In the midst of her best season as a collegian, Jasmine Sborov suddenly had to stop.

The pain in her foot was too much to take, and after just 14 games, she was done.

Still trying to recover from the broken fourth metatarsal bone in her right foot, Sborov has left the disappointment in the past and is now eager for her senior season with the Colorado women's basketball team.

"It took a toll on me mentally (at first)," she said. "It was really frustrating. After the week of being mad about it, I saw areas where I can grow - from a leadership position on the bench, seeing basketball from a coaches' perspective that you don't see when you're playing. I'm excited to see that translate into actually playing this coming fall.

"It's been frustrating, but I really do think I've grown a lot from it and learned a lot from it and it'll make me a better player on the court."

Sborov, who averaged 2.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game her first two years, posted 7.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last year before the injury. She also connected on 37 percent of her 3-pointers (after shooting 15.8 percent the first two years) and hit a career-best 72.4 percent of her free throws.

That jump in production was the direct result of an intense offseason of work for Sborov. She went to head coach Linda Lappe and the rest of the staff after her sophomore year and asked what she needed to do to get better. Then, she went and did it.

"She put a lot of trust in us," said assistant coach Kelly Rae Finley, who works closely with Sborov throughout the year.

Finley said the plan for Sborov last year was very detailed and involved, yet, "She didn't miss one day. To me, that's extremely impressive."

Because Sborov didn't slack off, she became one of CU's best players last year.

"I think that what she did was remarkable and I know it took a tremendous amount of focus and determination in order to do that," Finley said. "What makes her a special player is her focus and the mental side of the game for her is very, very impressive."

The plan this summer will be much different.

Sborov hasn't played since Jan. 10 against California and spent weeks keeping weight off of her foot so that it could heal. Recently, she has been in the weight room and in the gym doing some basketball work.

However, a recent bone scan suggested that her foot wasn't going to heal fully on its own. Last Thursday, she had surgery to put a pin and plate in her foot to fix the break.

Sborov said doctors believe she'll be ready to by September, and certainly in time for the start of preseason practices in the fall.

So, rather than a full offseason of basketball work, Sborov will work on what she can until she's fully healed.

"One thing I'm definitely going to focus on early, as soon as I can, is ball handling and things like that which I can do where I don't have to be running," she said.

In addition, she said she will work on little things and try to incorporate what she learned while sitting out.

"We've talked a lot about her not losing her competitiveness and continuing to develop aspects of her game that she's not particularly strong at," Finley said. "Everything happens for a reason. Maybe the reason was she needs to become more vocal for us to be better. She needs to able to raise the bar."

Sborov will have no problem trying to raise the bar. She may not be physically ready yet, but mentally, she's there.

"From a basketball standpoint, it's given me more of a competitive fire," Sborov said. "I am so ready just to get out there."

Contact BuffZone.com Writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.