Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
December 2006 Newsletter
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 07, 2006
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Arizona has had a successful start to the 2006-07 season, posting a 5-3 record through its first eight games. The Wildcats opened the season with an 83-41 win over Nicholls State on Nov. 14 before 2,290 fans in McKale Center. Arizona then traveled to College Park, Md., to play in the BTI Classic. Arizona dropped games to No. 25 George Washington, 69-65, and No. 1-ranked and defending champion Maryland, 75-61. The Wildcats then won three-consecutive games, beating TCU in the BTI Classic, 59-56, in overtime, then beating NC State at home in overtime, 68-66, and UTEP on the road, 72-68 and Louisiana Tech 74-59. The Wildcats lost a game at No. 10 Texas A&M, 64-44, but will play four of its next five games at home. Senior Joy Hollingsworth currently leads the team with 15.4 points and 6.6 rebounds a game.

New Wildcats

Julian Temblador enters his first season as the Arizona women’s basketball sports information director. Julian’s responsibilities include maintaining Arizona’s official website (, providing weekly press releases and game notes, compiling the year’s statistics, and arranging interviews and media requests. Julian is also the Arizona women’s volleyball SID. Julian began working in sports information at The University of Arizona, where he was the Arizona women’s gymnastics SID for three years (2001-04) as a student. After graduating from Arizona in 2004 with a degree in journalism, Julian earned a master’s degree in sport management from Long Beach State. During that time, Julian spent a year at the Big West Conference where he served as the Information Assistant. After the Big West, Julian was the sports information director at UCLA for the Bruin baseball and men’s water polo teams during the 2005-2006 seasons. Julian, 24, hails from Harbor City, CA.

Leanna Olivar is in her third year at UA. She is originally from Nogales, AZ. She received her bachelors from Northern Arizona University and her masters from The University of Arizona. Leanna graduated as the 2006 Outstanding Hispanic Graduate Student for the UA Hispanic Alumni Association This is her first as an assistant athletic trainer and her first year with Women’s Basketball and is responsible for all medical decisions , rehabilitation and injuries for our team. Leanna says she is excited to be a part of our program and is looking forward to a successful, championship season.

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