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UA Women's Basketball Snags Late Signee
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 25, 2000
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The University of Arizona women's basketball program has added a late signee to its fold, announced head coach Joan Bonvicini on Tuesday. JENNIFER CHESNEY, from Newberg (Ore.) High School, will join the Wildcats as a freshman for the 2000-2001 season.

A 6-0 guard, Chesney averaged 19.8 points and 11 rebounds per game while playing for coach Marianne Funderhide at Newberg HS. Chesney was an All-Pac-8 Conference and All-Oregon selection this year while helping Newberg to a 15-9 mark.

After leading the Pac-8 in both scoring and rebounding this season, Chesney was named the league's Most Valuable Player. She was among the top five scorers in the state of Oregon as well.

A three-time All-Pac-8 choice, Chesney was also a three-time team MVP and was team captain her senior year. In addition, she was MVP of both the Glencoe Tournament and the Oregon City Tournament this season.

Jennifer is an excellent late signing for us, said head coach Joan Bonvicini, who just wrapped up her ninth year at the helm of the Wildcat program. We expect her to play the two or three spot. She's a hard worker and will add great depth to our backcourt.

Jennifer is an outstanding shooter -- she just has a beautiful jump shot, said associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Denise Dove Ianello. She's an excellent ball-handler, is very strong and is an extremely versatile player. She fills a vital need for us.

Chesney also works out with personal trainer Howard Avery, who helped develop former Wildcat basketball players Lisa Griffith and Damon Stoudamire.

The Wildcats ended the 2000 season with a 25-7 overall record, the best mark in school history. They were 13-5 in Pac-10 play and tied for second in the league standings. The Cats earned their fourth straight NCAA berth and advanced to the second round before falling to eventual national runner-up Tennessee.

Chesney joins guard Candice Allen (Ontario, Calif./Ayala HS), guard Aimee Grzyb (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) and forward Veranda James (Pomona, Calif./Ganesha HS) as the Wildcat recruiting class for this year.


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