March 8, 2011
TUCSON - Senior forward Ify Ibekwe, sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte and freshman forward Erica Barnes, members of the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team, were awarded postseason honors by the Pac-10 Conference, it was announced on Tuesday.
For the second-straight season, both Ibekwe and Whyte were named to the All-Pac-10 Team while Ibekwe was also named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team. Barnes was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman Team.
Ibekwe, a Carson, Calif. native, was a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree. On the season, Ibekwe averages 16.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She also pitches in with 2.4 steals, 1.6 blocks and 2.0 assists per game. She has 12 double-doubles this season and 53 in her career. This season, she has 23 games in double-digit scoring and 13 games in double-digit rebounding.
Ibekwe leads Arizona and the Pac-10 at the glass with 10.0 rebounds per game and is the only Pac-10 player to average a double-double on the season. Ibekwe also leads the conference in scoring (16.1), three-point field goal percentage (28-59-.475) and defensive rebounds (7.2).
Whyte, a Phoenix, Ariz. native, has played all 29 games for the Wildcats and averages 31.1 minutes per game. She is one of three Arizona players to average double digits in scoring with her 15.2 points per game. She also chips in with 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Whyte has scored in double digits in 25 of 29 games this season. She collected her first career double-double with 11 points and a career best 10 assists in the 109-94 win over Oregon on Dec. 31, 2010. She led the Wildcats in scoring in 12 games this season.
In the Pac-10 ranks, Whyte is No. 7 in scoring, No. 12 in assists, No. 7 in free throw percentage, No. 12 in steals, No. 14 in three-point field goal percentage, No. 6 in three-point field goals made and No. 13 in assist/turnover ratio.
Barnes, a Sacramento, Calif. native, led the league in shooting percentage at various times throughout the season. She is averaging 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 15.7 minutes played. In the season opening 81-72 OT win at Wichita State, she collected her first double-double with season best 16 points and 14 rebounds. Barnes also reached double-doubles in the wins against Bradley (12 points, 10 rebounds) and at New Mexico (10 points, 12 rebounds). Barnes has started three and played in 24 games this season.
The No. 4 seed Arizona Wildcats and the No. 9 seed Oregon Ducks will play the second game of the first round of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament on Wed., March 9. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. MT/3:15 p.m. PT at the Galen Center.
Tickets for the four-day event are still available for purchase by visiting www.pac-10.org/hoopstix. For complete details, a live video stream and live stats from the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, visit pac-10.org.