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Ibekwe Named to Naismith Watch List
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/31/2008
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Dec. 31, 2008

TUCSON - University of Arizona sophomore forward Ify Ibekwe was named to the Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List, a group of players who will provide the eventual winner of the prestigious award.

The list of players, selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Directors on December 19, is based on player performances from the previous season and expectations for the 2008-09 season. The early list does not include freshmen, but they will be included when the first round of voting takes place in February of 2009.

The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T will be presented at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in St. Louis, Mo. In February, the Naismith Trophy voting academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country, will narrow the preseason list down to its Top 30. Those players plus any who distinguish themselves during the season will be eligible for the final vote in March.

Ibekwe earned local and national recognition after earning All-Pac-10 Freshman team honors last season after averaging 10.4 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game while also tallying a team-leading 30 blocked shots.

Arizona (7-4) opens Pac-10 play this Friday, January 2 against #13/9-ranked California with tip-off scheduled in the McKale Center scheduled for 7 p.m. 2008-09

Naismith Trophy early season watch list

Last Name, First Name (Class, Position, School)
Allison, Rachel (Sr., Forward, Baylor)
Appel, Jayne (Jr. Forward/Center Stanford)
Barlow, Ashley (Jr., Guard, Notre Dame)
Black, Chante (Sr., Center, Duke)
Bonner, DeWanna (Sr., Guard, Auburn)
Bowman, Heather (Jr., Forward, Gonzaga)
Brown, Arnika (So., Forward, Western Kentucky)
Cann, Jernisha (Sr., Forward, IUPUI)
Cassidy, Carlee (Jr., Guard, Maryland-Baltimore County)
Charles, Tina (Jr., Center, Connecticut)
Cirone, Kristi (Sr., Guard, Illinois State)
Clark, Alysha (Jr., Forward, Middle Tennessee)
Coleman, Marissa (Sr., Guard/Forward, Maryland)
Criner, Dellena (Sr., Guard, Nevada)
DeHaan, Allyssa (Jr., Center Michigan, State)
DeLaHoussaye, Tiera (Sr., Guard, Western Michigan)
Dixon, Erin (Sr., Forward, Texas-Arlington)
Ellis, Krystal (Sr., Guard, Marquette)
Evans, Dawn (So., Guard, James Madison)
Fitz, Rachele (Jr., Forward, Marist)
Guffey, Amber (Sr., Guard, Murray State)
Harris, Amber (Jr., Forward, Xavier)
Houghton, Britni (Jr., Forward, Central Michigan)
Houts, Ashley (Jr., Guard, Georgia)
Ibekwe, Ify (So., Forward, Arizona)
Jackson, Amber (Sr., Forward, North Texas)
Jaeschke, Amy (So., Center, Northwestern)
Lavender, Jantel (So., Center, Ohio State)
Lomax, Judie (So., Forward, Columbia)
Marginean, Gabriela (Jr., Forward, Drexel)
McCants, Rashanda (Sr., Guard/Forward, North Carolina)
McCoughtry, Angel (Sr., Forward, Louisville)
Mitchell, Phyllisha (Sr., Forward, Tennessee-Martin)
Montgomery, Renee (Sr., Guard, Connecticut)
Moore, Maya (So., Forward, Connecticut)
Paris, Courtney (Sr., Center, Oklahoma)
Phillips, Ta’Shia (So., Center, Xavier)
Prince, Epiphanny (Jr., Guard, Rutgers)
Riley, Andrea (Jr., Guard, Oklahoma State)
Smith, Jenna (Jr., Center, Illinois)
Starks, Takia (Sr., Guard, Texas A&M)
Toliver, Kristi (Sr., Guard, Maryland)
Vaughn, Kia (Sr., Center, Rutgers)
Walker, Ashley (Sr., Forward/Center, California)
Waner, Abby (Sr., Guard, Duke)
Warburton, Morgan (Sr., Guard, Utah)
Wirth, Christina (Sr., Forward, Vanderbilt)
Womack, Noteisha (Sr., Forward, Seton Hall)
Wright, Monica (Jr., Guard, Virginia)
Zellous, Shavonte (Sr., Guard, Pittsburgh)

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