Feb. 28, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. (Feb. 28) - Two University of Arizona women's basketball players earned Pac-10 Conference honors, announced the league office on Thursday at the kickoff banquet for the first-ever State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament in Eugene, Ore. Guard Dee-Dee Wheeler was chosen Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, while teammate Elizabeth Pickney, a senior forward, was selected to the All-Pac-10 Team.
Dee-Dee Wheeler was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, becoming the first UA player to earn this award since Adia Barnes in 1995 and only the second player ever to earn the award. Along with four other conference rookies, Wheeler was also named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Arizona has had a player on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team for each of the last six seasons.
Wheeler leads Arizona in steals (54) and assists per game (3.4) and is the squad's second-leading scorer (12.6 ppg). She has reached double digits in scoring in 19 games this season, marking the highest number of double-digit performances for a Wildcat freshman since Elizabeth Pickney tallied 19 in her rookie season (1998-99). Among Pac-10 players, Wheeler ranks sixth in both steals (2.00 spg) and three-point field goal percentage (.412), eighth in assists (3.41 apg) and 10th in field goal percentage (.475), three-point field goals made per game (1.48 pg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.95). She ranks 11th in the conference in scoring (12.6 ppg), to lead all Pac-10 freshmen.
Elizabeth Pickney was also named to first team All-Pac-10 for the second year in a row. She is Arizona's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, averaging 16.3 points and 8.0 boards per game (sixth and fifth, respectively, in the Pac-10). This season she became Arizona's all-time leader in blocked shots with 146 (No. 8 on the Pac-10 career chart). She also owns Arizona's all-time games started record with 111.
The Pac-10 tournament will run Mar. 1-4, and No. 6 seed Arizona begins tournament play on Saturday, Mar. 2, against No. 3 seed and rival Arizona State at 2:15 p.m. PST.