Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Courtside Conversations ? March 13, 2006
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 13, 2006
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This season wasn’t a pretty one for the Arizona women’s basketball team. An 8-22 record is just not good enough, any way you put it. However, one cannot overlook the sudden passing of superstar Shawntinice Polk and the numerous injuries that left Arizona’s bench nearly empty. Now it’s time to haul out the old clich?© ?- “Wait until next year.” But this time, this timeless tradition for losing teams holds real teeth for Arizona.


Let’s begin with the injured players that the Cats expect to have back. Junior post Shannon Hobson should be ready after redshirting this season. Junior post Ch Oh will be past her two concussions that forced her to miss most of the second half of this season. Wing player Linda Pace will be rehabbed after a knee injury and Ashley Whisonant, the junior guard, will have surgery to finally fix an injured shoulder.


Meanwhile, sophomore point guard Malia O’Neal will have another season under her belt and so will Amina Njonkou, who missed most of the 2005-2006 campaign with a stress fracture in her foot. Are you seeing why next season holds promise? You haven’t seen anything yet!


Those of us who watched this team play every night were relegated to the obvious conclusion that Arizona had no inside-game to speak of. Well, that is about to change in a big way. Coming in next year will be two sets of twins and a speedy guard.


Let’s begin with the post and Beatrice and Suzanne Bofia, who have been tabbed as the tallest female twins in the world! They can play, too. This pair of 6-7 and 6-6 post players is currently competing for a junior college national championship for Illinois Central College. So, you have the addition of the “Twin Towers.” Then, you will see the addition of the “Twin Powers.” These 6-1 twins are named Rheya and Rhaya Neabors and they currently own the state of California for Troy High School in Chino.   Completing Arizona’s best recruiting class ever is Marie McGee, an honorable mention all-state standout from New Mexico.


Does the word “reload” come to mind? You bet! The Cats will have an entirely different look next season. Throw in the growing star of freshman Kelsey Burns, the solid work of Joy Hollingsworth, the impressive impact of Jessica Arnold, and look out. The Cats will contend for a Pac-10 title next year!


“You’re crazy,” you say. “A team can’t go from 8-22 to a Pac-10 title in one year!” I say they can and the Wildcats will prove it. After all, haven’t you ever heard the phrase, “Wait until next year?”


Thanks to all of you for your wonderful support of our radio broadcasts and coaches show this season. We will be back next year and it will be bigger and better. Have a great summer!


See you on the radio!

Paul Johnson

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