Jane Wahl was a junior in high school when she realized she wanted to make a career in teaching and coaching sports.
In the process of following that dream, Wahl eventually found herself at the University of Colorado in the 1970s where she served as the first women's athletic director when the school added varsity sports for women.
Wahl returned to CU Sunday along with 50 former CU women's basketball players and staff members as part of an alumni weekend. At halftime of the Buffs' loss to No. 14 Arizona State, the school paid tribute to Wahl by presenting her with the inaugural Jane Wahl Legacy Award.
Former CU women's basketball coach and current senior women's administrator Ceal Barry presented Wahl with the honor, which will be given annually to a member of the CU women's basketball community who brings honor to the school and its athletic department.
"What an honor," Wahl told the crowd at halftime. "This is beyond my wildest dreams.
"I am honored to have my name linked with this award. ...I look forward to being back next year to see who the real first recipient is."
Wahl said a lot of progress has been made over the years in providing more opportunities for women in college sports and more funding, but she believes there is still room for growth. She said she hopes to one day see as many fans turn out to support the women's team as they do the men.
Wahl said she never aspired to be a pioneer in women's athletics. She just followed her calling.
"That's very gratifying," she said of being honored for doing what she loved to do. "When you have something inside you and you feel so strongly that it's the right thing to do and you work and work and work...it actually ends up kinda like you hoped...it is a high like you wouldn't believe."
3-point shooting woes
In a win over Arizona on Friday, CU freshman Lauren Huggins made five of eight 3-point attempts to boost the Buffs to a victory. It was a bright spot in a recent string of games in which the Buffs have struggled from behind the arc.
Over its past 10 games, CU has made just 22 percent of its 3-point attempts. The Buffs went 0-for-4 behind the arc Sunday. It was the first game without a made 3-point shot since January of 2005 at Missouri.
Coach Linda Lappe said Cu's inability to make a 3-pointer Sunday was more about Arizona State's tough perimeter defense than CU's shooting woes.
"I think teams average maybe four threes, maybe even less than that in a game," Lappe said. "So, they don't give them up. I'm not concerned about that fact."
Colorado grabbed 42 rebounds to Arizona State's 35. Yet, it was the first time this season CU lost a game when holding the rebounding advantage. CU is 12-1 when it outrebound opponents and 0-6 when it is outrebounded.