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Whyte Leaves Legacy as Arizona's Best
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 27, 2013
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March 27, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz. -

As the Arizona women’s basketball team fell to Utah in the Pac-12 Tournament earlier this month, the Wildcats ended their season and senior Davellyn Whyte concluded her playing career at Arizona, finishing as one of the best women’s basketball players to play in the program.

“She has meant a lot to what we are trying to do, she is an all-around player,” Arizona Head Coach  Niya Butts said. “And if you look at her complete body of work aside from post-season play, that’s all you can really ask for in a player.”

Whyte scored 2,059 points, the second-highest point total ever, just 178 shy of Adia Barnes’ 2,237 set from 1995-1998. Only Barnes and Whyte have scored 2,000 points or more in Arizona women’s basketball history.

“She came in and worked,” Butts said. “She has done a lot of good things. She is the second all-time leading scorer and those stats aren’t something you can take away.”

Whyte scored in double figures in 100 games out of the 126 she played. She scored 20 or more points in 35 of those games, 30 or more in five.

In addition to prolific scoring, Whyte finished her career with 266 steals, second-most all time (Dee-Dee Wheeler had 304 from 2002-05), fourth all-time in free throws made (671), eighth-most all-time assists (431) and ninth in rebounding average at 5.5 rpg.

She started and played in every game in her career, started more games (126) and played more minutes (4,243) than any player in Arizona women’s basketball history.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Whyte made history as she scored 31 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out 10 assists for the first triple-double in Arizona women’s basketball history.

All of these stats and many more prove that Whyte was arguably the best all-around player to come through the program.

“She’s a complete player, she knows the game--she thinks the game,” Butts said. “Having the ability to give a girl a ball who wants it and wants to make those plays is always great. She takes charges and throws her body into it.”

Coaches and media around the conference agree—Whyte was a four-time All-Pac-12 selection in the coaches poll and three-time All-Pac-12 selection with the media.

“I think she’ll be even better at the next level,” Butts said. “She sees things before her teammates and when you have a bunch of young athletes ready to do that, you get to show what you’re best at.”

After graduating in May, Whyte will look to continue her impressive basketball career at the professional level. The 2013 WNBA Draft, scheduled to take place on Monday, April 15, will be televised live on ESPN2.


Whyte’s Accomplishments in her Four-Year Career:

National and Conference Honors

-4-time All-Pac 12 selection (Coaches poll)

-3-time All-Pac 12 Selection – 2010 and 2012 (Media)

-2012 second-team Freshman All-American (Full Court Press)

-2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year

-2010 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team

-2012 Preseason All-Pac-12 pick



-scored 2,059 points, which is the second-most in Arizona history (Adia Barnes – 2,237)

-is the second player in AZ WBB history to score 2,000+ points

-recorded the first triple-double in AZ WBB history with 31 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists vs. ASU at McKale on 2/19/13

-started and played in every game in her career

-started in more games than any player in AZ WBB history (126)

-played more minutes than any player in AZ WBB history (4,243; average 35.5)

-scored in double-digits in 100 career games (out of 126)

-scored 20 or more points in 35 games (including 30+)

-scored 30 or more points in five games

-12 double-doubles all-time


Other All-Time Career Numbers

-1st three-pointers attempted (813)

-2nd three-pointers made (274)

-2nd total steals (266)

-3rd field goals made (666)

-3rd average minutes played (33.7)

-3rd free throws attempted (671)

-3rd scoring average (16.3)

-4th free throws made (449)

-4th field goals attempted (1,314)

-7th double-doubles (12)

-8th assists (431)

-8th free throw percentage (.756)

-9th rebounding average (5.5)

-9th three-pointer percentage (.338)




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