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Athlete of the week: Davellyn Whyte

Athlete of the week: Davellyn Whyte

Editor’s Note: Guard Davellyn Whyte, the only freshman on the Arizona women’s basketball team, is putting up some serious numbers in her debut season for the Wildcats. The Phoenix native scored 39 points in Arizona’s 119-112 win over the Oregon Ducks on Saturday and earned the Pac-10 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of January 11-17. The Arizona Daily Wildcat’s Michael Fitzsimmons caught up with Whyte to ask her about her record-breaking performance, her highest point total and why she would play soccer if she didn’t play basketball.

Arizona Daily Wildcat: Before your record-breaking performance on Saturday, did you feel any different during warm-ups or anything?

Davellyn Whyte: No, not really, I felt normal. I went in thinking it was just another Pac-10 game and just wanted to focus on winning it.

ADW: Is 39 points the most you’ve ever scored in a game?

DW: No. Well in college yes, but no…

ADW: Really? Did you score more in a high school game?

DW: It was for AAU ball, and I think I had 42.

ADW: Wow. I noticed that you’re wearing a different pair of shoes during games than you were wearing earlier in the year, and they are different from what the rest of the team wears. Are they lucky or something?

DW: (Laughs) No, it’s just I’ve always played in Jordans, so I figured once the Pac-10 season started let me just get back to what I’m used to.

ADW: Yeah, they seem to work. How has adjusting to the college game been

so far?

DW: Um, the first couple games I thought it was going to take me longer, but as the season went on, I wouldn’t say it got easier, but I adjusted quickly.

ADW: If you could play any other sport, what would it be?

DW: Soccer, definitely.

ADW:  Very cool; do you have a favorite soccer player?

DW: No not really. (Laughs) I just love soccer.

ADW: How about a favorite athlete?

DW: Chris Paul.

ADW: What’s your favorite thing about college life so far?

DW: Probably just playing basketball.

ADW: All right so off the court, do you have a favorite movie?

DW: Wow, um … my favorite movie….

ADW: It’s hard to choose, I know…

DW: I guess I don’t have a favorite movie, but I definitely like to watch funny movies.

ADW: Nice, that works. Before a game, do you have a pre-game playlist of music or anything?

DW: Not really, I like to listen to slow stuff before the game though … slow music.

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