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“Ibekwe, Whyte named to All Pac-10 1st team”

For the second consecutive year, Arizona star p Ify Ibekwe has been named the Pacific 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was selected for the All Pac-10 first team along with sophomore Davellyn Whyte, commissioner Larry Scott announced on Tuesday.

Forward Erica Barnes was also named honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman Team.

For Ibekwe, adjusting to the college game was never a problem.

Ibekwe finished the regular season as the only player in the Pac-10 to record double-double averages for the season with 16.1 points and 10 rebounds per game.

After being named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year last season, Whyte has maintained her prowess as one of the conference’s best shooting guards.

This year, in her second go-around as an Arizona starter, the sophomore ranked seventh in points and 12th in assists in the conference throughout the regular season.

Barnes managed to put up respectable numbers this season despite only starting three games.

She averaged 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 15.7 minutes logged per game.

She also recorded three double-doubles in wins against Wichita State, Bradley and New Mexico.

With the loss of both dominant post presences Ibekwe and Soana Lucet at the end of the season, head coach Niya Butts and staff will be counting on Barnes to play some serious minutes next season.


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