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Release: 11/02/2010
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Nov. 2, 2010

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Postgame with Head Coach Niya Butts

Postgame with the Wildcats

 

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TUCSON - Propelled by an early Davellyn Whyte three pointer and a quick 10-0 run to open the game, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team topped Grand Canyon, 90-56, at McKale Center Tuesday night.

"We got our first game in the books, and as far as I'm concerned, it counts," head coach Niya Butts said. "We're 1-0, and I feel good about some of the things I saw, and not so good about others. As a whole, I'm proud of our newcomers, they did a great job tonight on their first time out."

Senior forward Ify Ibekwe tallied her first double-double of the season, pulling down 11 boards, including 10 on defense, and scoring 14 points. Junior guard Brooke Jackson led the squad in points scored with 18. She was 5-for-5 in the first half and ended the game 6-of-7.

"Overall, I think we did pretty well, especially the newcomers," Jackson said. "Candice (Warthen) played really well and Taylor (Dalrymple) was huge in the post. My teammates gave me the confidence; they said, `shoot the lights out,' and that's what I tried to do. We came into the first half really hyped but we came into the second half and we didn't want to foul, so we played more reserved."

Senior Soana Lucet was key on defense with nine rebounds, 11 total for the game, and three blocked shots. Junior forward Taylor Dalrymple added 10 points and four rebounds to the team totals in her first game as a Wildcat. Sophomore guard Whyte and junior guard Shanita Arnold each scored nine points.

Freshman Candice Warthen made her Wildcat debut Tuesday night. In her first outing, she picked up 13 points and four assists.

"Candice had an excellent game tonight," Butts said. "She made a couple decisions that could have been better, but it's her first game and she's young, so she's going to make some mistakes. Still, scoring thirteen points in her first time out is great."

Arnold, Ibekwe, Jackson, Lucet and Whyte were the starting five for the Wildcats. Jackson played the most minutes at 27 and Warthen had the most minutes off the bench with 23.

Arizona will play next when the Wildcats face Western State on Sun., Nov. 7, at 12:30 p.m., at McKale Center. For tickets to the Arizona Wildcat women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.

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