Arielle Roberson always hoped she'd experience success on the court for the Colorado women's basketball team.

Actually delivering on her potential has been a source of pride.

Roberson is averaging 17.3 points and 6.1 rebounds for the undefeated Buffaloes (7-0).

"I'm honestly having a lot of fun with it," said Roberson, who has scored at least 10 points in every game. "I'm just playing basketball. I guess it's what's been bottled up inside of me since all of last season, so I'm just trying to let it out right now."

Roberson missed last season with a back injury, delaying the start of her college career. From the start of the season, however, the redshirt freshman has looked like a veteran most of the time.

"She's been a huge addition to our team," head coach Linda Lappe said. "She gives us another post, another inside presence. A lot of our players have a lot of confidence in Arielle on the low block and she's worked hard to make sure that's the case."

So far, Roberson leads the team in field goals attempted and she has taken 33 percent of the team's free throws (47 of 142). No other player on the team has more than 16 free throws attempted. She is also the team leader with six blocks and ranks third with 12 steals.

It's quite a change from last year, when she sat and watched every game from the bench.

"Already last year, I felt like I let everybody down," she said. "This year, I was trying not to focus on that kind of pressure, but it was always going to be there, especially your first game out."


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She posted five points and six rebounds in the Buffs' exhibition win against Western State. On Nov. 11 against Idaho, she made her official collegiate debut, posting 16 points, six rebounds and five steals in the Buffs' win.

"Since I started off the way I did, that built my comfortability," she said. "That's why I am so comfortable now playing with my teammates and giving the fans something to be proud of."

Roberson scored a season-high 25 points in the Buffs' 69-62 win at Illinois on Dec. 1.

Last week, she collected Pac-12 freshman of the week honors for the third time in four weeks.

"We're all trying to work towards something greater, so that's what I'm trying to contribute," she said.

Like the rest of the team, Roberson has things she can work on to get better. Her 25 turnovers are a team high, she wants to be more aggressive on the boards, and she said she needs to work on setting screens.

Roberson is already making quite an impression, however, and is looking forward to testing herself this week. The Buffs host No. 8 Louisville on Friday.

"That's what you look forward to as a basketball player, to measure your talents," she said. "That's what I want to do."

Lappe is looking forward to it, as well, to see how her star freshman compares to the elite.

"The posts that we're going to go against are going to continue to get bigger, better, stronger, more physical and more talented," Lappe said. "We just have to make sure she continues to get ready for that."

 

Notable

Freshman wing Lauren Huggins has a stress fracture in her right leg and will be out a while. "It'll probably be at least three to four weeks," Lappe said. ... Before the Buffs host Louisville on Friday, they play the Pioneers in Denver on Tuesday. ... On Saturday, the Buffs, through Boulder County CareConnect, teamed with local nonprofits to deliver holiday fruit baskets to over 900 senior citizens in Boulder County. "Our players are all great people, so they really enjoy doing things in the community, and it was great to see a different side of the community, one they may not get to see everyday," Lappe said. "There are a lot of volunteer opportunities out there and we felt like this was a really important thing for our players to do."

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