Earlier this week, coaches voted Colorado's Kennedy Leonard as one of the best freshmen in Pac-12 women's basketball.

The media agreed.

On Wednesday, Leonard was honored by media who cover the Pac-12, naming her as one of five players on the all-freshman team. It's the same honor she got from coaches on Monday.

Colorado's starting point guard this season, the 5-foot-8 Leonard averaged 11.8 points, 4.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds this season. She ranked third among Pac-12 freshmen in scoring and assists. Only five players, regardless of classification, averaged more assists.

Leonard was the only freshman in the Pac-12 this season to rank in the top 20 in scoring and the top 10 in assists. Her 13 assists against California on Feb. 21 were the most by any Pac-12 player in a conference game this season. She also tied for the highest single-game steals total, with seven against Utah on Feb. 4.

So far, Leonard has 135 assists this year, fourth-most ever by a CU freshman and the most by any Buff since Mandy Nightingale had 161 in 2001-02.

Leonard earned Pac-12 freshman of the week honors for the week of Feb. 15-21. She also received honorable mention by the coaches for the All-Pac-12 team.


Leonard is the first CU player to earn all-freshman honors since Arielle Roberson, who was the Pac-12 freshman of the year in 2013. Roberson was also the last Buff to earn freshman of the week honors before this season.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.