Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Basketball March Newsletter
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 24, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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New Trials-New Talents

Beginning the season with the tragic loss of Shawntinice "Polkey" Polk on September 26, 2005, the Wildcat women chose to be

This year has been full of injuries for the Wildcats, but with each passing game they became stronger and new talents have emerged. This team has had its share of heartache and setbacks this season, but they have been determined to be

Class of '06

Arizona Women’s Basketball has recruited potentially one of the best classes at The University of Arizona, according to head coach Joan Bonvicini. 

The class includes forwards Rheya and Rhaya Neabors from Troy High School in Chino, California, centers Beatrice and Suzanne Bofia from Illinois Central College by way of Yaounde, Cameroon, and guard Marie McGee of Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, N.M.

The Neabors twins, nicknamed the “Twin Powers,” can play any position from post to point.  They are coming from a high school where the style of play is similar to The University of Arizona, an up-tempo and pressing style of basketball.

The Bofia twins, nicknamed the “Twin Towers,” are the tallest twins in the world, standing at 6-6 and 6-7.  Both twins are highly athletic and can play a fast tempo game.  “They are highly skilled with great mobility,” Bonvicini says. 

Completing the class is McGee, 5-8 guard.  McGee has twice been named all district and all state honorable mention.  She is an outstanding athlete and will look to play the point and off guard positions.

Registration is Now Open for JB Hoop Camp06

It is time to register for the Joan Bonvicini Hoop Camp.  Coach Joan Bonvicini and her staff will conduct four camps this year:

Parent / Child Camp: June 9-11, 2006

Team Camp: June 16-18, 2006

Overnight Fundamental Camp: June 22-25, 2006

Day Camp: July 31-August 4, 2006

Each camp focuses on the fundamentals of basketball while having fun. 

If you would like to sponsor a child or contribute to scholarships for campers, please contact the Basketball Office at (520) 621-4014.

For more information, prices and online registration, please log on to

 Chappell Named Vice Chair of SAAC

 In addition to her other positions and obligations with Pac-10 and NCAA , Anna Chappell has recently been named Vice Chair of the National Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).  Chappell has been busy traveling to meet with other student-athletes making decisions that effect fellow student- athletes across the nation. 

Meeting with other officials, Chappell’s committees look to improve the overall image of all student  athletes.  Chappell plans to pursue a career in athletic administration.

Note Date Change

Join us to congratulate this team on their achievements and hard work this season.

The team banquet will be held Tuesday, March 21st at 5:00 p.m. in the Jim Click Hall of Champions.

For more information, please contact Jill Hall at (520) 621-2331.

Polkey's Jersey Retired

In a ceremony following the Stanford game on Saturday, February 18th, Shawntinice Polk’s jersey, the famous #00, was unveiled and will hang in McKale Center becoming the first women’s basketball player in Arizona history to have her number retired.  The team celebrated the life of their teammate and recognized seniors, Anna Chappell, Natalie Jones and former player, Phakisha Peterson, on Senior Day.  Governor Janet Napolitano and University President, Dr. Peter Likins, sat on the bench and joined the team in the post game ceremonies.

On the Road with the CATS

Video Coordinator and second year graduate student Jonelle Streed sends out post-game emails to TOPCAT members. An irreplaceable force on the staff, Streed's e-mails have offered insight into the road games. Exclusive to TOPCAT members, the post-game e-mail allows readers to take a closer look into the breakdown of the game.

Streed's knowledge as a former player, combined with her role in video breakdown, scouting, film exchange and recruiting, takes readers on a journey, giving them up-to-date information on the team and its progress.

 Longtime TopCat Member Relocates

Farewell to TOPCAT board member Scott McKinzie, who relocated to the Bay Area. Recently Scott announced that he had sold his business as a dentist and was relocating to Berkeley with his wife and family.

He has been an active member of the TOPCATS and a faithful Wildcat Women's Basketball fan for many years. We will truly miss Scott and wish them the best of luck as they embark on their new life.

2006 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament

Held at HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, Friday, March 3rd through Monday, March 6th.

For information on travel, lodging and tickets, go to:

Call Dave Herman at 408-999-6859 or Ryo Abiko at 408-999-5733.

Women's Basketball Welcomes Erika Hanson

Former UA softball player, Erika Hanson returned to Arizona in the office of Marketing and Development, where she coordinates the marketing for Women’s Basketball and Softball.

Erika has developed a new marketing plan to help raise the attendance and awareness for the Women’s Basketball program.  Working long hours and attending many events, Hanson is determined to implement the marketing plan and to increase the fan base of the Women’s Basketball Team.

Hanson’s dedication and commitment can be seen in all aspects of her job.  The Arizona Women’s Basketball program is happy to welcome Erika Hanson to our team.

 "Polkey" Bracelets

Are available at the Ticket Office for $2.00.

All proceeds go to the Shawntinice Polk Endowment Fund.


WB Welcome Coach Barnes