Wildcat Trio Earns All-Pac 10 Awards
March 16, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sophomore forward Ify Ibekwe, freshman guard Courtney Clements and senior forward Amina Njonkou were each named among those on one of the all-Pac-10 teams, announced at the Pac-10 Tournament banquet.
Ibekwe, who was an all-Pac-10 Freshman Team honoree a year ago, was selected as 1st-team all-Pac-10 selection as well as being named to the all-Pac-10 Defensive Team. Clements takes the place of her teammate as she was one of five players named to the all-Pac-10 Freshman Team. Njonkou makes her second-straight appearance on the honorable mention list in her final collegiate campaign.
Ibekwe completed her sophomore season by leading the Wildcats in scoring (15.7), rebounding (11.6), blocked shots (1.8), steals (2.1), double-doubles (16), field goals made (173) and free throws made (109). She also led the Pac-10 and was among the top seven all season in the NCAA in rebounding while finishing second in the Pac-10 in scoring. The last Wildcats to earn 1st-team recognition were the late Shawntinice Polk and Dee Dee Wheeler, who were each chosen in 2005.
An honorable mention all-Pac-10 selection last season, Ibekwe was also chosen to the all-Defensive Team. Her blocked shot and steal averages ranked among the top five in the Pac-10 the majority of the season.
Clements is the 12th Arizona player all-time to be named to the all-Defensive Team after Ibekwe was honored last season. She has picked up her game considerably over the last half of the season, averaging 13.5 points per game over the final 12 games of the campaign. She finished her debut season averaging 10.2 points while making 48-of-54 (.889) free throws and a team-best 32 three-point shots.
Njonkou was named an honorable mention selection for the second-straight season. The only four-year player on the Wildcats this season, she finished her Arizona career 3rd all-time in rebounds per game (6.8) and 5th all-time in total rebounds (690) after leading the team in that category during her sophomore and junior seasons.