March 15, 2012
TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team finished the season with a 15-17 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament. Additionally, Arizona's 11-1 start in 2011-12 was the best in program history since the 1999-2000 season. Head coach Niya Butts earned her 60th career win with UA's 58-56 win at Oregon State on Jan. 14.
Junior guard Davellyn Whyte led the squad with 17.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She started all 32 games and averaged 33.9 points per game. The Wildcats also got double-digit efforts from sophomore guard Candice Warthen (11.7), sophomore forward Erica Barnes (10.8) and senior guard Shanita Arnold (10.0). In 32 total games, the Wildcats put together 12 different starting line-ups with all 10 active players on the roster earning at least one starting nod.
By a vote of the league coaches, Whyte was named All-Pac-12 for the third-straight season. Center Aley Rohde was named honorable mention Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. In a vote by the league media, Whyte earned all-conference honors.
Arizona played 18 of its 32 games away from Tucson this season. The Wildcats were 6-8 on the road and 2-2 at a neutral site. With wins at Georgia Southern, Georgia State, New Mexico State, BYU-Hawai'i and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 11-Dec. 18, 2011), UA won five-straight road games for the first time since Dec. 29, 1999-Feb. 6, 2000.
Warthen was named the Bank of the West Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 14. Earning her first career conference honor, she led Arizona to two road wins against Georgia Southern and Georgia State, averaging 24.5 points per game, to officially open the 2011-12 season. She scored a career high 36 points, including five three pointers, in the win over Georgia State.
In the 87-73 road loss at Oregon, freshman guard Erin Butler was 7-of-10 from behind the arc and 8-of-12 from the field. She is the first Wildcat to make seven treys in a game since Dee-Dee Wheeler in a 96-80 win over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 16, 2004. She also matched the school record for made threes in a game and in a Pac-12 game.
In the 88-46 win at Georgia Southern, Arizona set the school record for the most three pointers made in a game with 15. The Wildcats replaced the previous best of 13 vs. Stanford on Jan. 12, 1998. Also in the 87-73 road loss at Oregon, the squad matched the school record for three pointers made in a Pac-12 game with 13. UA matched the best of 13 vs. Stanford on Jan. 12, 1998.