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Ibekwe Lauded With All-America Honor
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/31/2009
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March 31, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona sophomore forward Ify Ibekwe was named to the Associated Press All-America honorable mention list, announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Associated Press All-America teams, which were first named starting in 1995, are selected by a 45-member panel that votes each week in the Top 25 poll. The voting was done prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament.

Ibekwe, a 1st-team all-Pac-10 selection and 1st-team all-Pac-10 Defensive Team honoree, led Arizona in scoring, rebounding, steals, blocked shots, free throws, field goals and double-doubles.

She finished the season with 336 rebounds, coming up three shy of the program’s single-season record set in the 2003-04 season by the late Shawntinice Polk. Her 16 double-doubles were also 2nd all-time for a single-season behind the 21 posted by Polk in the 2002-03 campaign.

The seventh Arizona player to be named to an All-America team, Ibekwe led the Pac-10 and finished 6th in the NCAA in rebounds per game at 11.6. She was also 3rd in the Pac-10 in scoring at 15.7 points per game while also ending up 2nd in blocked shots (1.8) and 4th in steals (2.1).

Ibekwe was chosen the Pac-10 Player of the Week on December 15th after leading the Wildcats to wins over San Diego (66-58) and Long Beach State (56-47). In those games, she averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds, giving Arizona its first award of that nature in almost five years.

2009 Associated Press All-America Teams

FIRST TEAM
Maya Moore, Connecticut, 6-0, sophomore, Lawrenceville, Ga.; Courtney Paris, Oklahoma, 6-4, senior, Piedmont, Calif.; Angel McCoughtry, Louisville, 6-1, senior, Baltimore; Kristi Toliver, Maryland, 5-7, senior, Harrisonburg, Va.; Renee Montgomery, Connecticut, 5-7, senior, St. Albans, W.Va.

SECOND TEAM
DeWanna Bonner, Auburn, 6-4, senior, Fairfield, Ala.; Jayne Appel, Stanford, 6-4, junior, Pleasant Hill, Calif.; Marissa Coleman, Maryland, 6-1, senior, Cheltenham, Md.; Jantel Lavender, Ohio State, 6-4, sophomore, Cleveland; Tina Charles, Connecticut, 6-4, junior, Jamaica, N.Y.

THIRD TEAM
Shavonte Zellous, Pittsburgh, 5-10, senior, Orlando, Fla.; Ashley Walker, California, 6-1, senior, Modesto, Calif.; Epiphanny Prince, Rutgers, 5-9, junior, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Chante Black, Duke, 6-5, senior, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee State, 5-10, junior, Mount Juliet, Tenn.

HONORABLE MENTION
Whitney Boddie, Auburn; Jessica Breland, North Carolina; Sha Brooks, Florida; Kristi Cirone, Illinois State; Robyn Fairbanks, Utah Valley; Rachele Fitz, Marist; Megan Frazee, Liberty; Danielle Gant, Texas A&M; Alexis Gray-Lawson, California; Allison Hightower, LSU; Ify Ibekwe, Arizona; Briann January, Arizona State; Laura Kurz, Villanova; Shalee Lehning, Kansas State; Lyndra Littles, Virginia; Rashanda McCants, North Carolina; Danielle McCray, Kansas; Mandy Morales, Montana; Deirdre Naughton, DePaul; Ashley Paris, Oklahoma; Ta’Shia Phillips, Xavier; Tracy Pontius, Bowling Green; Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State; Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma; Takia Starks, Texas A&M; Morgan Warburton, Utah; Jennifer Warkenthien, South Dakota State; Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga; Danielle Wilson, Baylor; Christina Wirth, Vanderbilt; Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, Purdue; Monica Wright, Virginia.

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