Former Colorado prep basketball stars help lead Stanford to victory over CU Buffs – The Denver Post

BOULDER – Leah DuBois is a 10-year-old basketball fanatic from Centennial who on Friday night brought a homemade sign to the CU Events Center for a women’s match against Stanford.

DuBois did not mess with Buffs. She cheered Other things Colorado team. Her colorful handwritten letters on white poster told the story: ‘Welcome home Jana, Fran and Ashten.’

“I’m so honored,” DuBois said. “It’s so cool.”

Nr. 2 Stanford gathered for a 60-52 victory to give No. 22 Buffaloes their first loss of the season. Three Cardinal players are Colorado high school products – Fran Belibi (Regis Jesuit), Jana Van Gytenbeek (Cherry Creek) and Ashten Prechtel (Discovery Canyon) – whose success as reigning college national champions has inspired a new generation of youth players at home.

“It’s very empowering,” Van Gytenbeek said. “Showing little girls that they can do this is really great. It makes me want to play even more.”

Prechtel added: “Coming back and playing Colorado is always a tough game. But it’s one of my favorites. I look forward to it every year.”

DuBois met Van Gytenbeek through a Cherry Creek basketball teammate during the Bruins’ 2019 race for a 5A state championship victory. A friendship blossomed. And now DuBois is tuning in to the livestreamed Stanford basketball game.

But she joined family and friends Friday night to see Van Gytenbeek from third row behind Stanford’s bench.

“Her tension level is above 10,” said Leah’s father, Keith DuBois. “I was actually expecting tears.”

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