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Women's Basketball Caps Off Busy Weekend
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 14, 2012
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Oct. 14, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. -

Head Coach Niya Butts

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Head Coach Niya Butts and the University of Arizona women’s basketball team finished off a busy weekend on Sunday after hosting various events at McKale Center in preparation for the 2012-13 season.

On Friday, the Wildcats invited members from various Boys and Girls Clubs around the city to come participate in team drills, a locker room tour and question and answer session with the team and coaches.

On Sunday, the team returned to McKale to host season ticket holders for “Butts Camp,” a unique version of a Coach Butts-led practice with staff and student athletes on-site.

The players and coaches then hosted a “Meet the Team” event, where the players and coaches introduced themselves, Coach Butts previewed the upcoming season and answered questions from the fans.

The Wildcats’ busy preseason continues on Monday, Oct. 15, when the players and coaches will deliver tickets to season ticket holders.

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Coach Butts quotes from the question and answer session:

On getting to the foul line this season:

“We will need to attack more and we are going to be able to do that because we have a lot of players that can make shots. Now once we get there, we are just going to have to make them.”

On the impact of the new Pac-12 Networks:

“The network will bring visibility and more opportunity—as you know, our team is from all different places. It will give families an opportunity to see them more on tv and it will also help recruiting. On the east coast, they don’t really see a whole lot of things that go on on the west coast, so this network is going to be really useful for tv, but also internet. You’re going to be able to get it wherever you are.”

On the 2011-12 season:

“I think injuries played a part in the second half of the season last year. Obviously, Candice (Warthen) started out with a bang last year, not just offensively, but even moreso defensively. She got hurt and losing Cheshi (Poston)—losing both of those young ladies at the same time—I just don’t think our team was prepared for that. At the time, Candice was averaging 15-16 points a game and was doing things defensively to help our team. And when you lose an inside post player that changes the game for you defensively, it hurts you. This year, we are making sure we are healthy, that is number one. Obviously, this year, there are a lot more faces than you saw last year. We are really looking forward to this season.”

On the passing game:

“I think we are certainly improving in all areas. We have got to be able to catch the ball and pass the ball. Those are the fundamentals of basketball and I believe we will be ready to do that.”

On keeping up with fast teams:

“I think we can run with anybody.”

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