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By: CUBuffs.com
Askia Booker and Jess Wallace earned CU Athlete of the Week for Mar. 12-18.
Wallace, Booker Named Athlete of the Week
Release: March 21, 2012
By: Lauren Lanier, Student SID
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BOULDER - Women's golfer Jessica Wallace (senior) and men's basketball guard Askia Booker (freshman) are awarded CU Athlete of the Week for the week of Mar. 12-18.

Wallace earned medalist honors after beating out two of her teammates at the 2012 Clover Cup over the weekend. The Buffs finished 1-2-3 for the first time in school history, with Alex Stewart placing second and Emily Talley placing third. Wallace shot a 70-69-72-211 scorecard and had the lowest rounds in the field in both her second and third rounds. Her finish marks her first finish in the top 20 this season after she compiled 10 top 10 finishes in 12 events last season. She recorded her first two rounds under par in the first two rounds and her first round in the 60's this season in the second round. Helping the Buffs to the most dominant performance in school history, the Buffs bettered the entire field by 31 strokes, shooting the score in each of the three rounds. Wallace helped the Buffs reach their eighth tournament win in the program's history. The Langley, B.C. (Walnut Grove/Pepperdine) native now has five career rounds in the 60's, seven career top five finishes and 11 career top 10 finishes. Her 54-hole total of 211 matches is the fourth best in CU history.

Booker came off the bench to average 15.5 points per two games, leading the No. 11 seeded University of Colorado Buffaloes men's basketball team to the third round of the NCAA tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. Booker scored a game-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field with a pair of three-pointers in CU's 68-64 first round tournament win over No. 6 seed UNLV. The Los Angeles, Calif. (Price HS) native also added two rebounds and two assists. Scoring 12 of his 16 points in the first half of the game, Booker helped the Buffs to an 11-points halftime advantage. In the second round game against the Baylor Bears, the freshman guard scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the second half with a trio of three-pointers and five rebounds in CU's 80-63 loss. Over the two games, Booker led the Buffs in scoring and three-pointers made (5), while sharing the team lead on the offensive glass (4) and at the free throw line (.727). CU ends the season tying the school record for most victories in a single season with 24, set last year.

Also nominated for this week's award: Alex Kizirian (track & field), Kevin Kring (men's golf), Brianne Beemer (track & field), Kristina Schleich (women's tennis) and Brittany Wilson (women's basketball).

Sophomore Alex Kizirian led CU with a first-place finish in the hammer throw Friday afternoon at the Potts Invitational. Recording a personal best mark of 189 feet, 3 inches on his fourth attempt of the day, Kizirian's throw tied him for fifth on CU's all-time performers list. Kizirian also placed sixth in the shot put with a toss of 48-02.50.

Senior Kevin Kring, CU's stroke average leader (72.8), had his best tournament of the spring, leading CU to a sixth place finish in the Bandon Dunes Championship.  He closed with a final round 1-under 70 on the 6,178-yard, par-71 Bandon Trails Black Course, just one of five rounds under par Sunday and 11 in the entire tournament.  His round of four birdies, 11 pars and three bogeys gave him a scorecard for the week of 73-75-70, or a 5-over 218total for 54 holes and tied him for 10th place individually.  Kring was among the tournament leaders in several categories, most notably tying for the most birdies (11), ninth in par-5 scoring (-3) and 10th in par-4 scoring (+3).

Junior Brianne Beemer had an outstanding performance in the 400-meter hurdles, taking first with a personal record time of 1:00.12 on Saturday at the Potts Invitational in Boulder. Also placing third in the 100-meter hurdles, Beemer clocked a time of 14.42 and placed sixth in the javelin with a throw of 112 feet.

Sophomore Kristina Schleich clinched CU's 7-0 victory over Metro State with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Alicia Holm at the top singles position. The Buffs broke a three-match losing streak and had little trouble with the Roadrunners as every singles win came in straight sets. Schleich picked up her team-best 16 singles win of the year. In doubles, she teamed with freshman Julyette Steur at the No. 1 doubles slot for an 8-1 win. Schleich helps CU improve to 7-6 on the season.

Sophomore Brittany Wilson tied for the CU lead with 10 points as the Buffs beat Northern Colorado 54-42 in the first round of the WNIT. Wilson had five rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

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