Kennedy Leonard's big day on Sunday didn't go unnoticed around the Pac-12.
On Monday, the Colorado point guard was named the Pac-12 women's basketball freshman of the week, after her 23-point, 13-assist effort in CU's 78-57 win against California.
Leonard joins Arielle Roberson as the only CU players to ever win Pac-12 freshman of the week honors. Roberson was honored five times during the 2012-13 season.
Leonard is also the first CU player to earn any kind of Pac-12 weekly honor since Roberson was named the conference player of the week on Dec. 9, 2013.
"Being the point guard, you're the floor leader, so I had to kind of pick everybody up," Leonard said after the game. "Luckily I have a full team who always has my back and I know that they're there with me, so I think that throughout the game it showed that."
In Sunday's win, which snapped a five-game losing streak for the Buffs (7-20, 2-14), Leonard set career highs in points and assists and recorded just the 17th points/assists double-double in CU history. Her 13 assists rank as the fourth-best single-game total in program history, just two shy of the program record.
"I was just hitting people," she said. "They were open, they were moving to the right spots. They were moving and they were finishing."
Head coach Linda Lappe was pleased to see her freshman stand out in a game the Buffs needed.
"She's been up and down as the season has gone along, but we know that she's a great player and we know what she can do," Lappe said. "I thought she played with a lot of confidence. She was so focused today, she was engaged, she really was connected with her teammates and finding them every time there was an opening."
In addition to her performance against Cal, Leonard had 13 points and two assists in Friday's loss to No. 15 Stanford.
The 5-foot-8 guard from Southlake, Texas, is averaging 11.8 points, 4.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game this season.
Oregon State senior Jamie Weisner was named the Pac-12 player of the week.
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