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20070309 Women?s Basketball Announces Team Awards at Annual Banquet
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/09/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><A name=OLE_LINK2></A><A name=OLE_LINK1><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Tucson, Ariz. ?</SPAN></B></SPAN></A><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Senior guard Joy Hollingsworth was named the Arizona women&rsquo;s basketball Most Valuable Player for the 2006-07 season, head coach Joan Bonvicini announced Thursday night at the team&rsquo;s annual banquet, as voted on by the players.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Senior Linda Pace was named the team&rsquo;s Defensive MVP, sophomore Malia O&rsquo;Neal was selected as the Most Improved Player, and Rhaya Neabers earned Freshman of the Year honors.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Hollingworth, a 2007 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention recipient, led the Wildcats in nine team categories this season, including scoring with 16.2 ppg, the seventh-best mark in the Pac-10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She also averaged 5.3 rebounds a game, second on the team, and led the Wildcats with 2.1 steals per game and 34.7 minutes per game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She finished the season posting 20 or more points in a game 12 times, and scored in double figures in 26 of 32 games, as she was the only Wildcat to start every game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pace led the Wildcats on their surge at the end of the season, starting the last nine games in which she was often given the assignment of guarding the opposing team&rsquo;s best offensive player.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She finished the season averaging 3.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game in 21.6 minutes of action as a starter.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">O&rsquo;Neal also started the last nine games of the season, posting her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 assists against UCLA on Feb. 15.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the season, she averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals a game in 19.0 minutes of action, impressive increases from her freshman season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In her first season as a Wildcat, Rhaya Neabors played in all 32 games, making 14 starts at the forward position.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She averaged 3.7 points, 2.7 rebounds per game in 23.8 minutes of action.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Freshman Marie McGee earned the team&rsquo;s Hustle Award, and was selected along with sophomore Whitney Fields for the Most Inspirational Award.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Jessica Arnold earned the team&rsquo;s Academic Award, and Hollingsworth received the Golden &ldquo;A&rdquo; Award.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pace also received the &ldquo;Polkey&rdquo; Award, given in honor of Shawntinice Polk.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>To receive the Polkey Award, a player must demonstrate the qualities Polkey possessed both on and off the court.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The player must put the team before individual accomplishment, play with heart, and be a great leader and a great inspiration to teammates.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> finished the 2006-07 season with an 11-21 overall record, winning four of its last nine games and advancing to the second round of the Pac-10 Tournament.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN> </P><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">2006-07 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> Women&rsquo;s Basketball Team Awards<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Most Valuable Player:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Joy Hollingsworth<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Defensive MVP: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Linda Pace<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Most Improved Player:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Malia O&rsquo;Neal<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Freshman of the Year:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Rhaya Neabors<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Hustle Award: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Marie McGee<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Most Inspirational: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Marie McGee, Whitney Fields<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Academic Award: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Jessica Arnold<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Golden &ldquo;A&rdquo; Award: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Joy Hollingsworth<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Polkey Award: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Linda Pace<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN> </P>
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