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UA Women's Basketball Coach Aims for Win No. 499 on Thursday
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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TUCSON, Ariz. (Jan. 15) -- University of Arizona head women's basketball coach Joan Bonvicini will be shooting for career win number 499 on Thursday, Jan. 18, during the Wildcats' game at Southern California. Once she surpasses the 500-win plateau, she will be one of only 17 active Division I coaches to reach that mark.

The most successful coach in Arizona women's basketball history, the 48-year-old Bonvicini holds a 173-107 mark in 10 seasons with the Wildcats and is 498-178 in 22 years as a collegiate head coach. After taking over an Arizona program that was one of the worst in the nation, Bonvicini has compiled more wins at the UA than all six of the previous Wildcat coaches combined.

In what was supposed to be a rebuilding season, Bonvicini has guided a young Wildcat squad to a No. 19 ranking in the AP poll and a school-record 14-2 start this year, including a 4-0 mark in Pac-10 play. This is the first time in the history of the program that the Cats have opened Pac-10 play with a 4-0 record.

Prior to taking over at the UA, Bonvicini led Long Beach State to 10 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including two trips to the Final Four. She registered a 325-71 mark in 12 seasons with the 49ers.

Bonvicini garnered career win No. 300 on Mar. 10, 1990, while at Long Beach State (85-83 over Pacific). Her 400th career victory came on Dec. 1, 1996 -- ironically, it was a 97-57 win with the Wildcats over Long Beach State. Bonvicini's 498th career win was an 88-72 victory over Washington at home on Jan. 13.


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