March 29, 2011
TUCSON - University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball senior forward Ify Ibekwe was named 2010-11 Women's Basketball Associated Press All-America Team Honorable Mention, it was announced on Tuesday.
Ibekwe is being recognized by the Associated Press for the second time in her career after earning All-America Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore during the 2008-09 season. This season, she earned Arizona's 20th All-America selection from the various publications and the Wildcats' sixth selection by the Associated Press.
"Ify Ibekwe had a phenomenal season," head coach Niya Butts said. "I still don't think we've seen her best yet. She's immensely talented and really helped put our program on the map. I look forward to seeing what her next move in basketball might be. She's got a great future ahead of her."
Ify Ibekwe paced Arizona women's basketball to a 21-12 record in 2010-11, the best since the 2003-04 season, and the first postseason appearance since the 2004-05 season. Ibekwe led the Cats in scoring with 16.1 points per game and at the glass with 9.8 rebounds per game. She had 14 double-doubles, 25 games in double-digit scoring and 15 games in double-digit rebounding.
She was twice named the Pac-10 Player of the Week during the regular season. For postseason awards, she was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, All-Pac-10 and a member of the Pac-10 All-Defensive team. In the awards given out by the Pac-10 media, Ibekwe was named All-Pac-10 and a member of the All-Pac-10 Defensive Team.
"It's such an honor to be recognized," Ibekwe said. "I owe so much to my teammates and coaches because without them, this recognition wouldn't have happened. We had such an incredible season with ups and downs but we fought through adversity. Being at Arizona for four years, I've been surrounded by amazing players, coaches, fans and wonderful people. I appreciate so much the opportunity to be an Arizona Wildcat."
Ibekwe will end her career as the only player in Arizona history to record 1,000+ points and 1,000+ rebounds and the only player to average a career double-double (14.3 points, 10.3 rebounds). She is Arizona's career leader in rebounds with 1,194 and career leader in double-doubles with 55.
Maya Moore, Connecticut
Brittney Griner, Baylor
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
Danielle Adams, Texas A&M
Jeanette Pohlen, Stanford
Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma
Amber Harris, Xavier
Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga
Nnemka Ogwumike, Stanford
Jasmine Thomas, Duke
Shekinna Strickland, Tennessee
Shenise Johnson, Miami (FL)
Victoria Dunlap, Kentucky
Ta'Shia Phillips, Xavier
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame
Kachine Alexander, Iowa; Angie Bjorklund, Tennessee; Kelsey Bolte, Iowa State; Jessica Breland, North Carolina; Cierra Brevard, Florida State; Kourtney Brown, Buffalo; Sydney Colson, Texas A&M; Jasmine Dixon, UCLA; Elena Delle Donne, Delaware; Dawn Evans, James Madison; Shante Evans, Hofstra; Briana Gilbreth, Southern Cal; Keisha Hampton, DePaul; Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut; Courtney Hurt; Virginia Commonwealth; Ify Ibekwe, ARIZONA; Amy Jaeschke, Northwestern; Jessica Jenkins, Hampton; Adrienne Johnson, Louisiana Tech; Melissa Jones, Baylor; Kalisha Keane, Michigan State; Kevi Luper, Oral Roberts; Deirdre Naughton, DePaul; Yinka Olorunnife, Idaho; Kayla Pedersen, Stanford; Jaime Printy, Iowa; Jence Rhoads, Vanderbilt; Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown; Odyssey Sims, Baylor; Meighan Simmons, Tennessee; Carolyn Swords, Boston College; Riquna Williams, Miami.