An encouraging sign that emerged from the CU women's basketball team's 84-39 victory against New Mexico on Saturday was the continued scoring touch being displayed by sophomore guard Lexy Kresl.

After averaging a solid nine points a game last season as a freshman, Kresl has struggled through a sophomore slump through much of CU's nonconference slate. Yet on Saturday Kresl erupted for 20 points, tying a career high she reached last season against Oregon State while showcasing a shooting touch that first showed signs of coming out of hibernation during last week's win against Utah Valley.

"She's put in some extra time, and with Lexy it's all about the consistency of her shot and making sure she is shooting the same way every single time," CU coach Linda Lappe said. "We've been able to show her some film on her good shots, her bad shots. Her shot selection and her form ... both of those looked great todaywee."

Kresl averaged just 4.1 points during the first seven games of the season, going scoreless twice during that stretch while making just 6 of 29 3-point attempts. Saturday's effort was the culmination of a four-game burst in which Kresl has increased her scoring average by more than two points to 6.3.


Kresl simply was torrid on Saturday in making 7 of 8 shots, including a 5 for 5 performance from 3-point range. It was Kresl's first double-digit scoring effort of the season after reaching that mark in nine of 11 nonconference games a year ago, and it should provide a promising confidence boost as CU begins Pac-12 Conference play on Friday at home against Stanford.

Kresl's perfect 5 for 5 effort from 3-point range tied a CU single-game record set by Jenny Roulier against Missouri on Feb. 13, 2002. In the past two games, Kresl has gone 10 for 12 while making all six of her 3-point attempts.

"It actually I think happened because I stopped caring a little and put aside my worries," Kresl said. "Just getting a little break and getting time (helped) to get confidence and take extra shots."

Injury update

Junior guard Brittany Wilson took a nasty spill in the late half and hit her head on the Coors Events Center floor. Wilson exited the game with 4 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in the half and attempted to join the Buffs during warm-ups for the second half, but she was ruled out and did not return to the game.

Her twin, Ashley Wilson, scored one point in 14 minutes of action after a six-game layoff due to a knee injury. Sophomore Jasmine Sborov also returned to the rotation, scoring two points in 12 minutes after missing the previous two games while a minor heart issue was monitored.

Rookie record

By scoring 18 points, freshman forward Arielle Roberson moved into elite history in CU women's hoops history. Roberson became the first CU freshman to reach double-figures in points in each of her first 11 games. Entering the game, Roberson shared the mark of 10 consecutive 10-point games to start a career with Tracy Tripp, who achieved the feat at the beginning of the 1985-86 season. No other Buffs players has had a career-opening 10-point streak longer than six games, a mark reached last season by Kresl and by Shelley Sheetz in the 1991-92 season.

"I thought I could contribute, but I didn't know in what areas," Roberson said. "I thought maybe at the defensive end, because that's kind of what I focus on. But coming in here and contributing so much on offense, I didn't expect that because I didn't expect it of myself."


After losing its first six games against New Mexico, the Buffs now have reeled off seven consecutive wins against the Lobos to take a 7-6 series lead. ... Senior guard Chucky Jeffery finished with 11 points to continue her assault on a few of CU's record book. Jeffery moved into 14th-place on CU's all-time scoring list and also became the 16th CU player to reach 500 field goals made.

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