Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#3 Ify Ibekwe
Position: Forward
Height: 6'2"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Carson, Calif.
High School: Narbonne HS
Experience: 3 Letters

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2009-10 (Junior): Chosen to the All-Pac-10 team for the second-straight season while also being chosen the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by the league's media members ... Named to the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team for the second-straight season after leading the Wildcats and finishing fourth in the Pac-10 with 68 steals ... Became the program's single-season record holder for rebounds with 352, besting the previous mark of 339 set by Shawntinice Polk in 2004 ... Career rebounding average of 10.5 is also the tops in Arizona history while she also holds the top two single-season rebounding averages ... Led Pac-10 in rebounding with 11.4 rebounds per game, good for ninth in the NCAA ... Also tallied 18 double-doubles on the season, which was 15th in the nation ... Chosen team MVP for second-straight season after averaging 14.0 points and shooting 47.2 percent from the field ... Tallied in double figures in 24-of-31 contests that included scoring 20 or more points in five games ... Set single-game career bests for points, rebounds, assists and steals during the season ... Pulled down double-digit rebounds in 21 contests with 15 or more boards in seven of those games ... Opened the season with career-highs of 22 rebounds and seven steals while adding 11 points and four assists against Iona (11/14/09) ... Added 16 points, 15 rebounds and five assists one day later against Miami (Ohio) to help Arizona capture the Iona College Tip-Off Tournament Championship ... Named to the Iona College Tip-Off All-Tournament Team, the second-straight season she earned all-tournament honors in a season-opening event ... Recorded career-best five blocked shots along with five steals in just 20 minutes against Nevada (12/4/09) ... Matched her personal high in blocked shots against Alabama A&M (12/29/09) ... Opened Pac-10 play with 12 points and 17 rebounds against UCLA (1/1/10) ... Tallied 21 points and 13 rebounds against USC (1/3/10) ... Posted second-straight 21-point outing to go along with eight rebounds and four assists to post first conference win of the season at Washington State (1/7/10) ... Set career mark for points in a game with 32 along with personal-best seven assists while hitting 12-of-16 shots and grabbing 14 rebounds in record-setting win over Oregon (1/16/10) ... Posted 25 points and 16 rebounds on 10-of-15 shooting against Arizona State (1/24/10) ... Had her third-straight double-double with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds with 21 points and 12 boards at California (1/28/10) ... Finished off her second six-game double-double streak of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Washington (2/6/10) ... Became the 16th player in Arizona history to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career with a 17-foot jumper at the 2:20 mark of the first half against the Huskies ... Finished season the season at 14th on the Arizona career scoring list with 1,139 points ... Posted double-doubles in both games at the Pac-10 Tournament, giving her three in five career postseason games ... Tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in first round win over Washington State (3/11/10) ... Added 18 points and 13 rebounds in quarterfinal game against Stanford (3/12/10).

2008-09 (Sophomore): Destroyed the notion of the sophomore jinx with one of the most dominating seasons in Arizona basketball history ... Named first-team All-Pac-10, the first Wildcat to earn that prestigious recognition since Dee Dee Wheeler and Shawntinice Polk were chosen to the first team after the 2004-05 campaign ... Named Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention while also earning All-Pac-10 Defensive Team honors ... One of 49 players named to the prestigious Naismith Award Early Season Watch List ... Chosen Team MVP and Best Defensive Player ... Led the Pac-10 and was sixth in the NCAA in rebounding with school-record average of 11.6 per game while finishing second in scoring with 15.7 points per game ... Single-season rebounding total of 336 was just three shy of the record set by Polk in 2003-04 ... Tallied 16 double-doubles during the season, also second all-time behind the 21 posted by Polk in 2002-03 ... Also led Arizona in steals, blocked shots, free throws and field goals ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on December 15 after leading the Wildcats to wins over San Diego and Long Beach State, averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds in those contests ... First Arizona player in nearly five seasons to earn the weekly accolade ... Twice pulled down 20 rebounds in a contest, the second-most for a single game in program history ... Scored 26 points and added 20 boards in a victory over Boise State on 12/29/08 ... Tallied 10 points to go along with 20 rebounds against Arizona State on 2/21/09 ... Scored in double figures in all but four games, topping out with season-high 27 points against USC on 2/15/09 ... Tallied 20 or more points on nine occasions, including 23 points in season-opener against Toledo ... Grabbed 14 or more rebounds in nine different games ... Scored 15 points to go along with 19 rebounds in home-opening win over UCSB (11/23/08) ... Scored 16 points and added 12 rebounds against nationally-ranked Middle Tennessee ... Had her first of back-to-back 20-plus-point outings with 23 points and 15 rebounds in win over UC-Riverside (12/17/08) to complete a three-game sweep of the homestand ... Registered consecutive 23-point outings against Stanford (1/4/09) and Oregon (1/8/09), combining for 28 rebounds in the two contests ... Began a streak of 16-straight games scoring in double figures ... Posted 20 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots against USC (1/15/09) ... Recorded 23 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and two steals in Pac-10 Tournament win over Washington State (3/12/09) ... Connected on 10-of-19 field goal attempts against WSU, matching program's Pac-10 Tournament single-game records for field goals made and attempted.

