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By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 10, 2010
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Nov. 10, 2010

Niya Butts previews the Wichita State game.

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TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats and the Wichita State Shockers will officially start the 2010-11 women's basketball slate with a contest in Charles Koch Arena on Fri., Nov. 12. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. CT.

All Wildcat games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400. All broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pre-game show. Entering their third season calling Arizona Wildcat women's basketball games will be Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Alysiah Bond (color). Live stats and audio are available at

Last time out, sophomore Davellyn Whyte scored 28 points and the Wildcats topped the Western State College Mountaineers, 109-62, in exhibition play at McKale Center. Whyte led all scorers with 28 points. She also pitched in with six rebounds and went 5-of-8 from behind the arc. Including Whyte, five Wildcats scored in double-digit figures. Junior guard Shanita Arnold scored 22 points and picked her first double-double with 15 assists.

Freshman Erica Barnes had a standout game on both sides of the court. She scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. Junior guard Brooke Jackson notched 13 points and senior Ify Ibekwe also contributed with 12 points. Ibekwe also added 12 rebounds to the team total.

Arizona was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 Preseason Poll. Ten-time defending champion Stanford was picked to add another crown to its mantle. In a vote by the league media, the Wildcats were picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 Conference this season, it was announced in the preseason poll. Additionally, senior forward Ify Ibekwe was named preseason All-Pac-10 by the league's media members.

The Wichita State Shockers were picked to finish fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference this season. The Shockers grabbed their first postseason win in school history during the 2009-10 season and posted 18 wins overall -- third-most in school history. Their 18 wins last season marked the most Shocker victories overall since the 1999-00 season. Wichita State's 14 home wins in 2009-10 set a school record.

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