Junior center Suzy Bofia posted 16 points and 12 rebounds, and freshman forward Rheya Neabors finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead
Sophomore Amina Njonkou posted a team-high 18 points to go with eight rebounds (six offensive), four assists and four steals, and junior Ashley Whisonant finished with 11 points and a team-high five assists.
Eight Wildcats registered 13 minutes of play or more, as 11 players totaled eight minutes of action or more.
The Wildcats pulled away from CSU-Pueblo for good in the second half, using a 27-4 run over 9:24 midway to take a commanding 74-41 lead at the 6:14 mark.
ABOUT THE ANTELOPES:
The Grand Canyon University Antelopes will see their first action of the 2006-07 season against
A QUICK LOOK AT THE WILDCATS:
The Wildcats will welcome back a group of experienced players that accounted for 76 percent of its scoring and 78 percent of its rebounding from a year ago.
Junior Jessica Arnold, and sophomores Whitney Fields, Kelsey Burns, Malia O'Neal, and Amina Njonkou return to this year's lineup, as does senior Linda Pace, who has recovered from season-ending knee injury. Junior Shannon Hobson returns to the post after a redshirt season.
ABOUT THE NEWCOMERS:
Beatrice and Suzy, from
Suzy posted impressive numbers in her two seasons at
Rhaya and Rheya Neabors are also twins from
The winningest coach in
Under Bonvicini's tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 10 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history. During this time,
Bonvicini's success is mirrored in her players' accolades. She has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-America selections, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 21 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 11 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 266-182 (.594) mark at
THE REST OF THE STAFF:
Kellee Barney (
Todd Holthaus (Grand Canyon, 1995): Enters his second season with the Wildcats after serving as the head coach at
Jonelle Streed (
Sophomore Amina Njonkou was all over the floor for
RUN IT, RUN IT:
The Wildcats pulled away from CSU-Pueblo for good in the second half, using a 27-4 run over 9:24 midway to take a 74-41 lead at the 6:14 mark, and would lead by as many as 35 in the second half.
Forwards Amina Njonkou and Rheya Neabors, and center Suzy Bofia supplied
Sophomore Kelsey Burns continued her hot pace from the field after finishing with 22 points, including a 6-of-7 mark from three-point land in the second half of the Red & Blue game. Against the Thunderwolves, Burns finished with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field, including a 1-of-1 mark from behind the arc in just nine minutes of action.
HE’S A LOPE:
Assistant coach Todd Holthaus will get to face his alma mater on Monday night, as Holthaus is a 1995 graduate of
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN PAC-10:
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as
Like every season,
Last season, the Pacific-10 Conference placed six teams in the NCAA Tournament (
GET IT STARTED:
With Joan Bonvicini at the program's helm, the Wildcats have won 12 of their 15 season openers. Last year,