Tournament team, averaging 14.5 points and hitting 50 percent from the field. Kresl topped off the tournament in style by hitting the game-winning 3-point shot at the buzzer against Creighton (12/21). She earned Omni Hotels Classic All-Tournament Team honors, scoring 16 points in the championship game against Wisconsin (11/26) including a team season-best 8-for-8 from the free throw line. She made 36-of-40 free throws on the season, and will carry a string of 17 straight made into the 2012-13 season. Kresl enjoyed a spectacular collegiate debut, tying a school record by hitting five 3-pointers in the first half against Northern Arizona (11/11), finishing with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting. She registered six straight double-figure scoring games to begin her career, tying Shelley Sheetz for the second most in team history.

HIGH SCHOOL: Lexy Kresl is a 2011 graduate of Shadow Mountain High School in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where she is the program’s all-time leading scorer with 2,404 points. She earned consecutive All-Arizona, first-team all-state and regional player of the year accolades and was Arizona’s leading scorer her junior and senior years. As a senior, she was a McDonald’s All-American nominee after averaging 25 points and 14 rebounds per game. She was named Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year as a senior and earned an Arizona Women’s Wendy’s Heisman as a junior. During her junior season, Kresl led Shadow Mountain High School to the 2010 Arizona 4AI state title and was named tournament MVP. She was an ESPN Rise All-American after averaging 27 points and 12 rebounds per game. The same year she named Western Sky Player of the Year and earned all-tournament honors at the Nike Tournament of Champions. As a sophomore in 2009, she averaged 16 points and seven rebounds, earning all-region honors. Kresl guided Shadow Mountain to a four-year record of 90-27. She played for two Nike Sponsored summer all-star teams, the Gregory Strickling Basketball program (2010-11) and the Arizona Swish (2007-09). Kresl also was a one-year letterwinner for the Shadow Mountain track & field team and recorded a sixth place finish in the state in the 800-meter run.

ACADEMICS: Kresl is an integrative physiology major at CU and aspires to be a physician’s assistant. She was named to the 2014 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball All-Academic First Team, the Buffaloes’ initial member of that five-person squad. Kresl was a second team All-Academic pick in 2013 and, as a sophomore, the only underclassman out of the 10 student-athletes that made one of the All-Academic squads. She holds a 3.62 GPA through the Summer 2014 term. She hopes to attend Colorado’s nationally recognized PA school after completing her undergraduate degree. In the summer of 2014, Kresl did an observational and research based internship at Palo Verde Cancer Center and Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery in the Phoenix area.

PERSONAL: Alexis "Lexy" Kresl was born on July 15, 1993, in Wisconsin to John and Julie Kresl. She has two younger brothers Logan (19) and Colten (15). Logan is a brain cancer survivor, having been diagnosed at age 7 and fought through surgery and chemotherapy treatments. Kresl says he is her inspiration both on and off the court. The story of their bond was chronicled by ESPNW.com during Breast Cancer Awareness month in February 2013. Her mother played basketball at TCU. She lists her hobbies as running, shopping, listening to music and watching movies.

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