BOULDER – The University of Colorado women's basketball team reflected on the 2013-14 season with its annual awards celebration alongside school administrators, family members, donors and fans Wednesday evening at the Byron R. White Club Level of Folsom Field.
Colorado's coaching staff recognized 13 letterwinners, including the Buffaloes’ three seniors Rachel Hargis, Ashley Wilson and Brittany Wilson. In addition, fourth-year head coach Linda Lappe and her staff also handed out several individual awards.
Junior Lexy Kresl won the Crystal Ford-Adams Scholar-Athlete Award.
A native of Paradise Valley, Ariz., Kresl is an integrative physiology major sporting a 3.63 cumulative grade point average. Kresl aspires to be a physician’s assistant and hopes to attend Colorado’s nationally recognized PA school after completing her undergraduate degree. She is the program’s initial first team Pac-12 Conference All-Academic pick in just its third year in the league. Kresl was a second team Pac-12 All-Academic pick as a sophomore; the only underclassman among the 10 student-athletes that made up the first and second teams.
Kresl led Colorado in assists with 95 (3.1 apg) and free-throw accuracy at 84.1 percent. Her season performance from the line was third in the Pac-12 and ranks 19th on CU’s all-time list. Kresl becomes the second player to win the Crystal Ford-Adams Scholar-Athlete Award joining Jackie McFarland who won it in 2006, ’07 and ’08.
Sophomore forward Arielle Roberson received the Lisa Van Goor rebounding award after leading the Buffaloes at 8.3 boards per contest. The award was presented by Van Goor, CU’s all-time leading rebounder. Roberson ranked ninth in the Pac-12 and was especially tough on the offensive end. She corralled 109 offensive boards, the fourth most by a Buffalo since the school started tracking offensive and defensive rebounds in the late 1980s.
Roberson had 10 games with 10 or more rebounds, including a career- and team-season high 17 in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal against Stanford. That figure was also the most for a CU player in a conference tournament game. Roberson’s 266 overall rebounds tied her with Erin Scholz (1994-95) for the 18th most in one season at Colorado.
Ashley Wilson 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.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Wilson served valiantly as the team captain. She had her finest season on the floor, averaging 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, just under two assists and ranking second on the team with 38 steals. Ten of her 12 career double-figure scoring games came this season including seven of the final 11 contests down the stretch. During that final span she was second on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg), second in assists (2.2 apg), led the team in steals (1.7 spg) and also averaged 4.2 rebounds while hitting 43 percent from the field.
Aside from the quantitative statistics, Wilson was the emotional leader of the team, brining instant and constant energy. She battled injuries her entire career, but even more so as a senior. Wilson suffered a torn rotator cuff in her right shoulder early in the preseason, but missed only three games, opting to play through the pain for the final 25 contests. There were no excuses from this 5-foot-8 sparkplug who assumed any role the coaching staff needed from her without hesitation. Through all the bumps and bruises, Wilson appeared in 121 games, good enough for a Top 20 ranking on Colorado’s all-time leaderboard.
Colorado finished the 2013-14 season at 19-15 overall and tied for ninth place in the Pac-12 at 6-12. The Buffaloes enjoyed their 21st season with at least 19 wins and fourth-straight winning season under Lappe. Colorado participated in postseason for the 22nd time and fifth in the WNIT, advancing to the Round of 16.