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Season Preview: The Freshmen
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 25, 2010
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Oct. 25, 2010

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TUCSON - University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball will open the season Nov. 2 with an exhibition game against Grand Canyon. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at McKale Center.

In preparation for the start of the season, the squad will be broken down into a four-part preview by class. Third-year head coach Niya Butts has brought in two freshmen to add instant depth to the roster: Erica Barnes and Candice Warthen.

Barnes is a native of Sacramento, Calif. and graduated from Rosemont High School. She is listed as a 6-2 forward who will provide depth at the post position and add some height to the Wildcats' roster. She was a two-time all-city selection at Sacramento High School before transferring to Rosemont for her senior year. She was named team captain three years while also being named team MVP as a sophomore. She helped the Dragons to 23-10 record during junior season while averaging 14.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Barnes tallied seven games with at least 20 points and scored in double figures in 29 of 33 contests including 24-straight games to finish the season. She posted personal-best 15 rebounds on three occasions. She recorded 19 double-doubles on the season and averaged 17.1 points and 8.9 rebounds as a sophomore for the 26-3 Dragons.

Warthen is a 5-3 guard who has great ball handling skills and adds an element of speed to the squad. She is a native of Warrenton, Ga. and graduated from Warren County High School. She is the all-time leading scorer in school history after breaking the school scoring record during senior season. She led the state of Georgia and finished 21st in the country in scoring in her final prep season after averaging 28.5 points per game. She also tallied 7.3 rebounds, 7.2 steals and 3.9 assists per game for the Screaming Devils and also led state in steals. Warthen was named a McDonald's All-American Game nominee and was selected first-team Class A All-State by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and second-team by the Georgia Sportswriters Association. She twice scored 39 points during final prep campaign, each time making 17-of-30 field goal attempts, as well as 14 free throws and three three-pointers. She tallied her first-career triple double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals in a 68-27 win over Evans and was named one of the ESPN RISE Players of the Week after her triple-double.

The regular season will begin with a contest at Wichita State on Nov. 11. For tickets to the Arizona Wildcat women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.

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