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UA Women's Basketball Recruit Receives Preseason Honor
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 02, 2001
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Aug. 2, 2001

University of Arizona women's basketball recruit Shawntinice Polk has been named to the "Top 21 New Players of Impact for 2001-02" list.

A 6-4 center from Hanford (Calif.) High School, Polk earned USA Today, WBCA, Parade and Nike All-America honors as a senior last season. She averaged 16.1 points, 13.1 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game while leading Hanford to its first-ever CIF Division II state championship and a No. 3 national ranking.

Polk is part of an incoming UA recruiting class that has been ranked as high as No. 9 nationally for the Wildcats.

For more information on the Top 21 list, check out

### Top 21 New Players of Impact for 2001-02

Ashley Allen - Ohio State
Jacqueline Batteast - Notre Dame
Courtney Cooper - Florida
Monique Currie - Duke
Clare Droesch - Boston College
Shyra Ely - Tennessee
Kimberly Gipson - Southern California
Sandora Irvin - Texas Christian
Rikki Jackson - Gonzaga
Nicole Kaczmarski - Georgia
Sarah Kwasinski - Northwestern
Debbie Merrill - Cincinnati
Evelina Nhassengo - Old Dominion
Kristen O'Neill - Washington
Tabitha Pool - Michigan
Katie Robinette - Nebraska
Heather Schreiber - Texas
Aiysha Smith - Louisiana State
Erica Smith - Louisiana Tech
Kendra Wecker - Kansas State

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