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The Starters

#0 Davellyn Whyte

Position:     Guard

Class:     Sophomore

Height:     5-foot-11

Hometown:     Phoenix, Ariz.

It didn’t take long for Whyte to establish herself as a dominant force for the women’s basketball team. After garnering the Pacific 10 Conference Freshman of the Year, the Arizona single-game scoring leader has been unstoppable in the first few weeks of the season.

As a beacon of budding leadership, Whyte’s efforts will be greatly appreciated in the coming season and throughout her entire tenure as a Wildcat.

#1 Brooke Jackson

Position:     Guard

Class:     Junior

Height:     5-foot-8

Hometown:     Mesa, Ariz.

The explosion of Jackson in the first few weeks of practice was welcomed by the program. In her first two seasons, Jackson’s play was saddled with injury, and she wasn’t able to perform the way both she and Butts would’ve liked.

Jackson has also been a leading scorer for the ‘Cats throughout preseason play, just continuing to prove how vital the guards will be for Arizona this year.

#5 Shanita Arnold

Position:     Guard

Class:     Junior (redshirt)

Height:     5-foot-5

Hometown:     Fort Smith, Ark.

After playing two seasons at UA, Arnold, who was forced to sit out last season because of NCAA transfer rules, has been dominant so far as Arizona’s new point guard.

Her 16 points in the season opener against Wichita State proved that Arnold has what it takes to deserve the starting spot for the Wildcats.

#53 Soana Lucet

Position:     Forward

Class:     Senior

Height:     6-foot-1

Hometown:     Noumea, New Caledonia

Helping Ibekwe defend the post will be Lucet, whose prowess down low will allow Ibekwe to stretch out to the wing to create more shooting opportunities, establishing a more diverse offensive game.

In her first go-around with Arizona last year, Lucet started all 31 games and finished third on the team with a 12.9 points per game average.

Supporting Cast

#1 Candice Warthen

Position:     Guard

Class:     Freshman

Height:     5-foot-5

Hometown:    Warrenton, Ga.

Since Warthen is one of the fastest players on the Arizona squad, Butts and staff will look to use Warthen as a quick burst of energy off the bench to bring some more life into the offense.

During her high school career, Warthen wrote her name in the record books, becoming her high school’s all-time leading women’s basketball scorer.

#1 Erica Barnes

Position:     Forward

Class:     Freshman

Height:     6-foot-2

Hometown:     Sacramento, Calif.

With her double-double performance against the Wichita State Shockers in the Wildcats’ season opener, Barnes offered herself up as a very viable option to take care of the low post when Ibekwe or Lucet are having an off day.

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