CU women’s basketball: Four Buffs earn Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

Four University of Colorado women’s basketball players were recognized for their academic achievement on Thursday as each was named a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention, the league office announced.

Juniors Zoe Beard-Fails and Haley Smith received honorable mention for the second consecutive year while sophomores Zoe Correal and Brecca Thomas earned honorable mention in their first season of All-Academic team eligibility.

Smith, a native of Sammamish, Wash., is majoring in mechanical engineering and owns a 3.67 GPA. In her third season for the Buffs, the 6-1 wing started 29 games and averaged career-highs in points (10.7 ppg) and rebounds (5.7 rpg),

Beard-Fails, a 6-1 forward from Herndon, Va., is an advertising major and holds a 3.40 GPA. During the 2015-16 season, she averaged 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds over 27 games played.

Correal, a 6-4 center and San Francisco native, carries a 3.28 GPA while majoring in psychology. During her sophomore campaign, Correal played in all 30 games and made a career-high 15 starts. She averaged 2.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and finished second on the team with 18 blocks.

Thomas is a strategic communication major, sporting a 3.34 GPA. The 5-5 guard from Stafford, Texas, finished her second year at Colorado averaging 3.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 30 games played.