Arizona women’s basketball completed its 2013-14 season on Thursday, finishing a year where the Wildcats faced multiple injuries and adversity throughout the year.
Despite its challenges, the future of Arizona women’s basketball is bright.
The team will lose seniors Kama Griffitts, Carissa Crutchfield and Erica Barnes to graduation, but will return both the team’s leading scorer and rebounder.
Junior Candice Warthen averaged 11.1 points per game and scored in double-digits in 14 games, including five games scoring 20 or more points. She also posted 2.4 assists per game and 1.3 steals per game.
Freshman LaBrittney Jones led the team in rebounding with 5.8 per game, but also emerged as an offensive threat towards the end of the season, scoring in double-digits in five of the last six games. Jones led the team and finished seventh in the Pac-12 Conference in blocks with 1.1 per game. Throughout the season, Jones played to about 70 percent of her potential after tearing her ACL during her senior year of high school.
The Wildcats will also return senior Alli Gloyd, who sat out the 2013-14 season with an ACL tear. Gloyd averaged 9.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in 30 games in 2012-13.
Joining Gloyd will be sophomore Farrin Bell, a transfer from SMU, sophomore Keyahndra Cannon, and freshmen Breanna Workman and Dejza James.
Possibly the most intriguing aspect of Arizona’s future is the freshman class--the highest-ranked class in Arizona women’s basketball history.
Five players will enter Arizona’s program, three ranked in the top 30 in their position.
Freshmen JaLea Bennett, Taryn Griffey, Charise Holloway and Cherice Harris will join junior college transfer Chy Cunningham. Bennett and Holloway stand as the country’s No. 21 and 23 best guards, while Griffey ranks No. 28 in the point guard position.
The Wildcats have seen some dark times, but there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel.
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