Kiara Buford #30

First Name: Kiara
Last Name: Buford
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 0
Position: Guard
Team: North Tartan
Class Of: 2008
School: St. Paul Central
College: Minnesota
Years With North Tartan: 0


Golden Gopher Career Notes: A Golden Gopher starter at guard • a versatile talent able to play any of the perimeter positions • possesses a great skill set coming into the collegiate game • can shoot the three, create her own shot or post up • a solid defender and rebounder • displays an exceptional basketball IQ • brings a “knows what it takes” winning attitude to the court • has started 30 of 62 career games • owns a career scoring average of 9.9 points per game and a total of 612 career points • has tallied 28 career games in double figures and two double-doubles • earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore • named to the 2009 Big Ten All-Freshman Team • the third Gophers (Janel McCarville, 2002; Brittany McCoy, 2007) to be honored as a freshman.

2009-10 • Sophomore Season: Played and started all 30 games • the recipient of the Gophers’ Most Improved Player award • named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the Conference media • led Gophers with a scoring average of 13.1 points per game • scored in double figures in 21 games • had six 20-plus points and her first two career points/rebound double-doubles • hit a career-best seven three-pointers and tallied 23 points in loss at Iowa • led Gophers with 17 points versus Wisconsin • hit three three-pointers, 14 points, versus No. 4/6 Ohio State • led Gophers to home win over Purdue with 18 points, four assists and four steals (1/14) • tallied her second straight game over 20 points with 22 points in win over Northwestern (1/7) • led Gophers with 21 points, 10 rebounds (second career double-double) and a career-high four steals in overtime victory over Iowa (1/3) • scored 19 in win over Santa Clara • matched her career-high with 24, and four three-pointers, versus Iowa State • scored 15 points in win over Penn?State • made her first 23 free throws of the season before missing her first one in the North Dakota State game • named to the Subway Classic All-Tournament Team • scored a career-high 24 points (11-11 FT) with seven assists in Subway title game versus Colorado • scored 15 points vs. Illinois-Chicago • tallied 23 points and first career double-double with 11 rebounds in her first career start, the season-opener versus Lamar • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned second varsity letter.

2008-09 • Freshman Season: Played in all 32 games in her rookie season • named the 2009 Big Ten All-Freshman Team • played in every game with seven games in double figures • the Gophers’ leading scorer off the bench averaging 6.9 points a game • scored four points in 21 minutes in NCAA loss versus Texas A&M • tallied two points and two assists in the NCAA win over Notre Dame • scored 13 points (5-8 FG) in win at Michigan State (2/26) • scored 10 points with a big steal in the closing minutes in win over Iowa (2/8) • scored 16 points with four three-pointers in the win over Michigan State (2/2) • played 32 minutes in win at Ohio?State scoring nine points adding season-bests with eight rebounds and three assists • topped the Gophers with 12 points in loss at Iowa (1/11) • led the Gophers in scoring with 14 points (6-7 FG), with eight points in last six minutes, in win at Illinois (1/3) • scored 11 points with two three-pointers in win over Penn?State • named to the Subway Classic all-tournament team, averaging 14.0 in the wins over American and Yale • scored a career-high 22 points in the win over American, the first freshman to score 20 or more points in a game since Janel McCarville (1/3/02) • went 2-2 from three-point range to score eight points in win over North Dakota State • scored six points in 19 minutes versus 2/2 Stanford in her first collegiate game as a Gopher • varsity letterwinner.

High School: A 2008 graduate of St. Paul Central High School  • high school coach was Willie Taylor • three-time all-state selection • McDonald’s High School All-American nominee • 2008 Minnesota Ms. Basketball finalist • led St. Paul Central to back-to-back Minnesota Class 4A titles in 2007 and 2008 • named to the all-state tournament team four times • scored 1,810 career points • the 2008 St. Paul League Player of the Year • four-time all-conference honoree • averaged 16.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game as a senior • led the Minutemen to a 28-4 overall record and an undefeated (12-0) St. Paul City League champion championship in 2007-08 • scored 11 points in the title game, a 49-44 victory over Minneapolis South • helped Central to a perfect 32-0 record as a junior in 2006-07 • tallied19 points and eight rebounds in the 2007 Minnesota Class 4A title, championship game (81-63) versus Minneapolis South • finished career undefeated (48-0) in St. Paul City League play • ranked No. 66 in the Blue Star Report • averaged 20.8 points per game her sophomore season • four-year letterwinner • played her AAU ball for Minnesota North Tartan, coached by Bill Larson, and Minnesota Triple Threat, coached by Drew Woods.


Personal: Born Oct. 23, 1989 • undecided on a major • daughter of Robert and Tracy Buford • mother played collegiate basketball at Grandview College (Iowa) • the oldest of three children with siblings, Devante and Jada • enjoys modeling



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