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Arielle Roberson
Player Profile:
Arielle Roberson 763038
Position: Forward
Height: 6'1"
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
High School: Wagner
Experience: 3 Letters

Career: Ranks 10th in career rebounding average at 7.3 per game. Her 464 career rebounds are the fourth best for a freshman/sophomore combined in team history. She is 14th in career double-doubles (10) and double-figure rebounding games (14) and 19th in both blocked shots (57) and 3-point field goal percentage (.324).

2014-15 (Junior): She missed the entire season after tearing the ACL in her left knee during preseason individual workouts. It was her second full season lost to injury in four years; she also missed her true freshman year (2010-11) with a torn labrum in her left hip. At the conclusion of the season, she opted not to return for her redshirt senior season after graduating with her class.

2013-14 (Sophomore): Roberson led Colorado in scoring (12.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg) while ranking second in blocked shots (1.0 bpg) and third in field-goal percentage (.458). She earned honorable mention to both the coaches All-Pac-12 Conference and All-Defensive teams. On the Pac-12 leaderboard, Roberson ranked fifth in offensive rebounds (3.4 orpg), ninth in blocks, overall rebounds and field-goal percentage, 14th in defensive rebounds (4.9 drpg) and 20th in scoring. Roberson had a team-high seven double-doubles, including a stretch of three straight (at Wyoming, Illinois, Denver) and four out of five during preseason action. During the first part of that stretch, she earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors (12/9) averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds while hitting 48 percent from the field during wins at Wyoming (12/4) and Illinois (12/7). She then put in a third-straight outstanding effort with a season-high 22 points along with 10 rebounds against Denver (12/12). In that contest Roberson recorded career-highs by hitting 13-of-17 from the free-throw line; the 17 attempts tying for the second-most in team history. In five postseason games, Roberson shot 56 percent while averaging 10.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. She had a monster game in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal loss to No. 4/3 ranked Stanford (3/7). Roberson pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds; the most ever by a Buffalo in a postseason conference tournament game, tying the third-best overall postseason mark and tying for the 11th best overall single-game performance. Her rebounding efforts were strong the entire season, especially on the offensive end. Roberson’s 109 offensive rebounds are the fourth-most by a Buff since the 1987-88 season (when the stat was first charted on a regular basis). Her 266 overall rebounds tied for 18th on CU’s single-season list while her 8.3 per game average ranks 14th best in the team annals. Roberson scored in double digits in 19 of 32 games, hitting the 20-point mark on three occasions. She started 31 of 32 contests, coming off the bench in the Omni Hotels Classic championship game against Rice (11/30) after missing the previous two contests with a concussion she sustained in the win over Iowa (11/20). She flirted with a triple-double in that game against the Hawkeyes, scoring 17 points with nine rebounds and a career-best six assists. While her scoring numbers stayed virtually even from her freshman-to-sophomore seasons, Roberson increased her rebounds by more than two per game and her assists by one per contest.

2012-13 (Freshman): The 2013 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year as voted on by league coaches, Roberson averaged 12.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Her Freshman of the Year honor was the first of its kind for the Buffaloes in any conference. She led Colorado in free-throws made and attempted (97-of-142), ranked second in scoring and rebounding, third in blocked shots (24) and fourth in steals (32). Both the Pac-12 coaches and media members named her to their respective all-freshman teams. Roberson earned honorable mention to the overall Pac-12 All-Conference team as well as its all-defensive squad. She was touted as a third team Freshman All-American by FullCourtPress.com.  Roberson ranked seventh in offensive rebounds, 16th in overall rebounds and 17th in scoring on the Pac-12 leaderboard. She dominated the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Week honor. In its inaugural season, Roberson won five, including the very first, after recording 16 points, six rebounds and five steals in her collegiate debut against Idaho (11/11).  Her five steals were the most by a CU player in her collegiate debut since Brittany Spears had five in 2007.  Her five weekly conference awards in one season are the most by any Buffalo in the Big 12, Pac-12 era (since 1996-97).  Roberson was the MVP of the Omni Hotels Classic, the first CU freshman to win that honor, averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds over the two-game series. She scored a career-high 25 points to lead Colorado in the win at Illinois (12/1), nailing a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute to put the game away. Roberson hit 41.2 percent from 3-point range, the ninth-best single season mark in team history with a minimum of 50 attempts (21-of-51). She caught fire at the tail end of the season, making 13 of her last 25 (.520). She scored in double-digits 23 times, including the first 13 games which set a school record to start a CU career. Roberson led the Buffaloes in scoring on 10 occasions. She started in 31 of 32 games, coming off the bench against UMKC (11/18) and in that game she scored 23 points on 9-of-12 from the field. Her 23 points off the bench were the second most, and her nine field goals the most, for any Buffalo in the last 10 seasons. Roberson had three double-doubles, all of which came in the final seven games of the season, including an 11-point, 12-rebound performance against Kansas (3/23) in the NCAA Tournament. Her first double-double was a 17-point and personal-best 13-rebound effort against Washington State (2/22). The WSU game was her first of two on the season where she grabbed eight offensive rebounds; the other was her second double-double, a 10-point, 11-rebound performance in the overtime win at Oregon State in the regular season finale (3/3). She averaged 12.8 points and 8.5 rebounds over the final eight games.

2011-12 (Redshirt): Sat out the 2011-12 season after developing a torn labrum in her left hip during preseason workouts. She underwent successful surgery to repair the tear in December 2011.

HIGH SCHOOL: Roberson is a 2011 graduate of Wagner High School in San Antonio where she was a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) All-State pick as a senior. She averaged 18.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, three steals and two blocks per game in 2011 while guiding Wagner to a 32-7 record, advancing to the semifinals of the Texas 5A State Tournament. A multiple all-region and all-district performer, Roberson also shot 57 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free-throw line as a senior. A two-time member of the San Antonio Express-NewsAll-City Super Team, Roberson finished her career at Wagner with 1,640 points. She was unanimously chosen as the District 25-5A MVP as a senior and was also a McDonald's All-American nominee and the MVP of the Lone Star Invitational Tournament. Roberson, who played in the TABC Girls All-Star Game in May 2011, was a part of three state tournament teams at Wagner sporting a four-year record of 133-15. Roberson also was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball. She played club basketball with TeamXpress.

ACADEMICS: Roberson graduated in May 2015 with her bachelor's degree in Communication.

PERSONAL: Arielle Roberson, was born Jan. 20, 1993, in Grand Rapids, Mich. She is the daughter of John and Lisa Roberson. Her parents, John (basketball) and Lisa (volleyball), were both student-athletes at New Mexico State University. She is the fourth of seven Roberson siblings. Older brother Andre, who starred for three seasons with the Buffaloes (2010-13), is a member of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder after being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 26th pick of the first round in the 2013 NBA Draft (he was dealt to the Thunder on a draft day trade).  Two older sisters competed in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics; Ashlee was a three-year letterwinner in basketball at Texas Tech University (2007-10) and Amber played volleyball at the University of Texas (2008-11). Both sisters played professionally overseas in their respective sports. She also has three younger siblings, Anthony, Aaliyah and Arianna. She would like a chance to play in the WNBA.

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