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Buffaloes Trio Honored For Academics By The Pac-12

Mar 27, 2015

BOULDER - For the third straight season, University of Colorado's Lexy Kresl has earned a spot on the Pac-12 Conference Women's Basketball All-Academic team the league office announced on Friday.

Sophomores Haley Smith and Zoe Beard-Fails received honorable mention.

Lexy Kresl
Haley Smith
Zoe Beard-Fails

Kresl's spot on the second of the two exclusive 5-member teams means she made the All-Academic squad each season she was eligible. ?All-Academic team members must have a 3.0 GPA or better and be either a starter or significant contributor. Kresl was a first team selection in 2014 and a second team honoree in 2013.

A native of Paradise Valley, Ariz., Kresl is an integrative physiology major carrying a 3.56 overall GPA. She aspires to attend Physician Assistant school after graduating in May and to work in pediatrics. Kresl is Colorado's first three-time All-Academic team member since Jackie McFarland earned a trio of All-Big 12 Conference academic honors from 2006-08.

Earlier this winter, she earned a spot on the Capital One All-District 7 Women's Basketball team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A 5-11 guard playing at the point, Kresl averaged 12.4 points, 4.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds as a senior earning honorable mention to the 2015 All-Pac-12 team. She led Colorado in assists and steals (1.1 spg) while hitting a team best 61 3-pointers on an impressive 41 percent from long range.? Kresl earned All-Pac-12 Tournament team honors, guiding the Buffaloes to their second semifinal appearance in three years.

Kresl wrapped up her illustrious playing career among the all-time finest at Colorado in numerous categories. She ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.832), fifth in 3-point attempts (185), seventh in 3-pointers made (185), 11th in games played (125), 18th in assists (294) and 3-point percentage (.325) and 22nd in points (1,109).

Smith, a 6-1 sophomore wing from Sammamish, Wash., is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.69 GPA. She started all 32 games for the Buffaloes in 2014-15 averaging 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while hitting a team-best 48 percent from the field.

Beard-Fails, a 6-1 sophomore forward from Herdon, Va., is an advertising major sporting a 3.40 GPA. She averaged 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds and finished second on the team in blocked shots with 16.

The honorable mention for both Smith and Beard-Fails come in their first season of All-Academic team eligibility.