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20070410 Arizona Women's Basketball 2006-07 Season-In-Review
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Release: 04/10/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">THE 2006-07 SEASON: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The University of Arizona women's basketball team finished the 2006-07 with an 11-21 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the Pac-10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> finished the season on a high note as the Wildcats played some of their best basketball down the stretch, despite battling one of the toughest schedules in the nation and a slew of injuries the entire year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> won four of its last nine games, with impressive wins at UCLA, and over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament before a strong showing in the season finale against Stanford.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With a solid cast of returning players, look for the Wildcats to keep the momentum rolling in 2007-08.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A LOOK AT <st1:State w:st="on">ARIZONA</st1:State>: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> averaged 63.1 points a game while shooting 39.7 percent (761-1916) from the field, 26.8 percent (135-504) from three-point range, and 67.7 percent (363-536) from the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have also tallied 279 steals (8.71 spg) off of 627 opponent turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">TEAM LEADERS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Senior Joy Hollingsworth led the Wildcats in scoring with 16.2 points per game, as well as eight other statistical categories.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Hollingsworth also averaged team highs in minutes played with 34.7, steals with 2.1 per game, and led the team in field goals made (189), three-point field goals made (63) and free throws made (77).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Ashley Whisonant averaged 11.9 points a game and a team-best 3.6 assists per contest.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sophomore Amina Njonkou flourished in her first full season of collegiate basketball, posting 8.4 points and a team-leading 6.7 rebounds a game.<SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ARIZONA</SPAN></B></st1:State><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> HEAD COACH JOAN BONVICINI: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The winningest coach in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> women's basketball history, Joan Bonvicini has taken the Wildcat program from obscurity into the national limelight. In her 16 seasons at the helm, Bonvicini has guided the Wildcats to nine postseason appearances, including seven NCAA Tournament berths and a WNIT Championship.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Under Bonvicini's tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 11 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history. During this time, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has been nationally ranked multiple times, including a best ever ranking of No. 7 in 1998. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Bonvicini's success is mirrored in her players' accolades. She has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-America selections, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 22 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 15 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 277-203 (.577) mark at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> and is 602-274 (.687) in 28 years as a head coach.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She has a career record of 24-17 in NCAA Tournament play and has lost just two first-round games in 17 tourney appearances.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">WIN #600: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> witnessed a historic milestone during the season as head coach Joan Bonvicini joined an elite group in women&rsquo;s basketball history.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Bonvicini earned her 600th career victory on Feb. 8, as the Wildcats defeated Oregon State, 65-61.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She became the 18th women's basketball coach in NCAA Division I history to accomplish the 600-win plateau.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Bonvicini earned The Women&rsquo;s Basketball Coaches Association 2007 Russell Athletic/WBCA Victory Club Award, honoring her for winning her 600<SUP>th</SUP> career victory this season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Russell Athletic/WBCA Victory Club Award is presented to each WBCA-member head coach who achieves career wins of 200, 300, 400, 500 or more, in 100 victory increments. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">HOLLINGSWORTH NAMED TO ALL-PAC-10 TEAM:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Senior Joy Hollingsworth represented <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> on the 2007 All-Pacific-10 Conference team as an honorable mention selection.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was the first All-Pac-10 honor of her career.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">FOUR CATS EARN ALL-PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> senior Linda Pace, juniors Jessica Arnold and <st1:place w:st="on">Shannon</st1:place> Hobson, and sophomore Kelsey Burns each received Pac-10 Women&rsquo;s Basketball All-Academic honorable mention honors.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pace, from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">San Diego</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, earned honorable mention honors for the second consecutive season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 5-foot-9 guard started the final nine games of the season, helping the Wildcats to four wins over that span.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a starter, Pace averaged 3.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in 21.6 minutes per game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Pace is set to graduate in May with a degree in accounting and boasts a 3.0 grade point average.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arnold</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place>, earned the second honorable mention honor of career.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arnold</st1:place></st1:City> started 20 of the 31 games she played in this season and averaged 7.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 21.2 minutes per game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 5-foot-4 guard led the team in scoring on two different occasions, shot 76.3 percent (45-59) from the free throw line, and was second on the team with 31 three point field goals made.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arnold</st1:place></st1:City> owns a 3.1 GPA and is majoring in business.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Hobson, a Perris, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, native earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors for the first time in her career.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-2 forward played in all 32 games this season for the Wildcats, making 19 starts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting a team-high 46.7 percent (49-105) from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Hobson, who graduated from the UA last December with a degree in psychology, is currently continuing her education as a graduate student.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Burns, from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Seattle</st1:place></st1:City>, received the first honorable mention honors of her career.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 5-foot-11 guard made 15 appearances this season, averaging 7.3 minutes per contest.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She posted a season-high 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, including a 2-of-5 mark from three point range to go with two rebounds in a season-best 20 minutes of action against Stanford on Jan. 25 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Burns owns a 3.1 GPA as a psychology major.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">2006-07 TEAM AWARDS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Most Valuable Player:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Joy Hollingsworth<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Defensive MVP: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Linda Pace<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Most Improved Player:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Malia O&rsquo;Neal<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Freshman of the Year:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Rhaya Neabors<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Hustle Award: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Marie McGee<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Most Inspirational: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Marie McGee, Whitney Fields<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Academic Award: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Jessica Arnold<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Golden &ldquo;A&rdquo; Award: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Joy Hollingsworth<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Polkey Award: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Linda Pace<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">PAC-10 RANKINGS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><A name=OLE_LINK6></A><A name=OLE_LINK5><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK6"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona was one of the top teams in the Pac-10 this past season at forcing turnovers on the opposition and handling the ball on the offensive side.