THE 2006-07 SEASON: The University of Arizona women's basketball team finished the 2006-07 with an 11-21 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the Pac-10.
A LOOK AT
TEAM LEADERS: Senior Joy Hollingsworth led the Wildcats in scoring with 16.2 points per game, as well as eight other statistical categories. Hollingsworth also averaged team highs in minutes played with 34.7, steals with 2.1 per game, and led the team in field goals made (189), three-point field goals made (63) and free throws made (77). Junior Ashley Whisonant averaged 11.9 points a game and a team-best 3.6 assists per contest. Sophomore Amina Njonkou flourished in her first full season of collegiate basketball, posting 8.4 points and a team-leading 6.7 rebounds a game.
Under Bonvicini's tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 11 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history. During this time,
Bonvicini's success is mirrored in her players' accolades. She has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-America selections, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 22 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 15 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 277-203 (.577) mark at
Bonvicini earned The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 2007 Russell Athletic/WBCA Victory Club Award, honoring her for winning her 600th career victory this season.
The Russell Athletic/WBCA Victory Club Award is presented to each WBCA-member head coach who achieves career wins of 200, 300, 400, 500 or more, in 100 victory increments.
HOLLINGSWORTH NAMED TO ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: Senior Joy Hollingsworth represented
FOUR CATS EARN ALL-PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS:
Hobson, a Perris,
2006-07 TEAM AWARDS:
Most Valuable Player: Joy Hollingsworth
Defensive MVP: Linda Pace
Most Improved Player: Malia O’Neal
Freshman of the Year: Rhaya Neabors
Hustle Award: Marie McGee
Most Inspirational: Marie McGee, Whitney Fields
Academic Award: Jessica Arnold
Golden “A” Award: Joy Hollingsworth
Polkey Award: Linda Pace
PAC-10 RANKINGS: Arizona was one of the top teams in the Pac-10 this past season at forcing turnovers on the opposition and handling the ball on the offensive side. The Wildcats ranked third in the conference in steals with 8.72 per game, and owned a +1.62 turnover margin, third best in the Pac-10. Individually for
WHISONANT REACHES 1,000 POINT MARK: Junior Ashley Whisonant scored her 1,000th career point against Stanford in the second round of the Pac-10 Tournament on March 3 in the Wildcats season finale. Whisonant finished with 18 points, vaulting her to 1,003 points in her career.
Whisonant hit a jumper at the 15:28 mark in the second half against the Cardinal to reach the 1,000 point milestone. She sank another on the Wildcats’ next possession at the 14:43 mark for 1,003 career points.
The 5-foot-8 point guard becomes the fifth fast player in
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
CARDIAC CATS: During the 2006-07 season, the Wildcats succeeded in the close ball games.
MAGIC NUMBER: On the season,
RUN IT, RUN IT: During the 2006-07 season,
25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs.
21 points: 30-9 run over the final 6:53 of the first half at UTEP
18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs.
16 points: 16-0 run over 3:13 in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech
16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at
15 points: 15-0 run over 4:40 in the first half vs. GW
14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs.
12 points: 12-0 run over 4:07 in the second half vs.
12 points: 14-2 run over 7:39 in the first half vs.
12 points: 16-4 run over 5:16 in the second half vs. Stanford
12 points: 17-5 run over 3:30 in the second half vs. UCLA
12 points: 12-0 run over 5:55 in first half vs. NC State
12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs.
11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs.
10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs.
10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs.
10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW
10 points: 10-0 run over 3:54 in the first half vs. USC
WATCH YOUR POCKETS: The Wildcats excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this past season.
DOUBLING UP: Two Wildcats recorded double-doubles this season, as sophomore Amina Njonkou led
BRING IT: Like every season,