The first signee of the Linda Lappe coaching era, Hargis is a good defender, who understands defensive concepts very well and has the ability to get her hands on the ball. She endured a transition of sorts from the Big 12 to the Pac-12 Conference last year, which on average features a more finesse post player. After a year of adjustment, and now as an upperclassman, Hargis has her sights set on a big season.
Career: One of Colorado's more consistent shot blockers over the past two seasons, she enters her junior season tied with Jenny Roulier (1998-02) for 17th in career blocked shots with 50.
2011-12 (Sophomore): Hargis saw her scoring and rebounding numbers rise slightly in her second year, averaging 3.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. She played in all 35 games and started the first 17 before Colorado switched to a smaller, quicker lineup during league play. Hargis had a career night against Texas-Pan American (12/20) at the UTSA Holiday Classic. Playing in her home state, she recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes against UTPA. She had one other double-digit scoring game, netting 10 in the home loss to California (1/12). Fifteen of her season's 26 blocked shots came during Pac-12 play, ranking 14th in the league in conference only contests. She had nine games with five or more rebounds, including seven in the WNIT win over South Dakota (3/19). Her first collegiate start came in the season opener against Northern Arizona (11/11) where she pitched in a then-personal best nine points on 4-of-7 from the field. She played a career-best 33 minutes in the Omni Classic championship game win over Wisconsin finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists.
2010-11 (Freshman): Hargis played in all 34 games averaging 2.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game. Hargis, who played double-digit minutes in 30 of her 34 games, became a solid player off the bench, especially on the defensive end. She ranked second on the team in blocked shots with 24, which was also the third best total among freshmen in the Big 12. She stepped it up in that category during league play as 16 of those 24 blocks came during the conference schedule ranking 11th on the overall league charts. Hargis was a sub .500 free-throw shooter on the season (.489), but she made 14 of her last 18 attempts (.778). Hargis ranked fourth on the team with 17 steals. She had a career night against Nebraska netting personal bests with six points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes. Hargis had seven games with five or more rebounds. She recorded a career and team-season high four blocked shots at No. 20/23 Iowa State (2/19).
High School: Hargis is a 2010 graduate of Robinson High School, located just southeast of Waco, Texas. She averaged 14.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 52 percent from the field as a senior, guiding the Rockets to an overall record of 20-12, a second place finish in District 19-3A and a spot in the 3A Region Quarterfinals. Hargis had a story book junior season in 2009 as Robinson went 34-5 and won the Texas 3A state championship. She was named the championship game MVP, scoring 20 points and recording 13 rebounds in the Rockets' 49-33 win over Argyle High School. Hargis was named to the All-State Tournament Team and All-Region Tournament Team. She averaged 10.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks as a junior, earning Waco Tribune-Herald SuperCenTex First Team honors as well as All-District 19-3A First Team accolades. Hargis was named to the Waco Tribune-Herald's SuperCenTex Second Team as a sophomore and a senior. She was a three-year all-district performer. She played AAU ball with the DFW Elite on the T-Jack Elite squad. Hargis was rated the No. 43 post player in the nation by ESPN.com's HoopGurlz coming out of high school, and she was a 2010 McDonald's All-American Game nominee. She was a four-time academic all-district selection and was also involved in the National Honor Society, volleyball, track & field, Spirit Leading and FCA at Robinson.
Academics: Hargis is undecided on a college major, but is interested in psychology and physical therapy.
Personal: Rachel Marie Hargis was born on March 12, 1992, in San Antonio. She is the daughter Gary and Alicia Hargis. She is one of four children with two older brothers, Matt (25) and Joel (23) and one younger brother, Jordan (19). She says the biggest moment in her high school career was being named MVP after winning the state championship her junior year. Hargis is ambidextrous as she writes left-handed and does almost everything else with her right hand.