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08 All-Pac-10
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/06/2008
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San Jose , Calif. ?C Arizona senior guard Ashley Whisonant has been named to the 2008 All-Pac-10 Second Team, and freshman Ify Ibekwe earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Thursday.? Junior Amina Njonkou received All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades, freshman Tasha Dickey was named a Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honorable mention, as Whisonant also garnered Pac-10 Defensive Team honorable mention recognition.

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Whisonant, from Bowie, Md., earns the first Pac-10 honors of her career in her final season in an Arizona jersey.? The 5-foot-8 guard is averaging a team-high 15.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists a game while snagging 1.8 steals a contest.? She is also averaging a team-high 37.3 minutes per contest.? Whisonant ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring average, first in assists per game, and first in minutes per game.?

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So far this season, Whisonant has moved up nine spots on the all-time Arizona scorers list, and currently ranks fifth all-time with 1,451 career points in 122 games (11.9 career ppg average).? She now needs 16 points to claim the fourth-place spot.? With 23 points against Washington on Feb. 21, she became just the fifth player in school history to amass 1,400 career points.

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Whisonant has posted double-figures in points in 24 of 29 games, including 15 of the last 17.?

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Ibekwe, from Carson, Calif., becomes the first Arizona freshman to be named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team since Shawntinice Polk in 2003.? ? On the season, Ibekwe leads the team with a 7.9 rebounds per game average and 28 blocked shots, and posts 10.6 points a game.? ? Ibekwe ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in rebounding, fifth in blocked shots (1.22 bpg), ninth with a 48.1 field goal percentage, and 18th in scoring, while posting six double-doubles on the season.

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Njonkou, from Foumban, Cameroon, earns the first Pac-10 honors of her career.? ? On the season, Njonkou is averaging 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds a game while shooting 49.3 percent (134-272) from the field, the eighth-best mark in the Pac-10, and is shooting a team-best 74.5 percent (108-145) from the free throw line.? The 6-foot-1 forward has posted double-figures in points in 21 of the last 23 games, including a span of 19-straight, and has a team-high 11 double-doubles on the season.?

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Dickey, from Sandy, Utah, earns Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honorable mention accolades after averaging 6.9 points and 2.0 rebounds a game in 25.0 minutes of action this season.? The 5-foot-10 guard is also second on the squad with 36 steals, and has started in 20 games on the season.

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Arizona will play No. 8 seed Oregon State on Friday, March 7 at 8:15 p.m. (PST) in the first round of the 2008 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament in HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
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