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03-11 Team Awards
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/11/2008
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Tucson , Ariz. ?C Senior guard Ashley Whisonant was named the Arizona womenˇ?s basketball Most Valuable Player for the 2007-08 season, head coach Joan Bonvicini announced Tuesday at the teamˇ?s annual banquet, as voted on by the players.

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Whisonant was also named the teamˇ?s Defensive MVP, junior forward Sarah Hays was selected as the Most Improved Player, and forward Ify Ibekwe earned Freshman of the Year honors.

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Whisonant, an All-Pac-10 Second Team honoree, averaged a team-high 15.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists a game while snagging 1.8 steals a contest.? She also averaged a team-high 37.3 minutes per contest.? Whisonant ranked third in the Pac-10 in scoring average, first in assists per game, and first in minutes per game.?

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On the season, Whisonant moved up nine spots on the all-time Arizona scorers list, and finished her career ranked fifth all-time with 1,451 career points in 122 games (11.9 career ppg average).? With 23 points against Washington on Feb. 21, she became just the fifth player in school history to amass 1,400 career points.

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Whisonant posted double-figures in points in 24 of 29 games, including 15 of her last 17.

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Hays, from Oracle, Ariz., had a solid first season with the Wildcats.? She averaged 3.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.2 minutes a contest, making 11 starts in 28 appearances.? As a starter, Hays averaged 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game, starting five of the last seven games of the season.

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In her first season as a Wildcat, Ibekwe, from Carson, Calif., became the first Arizona freshman to be named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team since Shawntinice Polk in 2003.? On the season, Ibekwe led the team with an 8.0 rebounds per game average and 30 blocked shots, and posted 10.4 points a game.? ? Ibekwe ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in rebounding, fifth in blocked shots (1.22 bpg), ninth with a 48.1 field goal percentage, and 18th in scoring, while posting six double-doubles on the season.

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Junior Amina Njonkou and senior Ashley Gilpin earned the teamˇ?s Hustle Award, and senior Jessica Arnold received the Most Inspirational Award.? Njonkou earned the teamˇ?s Academic Award, and Njonkou and sophomore Marie McGee received the Golden ˇ?Aˇ± Award.? The Golden ˇ?Aˇ± Award is given to a player who provides a strong contribution to the success of the team, is a good student, and who makes significant contributions to the teamˇ?s spirit and leadership.

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Hays also received the ˇ?Polkeyˇ± Award, given in honor of Shawntinice Polk.? To receive the Polkey Award, a player must demonstrate the qualities Polkey possessed both on and off the court.? The player must put the team before individual accomplishment, play with heart, and be a great leader and a great inspiration to teammates.

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Arizona finished the 2007-08 season with a 10-20 overall record.

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2007-08 Arizona Womenˇ?s Basketball Team Awards

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Most Valuable Player: Ashley Whisonant

Defensive MVP: ?Ashley Whisonant

Most Improved Player: Sarah Hays

Freshman of the Year: Ify Ibekwe

Hustle Award: ?Amina Njonkou, Ashley Gilpin

Most Inspirational: ?Jessica Arnold

Academic Award: ?Amina Njonkou

Golden ˇ?Aˇ± Award: ?Marie McGee, Amina Njonkou

Polkey Award: Sarah Hays

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