June 19, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona women's basketball coach Joan Bonvicini announced Tuesday that Mandakova Clark has transferred to the program and will be eligible for the 2002-03 season.
Clark, a 5-foot-8, freshman guard from Baltimore, Md., was a member of a Rutgers University club that posted a 23-8 record and advanced to the second round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. She saw action in 20 games. Due to NCAA transfer requirements, she will not be eligible until the 2002-03 season.
"We're excited to sign a player of Mandy's caliber," said Bonvicini. "Her quickness and athletic ability will mesh well with our style of play. I think the year off will really help her make the adjustment to our program."
A 2000 graduate of Milford Mill Academy in Pikeville, Md., Clark averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.0 steals as a senior and led the squad to a 25-5 record and berth in the state tournament semifinals. She was a first team all-state pick in each of her four years of high school and was named 2000 Player of the Year in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
She totaled 1,810 points and 750 rebounds in her four-year career and was one of 40 players selected to tryout for the 2000 Junior Olympic Team. Clark was rated as the No. 16 player in the nation as a high school senior by the All-Star Girls Report and No. 23 by rivals.com. She was also a USA Today preseason Top-25 selection and earned third team All-America accolades from the Women's Basketball News Service.
The Wildcats finished the 2000-01 campaign with a 20-12 record and earned a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The squad also posted a 5-1 record on its recent 16-day tour of Italy.