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Shawntinice Polk
Shawntinice Polk

RS Senior

Hanford, Calif.

High School:
Hanford HS






Shawntinice Polk's Career Honors

Preseason Candidate - State Farm Wade Trophy
John R. Wooden Award - Preseason Top 30
First Team Preseason All-American - Street & Smith's
Second Team Preseason All-American - Athlon Sports
Third Team Preseason All-American - Women's Basketball News Service
Preseason All-Pac-10 Team
Preseason "Top Five Centers" -
USA Basketball Young Women's Team

Honorable Mention All-American - Associated Press
Honorable Mention All-American - Kodak/WBCA
First Team Freshman All-American -
National All-Newcomer Team - Full Court Press
Kodak/WBCA All-District 8 Team
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
First Team All-Pac-10
Pac-10 All-Tournament Team
Pac-10 All-Freshman Team
UA co-Most Valuable Player
UA Defensive Most Valuable Player
UA Freshman of the Year
Pac-10 Player of the Week (Mar. 3)
Pac-10 Player of the Week (Feb. 10)
Pac-10 Player of the Week (Dec. 23)
Pac-10 Player of the Week (Dec. 2)
Tournament Most Valuable Player - Fiesta Bowl Basketball Classic
UA Rebounding Leader Award

About Polkey: Just a sophomore, she is already one of the most-decorated players in Arizona women's basketball history... Coach Bonvicini says: "What Polkey has the ability to do is to elevate the play around her - she makes her teammates better. She is completely unselfish and understands what it takes from a team perspective. She's a great passer, but we're asking Polkey to finish it inside more often. From a defensive standpoint, she creates havoc inside because she alters so many shots. She is so talented athletically that she's able to block a shot, get the rebound, make the outlet pass, fill the lane and score it on the other end"...

Summer 2003: Member of the USA Young Women's Team that took the gold medal at the 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women in Sibenik, Croatia... Played in all 8 games, starting 5... Finished third on the squad in scoring, averaging 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game... Shot a team-best 61.2 percent (30-49) from the field... Shot 7-for-10, tallying 14 points and 5 rebounds in championship game against Brazil... Led the U.S. with a game-high 15 points and 7 rebounds off 6-for-8 shooting in semifinals win over France... Hit 6-for-7 from the floor for 13 points and 6 rebounds against South Korea in pool play...

2002-03 Season: Honorable mention AP All-American... Honorable Mention Kodak/WBCA All-American... Pac-10 Freshman of the Year... First Team All-Pac-10... School-record 21 double-doubles on the season... 29 double-digit scoring performances... 9 performances of 20 points or better... 7 performances of 15 rebounds or more... First freshman in the history of the Pac-10 to be named conference Player of the Week four times in the same season... First player in the history of the UA program to record 8 consecutive double-doubles, which she did over the first 8 games of this year... Set or tied 19 school records... Finished the season 8th in the nation in field goal percentage (.609), 10th in rebounding (10.8 rpg) and 12th in blocked shots per game (2.6 bpg)... Was the only freshman among the top 30 in the nation in rebounding... Led the Pac-10 in rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage... Was the first freshman in the history of the conference to finish among the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage... First freshman in six years to lead the conference in field goal percentage and was just the second freshman ever to lead the league in rebounding... Set a new Pac-10 record in single-season field goal percentage and posted the third-highest single-season rebounding total in conference history... Logged her 21st double-double of the season with a game-high 16 rebounds and 14 points against Notre Dame (3/23/03) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament... Selected to the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per game over the three contests... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the fourth time in the season on Mar. 3 after leading the Cats to their first home sweep of the Bay Area schools in four years... Earned third Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Feb. 10 after averaging 21.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game while helping the Cats sweep the Washington schools at home... Named one of five collegiate women's basketball players who are "Elevating the Game" in the Jan. 20 issue of Sports Illustrated... Picked as Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 2 after helping the Cats earn wins over then-No. 8 Georgia and Pepperdine... First Wildcat freshman in six years to earn that honor... Shot an astounding 13-for-16 from the field on her way to game highs of 29 points and 11 rebounds during her collegiate debut against No. 3 LSU (11/22/02) in the season opener... That was the best debut ever by an Arizona freshman...

2001-02 Season: Redshirted for the year after joining the team midway through the season... Originally signed with Arizona in the fall of 2000, but did not qualify academically to play during the 2001-02 season...

High School: Four-year letterwinner in both basketball and volleyball at Hanford (Calif.) High School... One of 30 players invited to try out for the 2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Team... Her teams had a combined 119-13 record over her four years at Hanford... The Lady Pups earned undefeated league titles each of those four years... Collected 2,163 points, 1,326 rebounds and 384 blocks during her HS career... Four-time all-conference, all-city and all-county selection... Three-time CIF All-Central Section honoree... Played in the WBCA All-America Game in April 2001... Earned first team All-America honors in 2001 from Parade, USA Today, Nike, SLAM Magazine, Student Sports Magazine and the WBCA... First team All-California her senior year... Averaged 16.1 points, 13.1 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots per game as a senior at Hanford... Led the Lady Pups to their first-ever CIF Division II state championship in 2001... The Lady Pups were ranked No. 3 in the nation at the end of the season.

Shawntinice Polk's Career Highs

Field Goals Made: 13 vs. Louisiana State (11/22/02)
Field Goals Attempted: 19, twice, last vs. New Mexico (12/18/02)
Free Throws Made: 7 vs. Oregon State (3/8/03)
Free Throws Attempted: 11 at UCLA (2/14/03)
Rebounds: 18 at UNLV (12/22/02)
Points: 29 vs. Louisiana State (11/22/02)
Assists: 6 at Stanford (12/29/02)
Blocked Shots: 9 vs. California (3/1/03)
Steals: 4 vs. Oregon State (3/8/03)
Minutes Played: 40 at Oregon State (1/30/03)

Shawntinice Polk's Stats at Arizona

Total 3-Point Rebounds Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg 2002-03. 31-29 922/29.7 218-358 .609 0-0 .000 102-171 .596 116-219 335 10.8 99-4 81 94 80 53 538/17.4 TOTAL... 31-29 922/29.7 218-358 .609 0-0 .000 102-171 .596 116-219 335 10.8 99-4 81 94 80 53 538/17.4