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Polk Inducted into UA Sports Hall of Fame
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 08, 2011
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Nov. 8, 2011

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TUCSON - In a ceremony Friday night at McKale Center, former Arizona Wildcat women's basketball player Shawntinice "Polkey" Polk was inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. Former Arizona head coach Joan Bonviciniand members of Polk's family were in attendance to accept the award on her behalf. In addition to the Hall of Fame ceremonies, Arizona women's basketball also hosted a reunion for visiting alumni.

When Polk's career came to a tragic end on Sept. 26, 2005, she was a Wade Trophy and Wooden Award candidate. Polk was Arizona's career leader with 46 double-doubles and she collected 79 double-digit scoring performances. In her career, she had 21 games with 20 or more points and 12 performances of 15 or more rebounds.

Arizona's career leader in blocked shots with 222, she ranks No. 2 on UA's career rebounding average list (9.7 rpg), third in rebounds (914), second in field goal percentage (.573), No. 4 in field goals made (604), fifth in scoring average (15.6 ppg) and points scored (1,467), 10th in free throws made (259) and eighth in free throws attempted (454) and 10th in games started (89) and field goals attempted (1,054). At Washington on Feb. 28, 2004, Polk became the fastest UA player and first Wildcat sophomore to break the 1,000-point mark in career scoring.

The Wildcats will officially open the season with non-conference matchups at Georgia Southern on Nov. 11 and at Georgia State on Nov. 13. The home opener is scheduled for Nov. 17 against Wichita State. For tickets to the women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.

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