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats ranked third in the conference in steals with 8.72 per game, and owned a +1.62 turnover margin, third best in the Pac-10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Individually for </SPAN></SPAN></A><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK6"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK6"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, Joy Hollingsworth ranked eighth in points per game (16.2), second in steals (2.13), third in three-point field goals made (63), and seventh in minutes played (34.7).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Ashley Whisonant ranked eighth in assists with 3.61 per game, and Amina Njonkou ranked 10<SUP>th</SUP> in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.7 rpg), and second in the conference with 98 offensive rebounds.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK5"></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK6"></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">WHISONANT REACHES 1,000 POINT MARK:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Junior Ashley Whisonant scored her 1,000<SUP>th</SUP> career point against Stanford in the second round of the Pac-10 Tournament on March 3 in the Wildcats season finale.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Whisonant finished with 18 points, vaulting her to 1,003 points in her career.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Whisonant hit a jumper at the 15:28 mark in the second half against the Cardinal to reach the 1,000 point milestone.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She sank another on the Wildcats&rsquo; next possession at the 14:43 mark for 1,003 career points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Bowie</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Md.</st1:State></st1:place>, native, needed just 93 games to reach 1,003 points, for a 10.8 points per game average.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She becomes the 11<SUP>th</SUP> player in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> history to reach the 1,000 point milestone, surpassing Melissa Handley (1989-92) and her 1,000 career points for 10<SUP>th</SUP> all-time.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The 5-foot-8 point guard becomes the fifth fast player in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> history to reach 1,000 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a senior next season, Whisonant will have a chance to break into the top five on the all-time scoring list.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD: </SPAN></B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> was 8-4 during the 2006-07 season when leading at halftime.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CARDIAC CATS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">During the 2006-07</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> season, the Wildcats succeeded in the close ball games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> was 7-4 in games decided by five points or less.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Five of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>'s last nine games of the season were decided by five points or less, with the Wildcats owning a 3-2 record in those games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">MAGIC NUMBER:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> On the season, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> was 5-3 when scoring 70 points or more in a game, including a season-high 83 points scored in its season-opening win against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All-time, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 176-21 (.893) when scoring 80 points or more, as the Wildcats are 129-14 (.902) under head coach Joan Bonvicini when reaching the 80 point plateau. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">RUN IT, RUN IT:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">During the 2006-07 season, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> showed the ability to put together some large scoring runs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Here is a breakdown of some of the Wildcats' major scoring-streaks:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">21 points: 30-9 run over the final 6:53 of the first half at UTEP<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Long Beach</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 16-0 run over 3:13 in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Maryland</st1:State></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">15 points: 15-0 run over 4:40 in the first half vs. GW<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Long Beach</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 12-0 run over 4:07 in the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 14-2 run over 7:39 in the first half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 16-4 run over 5:16 in the second half vs. Stanford<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 17-5 run over 3:30 in the second half vs. UCLA<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 12-0 run over 5:55 in first half vs. NC State<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 10-0 run over 3:54 in the first half vs. USC<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">WATCH YOUR POCKETS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this past season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has tallied 279 steals (8.72 spg) on the year, which is third best in the Pac-10. UA has also forced 627 opponent turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats recorded double-figures in steals in 14 games during the season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">DOUBLING UP:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Two Wildcats recorded double-doubles this season, as sophomore Amina Njonkou led <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> with four followed by one for sophomore Malia O&rsquo;Neal.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Njonkou registered four double-doubles of the points and rebounds variety, her first one with a career-high 17 points and 11 rebounds against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> in the season opener.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Fresno</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Njonkou finished with 15 points and a career-best 13 rebounds, as she posted her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds against USC on Jan. 18.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She also finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds against Stanford on Jan. 25. O&rsquo;Neal registered <SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">career-highs of 12 points and 11 assists for her first career double-double in the win at UCLA on Feb 15.</SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">BRING IT:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Like every season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> competed against some of the toughest competition in the nation.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats faced 10 teams that were in the NCAA Tournament&rsquo;s field of 64.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> took on two No. 2 seeds in <st1:State w:st="on">Maryland</st1:State> and Stanford, a No. 3 seed in <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType>, two No. 4 seeds in Texas A&amp;M and NC State, a No. 5 seed in George Washington, two No. 8 seeds in <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State> and <st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State>, a No. 10 seed in TCU, and No. 11 seeded <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> during the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> was able to notch wins against TCU and NC State.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> also played 11 games during the 2006-07 season against ranked opponents.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ATTENDANCE:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> averaged 1,863 fans in 15 games during the 2006-07 season at home in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That mark is up from the 2005-06 season in which the Wildcats averaged 1,797 fans a game in 14 home contests.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> owned a 6-9 record at home, including a 4-2 mark in the non-conference schedule.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats&rsquo; largest crowd of the season in <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> was 2,972 for the season finale against arch-rival <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Feb. 24.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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