Dec. 2, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. (Dec. 2) - The University of Arizona women's basketball team is ranked No. 21 in this week's Associated Press Top 25, marking the first time the Cats have been ranked since the 2000-01 season.
Arizona was last ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll on Feb. 26, 2001. The Wildcats haven't been ranked in the AP Top 25 since coming in at No. 22 in the poll released on Feb. 5, 2001.
"We're excited to be ranked," said head coach Joan Bonvicini, who is in her 12th year at the helm of the Wildcat program. "The players have worked very hard for this, and we just want to continue to grow as a team. We're looking forward to our tournament at home this weekend."
The Cats are 2-1 overall and are coming off a big 70-49 victory over then-No. 8 Georgia at home last weekend. That was the highest-ranked team any unranked Wildcat squad had ever beaten.
Arizona will play host to UC Riverside, Illinois and North Texas this weekend for the Fiesta Bowl Women's Basketball Classic. The Illini will take on North Texas on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the first game at 1 p.m., followed by the Cats and Highlanders at 3:30 p.m. The consolation game will be played on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m., with the championship at 3:30 p.m.