Dec. 30, 2010
TUCSON - University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball will begin the Pac-10 portion of the 2010-11 schedule on Friday with a game against the Oregon Ducks at 3 p.m. at McKale. The Wildcats have won four-straight games and five of their last six. Here's a look back at a successful non-conference season.
For the first time since the 2004-05 season, Arizona is 9-2 to start the season. For the first time since the 2001-02 season, the Wildcats were 3-0 to start the season after a 72-70 win at Ole Miss. For the first time since the 1999-2000 season, Arizona opened the season with four-straight victories.
The Wildcats have racked up an overall record of 9-2, a home record of 5-0, a road record of 3-1 and a neutral record of 1-1. Road wins came on the home courts of Wichita State, Ole Miss and New Mexico.
Arizona has three players averaging double-digit scoring in sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.5), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (15.1) and senior forward Soana Lucet (13.5). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 10.0 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 6.1 assists per game.
Currently, Wildcat players lead the Pac-10 in rebounds (Ibekwe, 100, 10.0), assists (Arnold, 67, 6.1) and defensive rebounds (Ibekwe, 66, 6.6) per game. Additionally, the squad leads the Pac-10 in defensive rebounds per game (328, 29.8).
Ibekwe is making the most of her final season with the Wildcats. In 10 games played, she's averaging 15.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game with seven games in double-digit scoring. In her last eight outings, she's averaged 17.6 points per game and scored in double digits in all but one of those contests. She had double-doubles in the wins over Ole Miss and North Texas.
Arnold is making a splash in her first season with the Wildcats. Starting all 11 games thus far, she's played a team leading 30.7 minutes per game. She averages a Pac-10 leading 6.1 assists per game with 67 total in 11 contests. She's dished out at least six assists in six games and handed out nine assists in three games.
Arizona's main contributors off the bench are coming from its two youngest players. Freshman Erica Barnes is averaging 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in 18.9 minutes. Freshman Candice Warthen is averaging 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 20.4 minutes. Barnes also has three double-doubles this season while Warthen picked one up in the won over Northern Arizona.
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Niya Butts recaps the non-conference season.