Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#5 Shanita Arnold
Position: Guard
Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fort Smith, Ark.
High School: Northside HS
Experience: 1 Letter

Shanita Arnold's career and season-by-season stats

2010-11:In her first season with the Wildcats, she made a dramatic impact running the floor while starting all 33 games ... She averaged 31.6 minutes, 7.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game ... For much of the season, she led the Pac-10 in dishes ... In the season opener vs. Wichita State, she was one of four players to score in double digits (16) ... Also tallied seven assists and four steals in the Wildcats' 81-72 win at Wichita ... Picked up nine assists, four rebounds and a steal in the 71-49 win over Northern Arizona ... Matched her season best with nine assists in UA's road win at Ole Miss, 72-70 ... Also grabbed three steals and scored five points ... Dished out four more assists in the 93-54 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff ... Against No. 8/8 Texas A&M, Arnold was one of five Wildcats to score in double digits with her 15 points ... She also passed out five assists ... In the win over Bradley, she had a balanced game with eight points and six rebounds ... In the win at New Mexico, she dishes out five assists and grabbed three steals ... Arnold handed out seven assists and grabbed three rebounds in the win over New Mexico State... Matched her career-best mark for assists in a game with nine in the win over Iona ... Also pitched in with four points and three steals ... Had a career game in the win over Oregon with her 25 points and seven assists ... Also chipped in with four steals as she shot 11-of-13 from the field ... Had another solid outing in the 67-65 win over Oregon State with 17 points and seven assists ... For the third-straight game, Arnold led the Wildcats in scoring with her 13 points in the loss at No. 4/4 Stanford ... Also handed out three assists and grabbed two rebounds ... In the win over Washington, she collected three points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals ... She scored four points, handed out two assists and grabbed three rebounds in the win over Washington State ... She was one of three Wildcats to score in double digits with her 10 points in the loss at No. 11/10 UCLA ... She had 11 points, one assist and one steal in the loss to No. 4/3 Stanford ... Matched her career high with nine assists in the win over ASU ... Also had three steals and two rebounds ... In the win at Washington State, she had five points, four assists and two steals ... In the win at Washington, she scored nine points, five rebounds and dished out two assists ... Arnold scored 11 points, handed out eight assists and grabbed two steals in the loss to No. 11/9 UCLA ... Arnold had 10 points, five assists and two rebounds in the win over USC ... In the Pac-10 Tournament win over Oregon, she handed out four assists and grabbed one rebound in 22 minutes of action ... Arnold had two points, four assists and four rebounds in the Pac-10 Tournament win over USC ... In the Pac-10 semifinal against Stanford, she scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out three assists ... Ended the season with seven points, five rebounds and five assists in the WNIT loss at Utah State.

2009-10:Due to NCAA transfer rules, Arnold redshirted while practicing with the team.

Arkansas:Played two seasons at Southeastern Conference member Arkansas for head coach Tom Collen ... Averaged 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a sophomore as she started all 32 games for the Razorbacks ... Tallied career-high 22 points against SMU, connecting on 6-of-11 three-point attempts ... Five three-pointers made in first half was one shy of school record ... Led team in assist-to-turnover ratio ... Set personal best with seven assists in season-opening victory over Louisiana-Monroe ... Recorded 16 points in win over Stetson ... Added 12 points in victory over Mississippi Valley State ... Posted back-to-back games with five assists against North Dakota and Dartmouth ... Appeared in 28 games during her freshman campaign, scoring 50 points and dishing out 36 assists while averaging 13.7 minutes per game off the bench ... Tallied four assists in first-ever collegiate game against Lipscomb, a number she would match two more times (Georgia Southern and Sam Houston) before cashing in five assists at LSU for season high ... Best scoring game came against Tulsa with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting that included 3-of-6 mark from beyond the arc.

High School:Prep standout for head coach Rickey Smith at Northside High School ... Led the Lady Bears to the 2007 7A state championship after posting a 28-2 record while averaging 18.5 points, 6.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals ... Also took Northside to state runner-up finishes as a sophomore and junior ... Chosen as the state tournament MVP as a senior after scoring 34 points in 31 minutes of state title game win over Conway ... Three-time all-state, team captain and team Most Valuable Player ... Led the Lady Bears to three-straight league championships ... Named Player of the Year as a junior by the Fort Smith Times-Record ... Helped Northside to perfect 16-0 league mark during her junior campaign as part of a 44-game league winning streak ... Posted overall record of 79-11 with her playing the point guard for Northside ... Named preseason high school All-America honorable mention by Street & Smith's ... Ranked the 24th-best player in the nation by Mike White's Recruiting Report ... Also lettered one season in soccer.

Personal:Born Shanita Tava Arnold to Sherron and LaTrelle Arnold in Corpus Christi, Texas ... One of nine children ... Sociology major with a minor in communications ... Would most like to meet Oprah Winfrey ... Played the cello for four years ... Recruited by LSU, Connecticut, Louisiana Tech, Georgia, TCU and West Virginia out of high school.

I chose Arizona because ... on my visit I figured out there's nothing like being a Wildcat! When I was growing up I use to watch Arizona on TV and I remember the announcers saying Arizona is Point Guard U. I knew I would fit in.

Career Highs

Points25, vs. Oregon, 12/31/10
Rebounds5, twice, last vs. Utah State, 3/17/11
FG Made11, vs. Oregon, 12/31/10
FG Att13, vs. Oregon, 12/31/10
3FG Made3, three times, last vs. Stanford, 2/5/11
3FG Att7, vs. Stanford, 2/5/11
FT Made8, at Wichita State, 11/12/10
FT Att8, at Wichita State, 11/12/10
Assists9, four times, last vs. ASU, 2/13/11
Steals4, twice, last vs. Oregon, 12/31/10
Blocks1, twice, last vs. ASU, 2/13/11
Minutes43, at Wichita State, 11/12/10