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Season Preview: The Sophomore
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/26/2010
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Oct. 26, 2010


Watch this video of sophomore Davellyn Whyte.

TUCSON - University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball will open the season Nov. 2 with an exhibition game against Grand Canyon. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at McKale Center.

In preparation for the start of the season, the squad will be broken down into a four-part preview by class. Third-year head coach Niya Butts welcomes back the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and now sophomore Davellyn Whyte. Whyte will be counted on as a leader and a play maker on the court. Her abilities stretch offensively and defensively with great shooting prowess.

A native of Phoenix, Ariz. and a graduate of St. Mary's High School, Whyte turned in one of the most memorable freshman campaigns in Arizona history in 2009-10, capped off by becoming the fourth player in team history to be named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. She was also selected to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team, the only freshman on the squad in 2010, as well as the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team . She was also selected second-team Freshman All-America by Full Court Press. She was chosen as the Pac-10 Player of the Week on January 18 after scoring school-record 39 points in record-breaking win over Oregon. In 2009-10, she was the top-scoring freshman in the Pac-10 at 15.7 points per game, tops on the Wildcats and good for fifth overall in the conference.

Whyte became just the second freshman in team history to start 31 games in a season, joining Lisa Griffith at the top of the list. Her scoring average and 487 total points were both second-highest total for a freshman in Arizona history and her total of 67 made three-pointers is tied for fourth-most in program history for a single season.

The regular season will begin with a contest at Wichita State on Nov. 11. For tickets to the Arizona Wildcat women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.

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