Jeffery Earns Multiple Pac-12 Honors, Freshmen Recognized
BOULDER - University of Colorado junior guard Chucky Jeffery made it 2-for-2 in All-Pac-12 Conference honors as she was one of 15 student-athletes named to the team voted on by the league coaches, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
Jeffery becomes Colorado's first All-Pac-12 women's basketball player capping off the Buffaloes first year in their new conference. She is the 13th different CU women's basketball player to be recognized on a league's all-conference first team (Intermountain, Big Eight and Big 12) and it's the program's 19th such mention overall. CU had five first-team All-Big 12 Conference awards in 15 seasons.
A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jeffery leads Colorado at 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. She is prominent on the Pac-12 leader board, ranking in the Top 15 in 11 categories. The junior guard ranks fourth in assists and steals (2.4 spg), sixth in 3-point percentage (.363), seventh in scoring and defensive rebounds (5.6 drpg), 10th in double-doubles (6), 11th in overall rebounding and free-throw percentage (.713), 12th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.9), 13th in field-goal percentage (.445) and 14th in blocked shots (0.9 bpg).
Jeffery's defensive team honor is the first for the program in any conference. Her steals per game average rose to 2.7 during conference only games, ranking third in the Pac-12. She had eight games with four or more steals and topped six steals on three occasions. Jeffery's 70 steals this season rank 14th on CU's single-season list.
Kresl and Reese have played pivotal roles in Colorado's success this season. Kresl, who was named to the media's Pac-12 All-Freshman team, leads all rookies in 3-point field goals (55) and ranks fifth in scoring at 9.5 per game. Reese averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 25 games before a season-ending eye injury. She leads all freshmen in rebounding average had the second-best rookie field-goal percentage in the Pac-12 (.449), a mark that also ranks 12th overall on the league charts.
Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and her sister and teammate Chiney Ogwumike was the Defensive Player of the Year. Washington's Jazmine Davis is the Freshman of the Year and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer is the Coach of the Year.