March 5, 2009
The future of University of Arizona women's basketball appears to be very bright as a pair of players signed to national letters of intent have posted outstanding seasons in 2008-09.
Senior standout Davellyn Whyte of St. Mary's High School in Phoenix has led her team to the AIA Class 5A Division 1 state championship game, to be played this Saturday, March 7 at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale at 2 p.m.
The top-seeded Lady Knights (26-2) are in the midst of a 22-game winning streak after disposing of 4th-seeded Gilbert, 75-51, Wednesday evening in semifinal round play. Whyte led all scorers with 27 points, including an impressive 10-for-10 clip at the free throw line. St. Mary's has had little trouble advancing to the state title game, posting wins over Maryvale (65-25) and Xavier (72-53) before knocking off Glendale.
The only obstacle left for the Lady Knights is defending champion and #2-seeded Highland, a 52-37 winner over Mountain View-Mesa in the other semifinal matchup. The state championship game can be viewed for free online at www.aia365.com or on Cox 7 Arizona for those with that cable package.
Another player who will suit up for the Wildcats next season is Mesa Community College freshman Brooke Jackson, who recently completed her season with the Thunderbirds.
Despite suffering a first round playoff loss on Tuesday evening, Jackson was recently named the ACCAC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year as she led the T-Birds to a 26-5 record. She averaged 16.3 points per game and shot 50 percent from three-point range. Jackson also averaged 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals.
Both players will be a part of the 2009-10 Arizona squad. Whyte will have all four seasons of eligibility when she comes to Tucson while Jackson will have three seasons to suit up for the Wildcats.