Colorado women's basketball coach Linda Lappe continues adding size and athleticism to her program.

Zoe Beard-Fails, a 6-foot-2 forward from Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., recently gave a verbal commitment to Lappe and the Buffs.

"I just felt that Colorado would be the best place for me, that I would get the most family feel," she said. "Also, I really wanted to play somewhere that was going to be a good option for me academically and athletically. I felt I was going to get the best of both worlds at Colorado."

Beard-Fails is the third player from the class of 2013 to give a verbal commitment to CU. She joins Briana Watts, a 6-foot-4 center from Clovis, Calif., and Haley Smith, a 6-foot-1 wing from Sammamish, Wash.

Smith and Beard-Fails both took their official visits to CU two weeks ago and both gave verbal commitments shortly after those visits. (Watts, the first to commit, took her official visit this weekend).

Beard-Fails had several other scholarships and had narrowed her choices to CU, Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania.

After averaging more than 16 points per game as a freshman at South Lakes High School in Reston, Va., Beard-Fails transferred to Georgetown Day, which is known more for its academics. She posted 26 points and 18 rebounds per game as a sophomore while playing everything from point guard to center.


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A year ago, Beard-Fails shredded her left knee three games into the season, tearing her ACL and both her lateral and medial meniscus. She said she has been 100 percent cleared by doctors at this point and is looking forward to being at full strength for her senior year.

Early in her prep career, Beard-Fails was recruited by American University assistant LaTonya Watson and Harvard assistant Kelly Finley. Both are now on Lappe's staff.

"I kind of developed a strong relationship with both of them," Beard-Fails said. "I think them coming to the same place was really a sign for me."

Beard-Fails said she likes the vision that all the CU coaches have for the program and is eager to join the team next year. She plans to sign her letter of intent during the early signing period that runs from Nov. 14-21.

"Going into my senior season with no stress (of recruiting) is going to be very nice," she said.

CU is not done with its 2013 class. In fact, the Buffs could add up to two more players. Emma Wolfram, a 6-foot-4 forward from Kamloops, British Columbia, took her official visit to CU this weekend. The Buffs are also still looking at adding a point guard.

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