The University of Colorado women's basketball team celebrated the 2011-12 season with its annual awards banquet attended by nearly 200 school administrators, family members, donors and fans Sunday afternoon at the Byron R. White Club Level of Folsom Field.
Colorado's coaching staff recognized 10 letterwinners, including the Buffaloes' lone senior Julie Seabrook, who earned her fourth team letter. Second-year head coach Linda Lappe and her staff also handed out several individual awards.
Freshman Lexy Kresl received the Crystal Ford-Adams Scholar-Athlete Award. Kresl has made the transition from high school to the college classroom smoothly, earning a 3.572 GPA through her initial collegiate season. An integrative physiology major, Kresl was lauded by the staff for always being the first on the bus or at the airport to open her books. She is the first freshman to win the Crystal Ford-Adams award since Sabrina Scott in 2000, and just the third overall. Ford-Adams, who played for Colorado from 1985-89, was on hand to present the award to Kresl who set the Buffaloes' freshman record for 3-pointers this season with 63.
Junior Chucky Jeffery received the Lisa Van Goor rebounding award after leading the Buffaloes at eight boards per contest. The award was presented by Van Goor, CU's all-time leading rebounder. Jeffery ranked eighth in the Pac-12 Conference in rebounding and her 280 boards were the most ever by a CU guard in a single season and overall the ninth-best total in team history. Jeffery had 10 double-figure rebounding games - all double-doubles -- including a career-high 17 in the WNIT win over Villanova.
Coach Lappe also presented Jeffery with a commemorative ball representing her 1,000th career point milestone.
Jeffery and classmate Meagan Malcolm-Peck shared the Defensive MVP award. Jeffery was named to the coaches Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, ranking fifth in the league in steals at 2.3 per game, and improving her average to 2.7 during conference contests. Malcolm-Peck was routinely called upon by the staff to guard the opponent's best offensive player and could handle both front and back court players. She collected 16 blocks, 15 steals and ranked fourth on the team in rebounding at 4.1 per game.
For the second straight season, Seabrook was presented the Ceal Barry Colorado Pride Award, named after the CU Athletic Hall of Fame coach. In the spirit of the Coaches Award given out by Barry during her 22-year career on the Buffaloes bench, this award is given to the player who shows pride in the program through leadership on the court, campus and community, work ethic on the court and in the classroom and who is unselfish and coachable.
Seabrook was an honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 selection and twice named to the Academic All-Big 12 team. She was CU's Big 12 2011 Winter Chick-fil-A Community of Champions honoree given out for academics, community service, leadership and sportsmanship. Seabrook is scheduled to graduate in May with her degree from the Leeds School of Business.
She started the final 69 games of her career after playing sparingly during her first two seasons at CU. Seabrook led Colorado in field-goal percentage for the second year in a row and finished her career at 48.7 percent, ranking 16th on CU's all-time list. She averaged 7.3 points and 5.2 rebounds as a senior and led the Buffaloes with 72 offensive rebounds. Seabrook completed her career in style, scoring a team-best 16 points and tied a career-high by hitting 4-of-6 3-pointers in the WNIT quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Oklahoma State.
The Buffaloes ushered in the Pac-12 era with a 21-14 overall record in 2011-12; the school's first 20-win season in eight years, advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2012 Postseason WNIT.