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20070412 Women?s Basketball Signs Two Players For 2007-08
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/12/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Tucson</SPAN></B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona women&rsquo;s basketball head coach Joan Bonvicini announced Thursday that Ify Ibekwe (Carson, Calif., Narbonne HS) and Sarah Hays (Oracle, Ariz., Chandler-Gilbert CC) have signed National-Letters-of-Intent to attend school and play basketball for the Wildcats next winter.<?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"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Ibekwe, from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Carson</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, averaged 21.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, 3.9 assists, and 2.8 steals a game as a senior at Narbonne HS, helping the Gauchos to the Marine League Title.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-1 forward earned Marine League Most Valuable Player honors, and was a Daily Breeze, Los Angeles City Section, and All Dream-Team Southern California First Team selection.<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">Ibekwe comes from a family of accomplished athletes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Her oldest brother Onyekachi played collegiate basketball at <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oklahoma</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> before finishing his career at <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Long Beach</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType>, and earned an NFL contract as a rookie free agent with the <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">San Francisco</st1:place></st1:City> 49ers in 2006.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Her older brother Ekene, a four-year letterwinner at Maryland, finished his senior season in which he averaged 10.4 points and 7.8 rebounds a game as a starting forward for the Terrapins, and her older sister, Chinyere, finished her sophomore season at UCLA where she averaged 7.7 points and 6.6 rebounds a game as a starting forward for the Bruins.<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">&ldquo;We are very excited to have Ify join our program,&rdquo; Bonvicini said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;She is one of the most athletic and versatile post players coming out of high school and she will have an immediate impact on our team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She runs the floor well, she rebounds well, and I think the sky is the limit for her.&rdquo;<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">Hays, from Oracle, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:place></st1:State>, averaged 18.2 points and 11.4 rebounds a game while shooting 49.2 percent from the field as a two-year letterwinner at Chandler-Gilbert CC.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This past season, the 6-foot-1 forward averaged 20.8 points and 11.1 rebounds a game and was named the ACCAC Player of the Year as well as being a First Team All-American selection.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She was selected to the NJCAA Division II National All-Tournament Team, and earned First Team All-Region and First Team All-ACCAC honors.<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">During the 2005-06 season, Hays averaged 15.9 points and 10.8 rebounds while helping the Coyotes to a 24-10 record.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She earned First Team All-ACCAC honors, and was named the ACCAC Freshman of the Year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She also earned Second Team All-American honors and a spot on the NJCAA Division II National All-Tournament Team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She attended Highland HS in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Gilbert</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place>, where she earned First Team All-Region and All-State honorable mention accolades while helping the Hawks to a state 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">&ldquo;Sarah is a player with a great attitude and a tremendous work ethic,&rdquo; Bonvicini said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;She is a hard worker and plays tough in the post.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She is a winner and her work ethic will pay dividends in our program immediately.&rdquo;<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><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Ibekwe and Hays will join 5-foot-10 guard Tasha Dickey (<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Salt Lake City</st1:City></st1:place>, Brighton HS) as incoming recruits for the 2007-08 season.</SPAN>
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