2007-08 (Freshman): Had an impressive debut season, earning Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors... Became the 11th player in Arizona history to earn Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors, the first since Shawntinice Polk in 2003... Played in 24 games making 13 starts as a forward... Averaged 10.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25.0 minutes per game while shooting 47.3 percent (104-220) from the field... Started at forward in the last 10 games... Averaged 12.0 points and 9.2 rebounds a game as a starter... Led the team in rebounding average (8.0) and blocked shots (30), while ranking third in scoring and field goal percentage... Led the team in scoring five times and led the team in rebounding 14 times... Scored in double figures 12 times with two games of 21 points or more... Registered double figures in rebounds 10 times, including the final three games... Second on the team with six double-doubles... Missed six games during the middle of the season due to an eye injury... Finished with five points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 34 minutes against Oregon State (3/7) in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament... Posted 16 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block at UCLA (3/1)... Tallied 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks at USC (2/28)... Notched nine points, nine rebounds and two steals against Washington (2/21)... Had 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks at Stanford (2/14)... Finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks at Arizona State (2/8)... Scored 14 points to go with a career-best 13 rebounds and three steals against Oregon State (2/2)... Posted 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, six rebounds and three blocks against Oregon (1/31)... Registered eight points and 10 rebounds at Washington (1/26)... Tallied five points, 11 rebounds and three blocks against California (1/19)... Notched 12 points and 11 rebounds against Boise State (12/12), scoring the game-winning basket on a put-back layup as time expired for a 62-61 Arizona victory... Scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field to go with 11 rebounds and a career-best four blocked shots at Long Beach State in her first game as a Wildcat in the Los Angeles area before her hometown crowd... Posted seven points and 13 rebounds against Northern Arizona (12/6)... Scored a career-high 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the field to go with seven rebounds against Middle Tennessee State (11/25)... Her 10-of-11 clip from the field (.909) is the second-best shooting percentage mark in school history... Finished with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and a career-high 13 rebounds for her first career double-double against Portland (11/16)... Tallied 11 points and nine rebounds against Charlotte (11/11)... Posted six points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and a rebound in 12 minutes at Penn State in her collegiate debut.

High School: A four-year letterwinner in basketball at Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif., she also lettered twice in track and field... Averaged 21.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, 3.9 assists, and 2.8 steals a game as a senior, helping the Gauchos to the Marine League Title... Earned Marine League Most Valuable Player honors, and was a Daily Breeze, Los Angeles City Section, and a first-team All Dream-Team Southern California selection... Two-time All-Marine League selection... second-team all-state honoree in 2006-07.

Personal: Born Oct. 5, 1989 in Carson, Calif. ... Full name is Ifunanya Debbie Ibekwe ... Daughter of Austine and Agatha Ibekwe ... One of four children, including brothers Onye and Ekene and sister Chinyere ... Majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology ... Hobbies include dancing, eating, sleeping and writing ... Writes poetry and her most prized possession is a cross necklace.

I chose Arizona because ... when I came on my visit I just knew this was the place for me. I loved the campus, the coaches and the inviting team atmosphere.

Career Highs

Points32, vs. Oregon, 1/16/10
Rebounds22, twice, last vs. ASU, 2/13/11
FG Made12, vs. Oregon, 1/16/10
FG Att23, vs. Oregon, 3/9/11
3FG Made5, at Oregon, 3/5/11
3FG Att7, at Oregon, 3/5/11
FT Made10, vs. Boise State, 12/29/08
FT Att12, several, last at Washington, 2/19/11
Assists7, twice, last vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 11/22/10
Steals8, vs. Washington, 1/22/11
Blocks5, three times, last vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 11/22/10
Minutes45, at Iona, 11/14/10