Arizona's Ibekwe Named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. --ARIZONA senior forward Ify Ibekwe was named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 8-13, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. Ibekwe led the Wildcats to a win over Arizona State, the team's first over its Conference rival since 2005.
Ify Ibekwe (Carson, Calif.) scored 22 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to lead her team to a 73-61 win over ASU, the team's first in 12 tries, dating back to Jan. 26, 2005. Achieving her ninth double-double of the season in the first half, she outrebounded her own teammates, who accounted for 17 boards. The 22 rebounds are not only a Pac-10 Conference individual high, but also ties for the sixth-highest in a game this season in NCAA Division I Women's Basketball.
Offensively, Ibekwe was dominating from all distances, going 8-for-16 (.500) from the floor, also knocking down 2-of-3 three pointers. She added a block and a pair of steals in 38 minutes of play, as well, committing just one turnover.
With the win, Arizona improved to 14-9 overall, matching its win total from last year, and 5-7 in Pac-10 play.
It is Ibekwe's second-career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor, lasting winning it on Dec. 15, 2008, and Arizona's 37th all-time selection.
The Wildcats heads to Washington State on Thursday, Feb. 17 and Washington on Saturday, Feb. 19.
Also Nominated: DeNesha Stallworth, CAL; Chiney Ogwumike, STAN; Markel Walker, UCLA; Ashley Corral, USC; Kristi Kingma, WASH; Jazmine Perkins, WSU.
2010-11 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 15 - Briana Gilbreath, USC
Nov. 22 - Darxia Morris, UCLA
Nov. 29 - Amanda Johnson, ORE
Dec. 6 - Briana Gilbreath, USC
Dec. 13 - DeNesha Stallworth, CAL
Dec. 20 - Ashley Corral, USC
Dec. 27 - Dymond Simon, ASU
Jan. 3 - Jeanette Pohlen, STAN
Jan. 10 - Nia Jackson, ORE
Jan. 17 - Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STAN
Jan. 24 - Kayla Pedersen, STAN
Jan. 31 - Kristi Kingma, WASH
Feb. 7 - Sage Romberg, WSU
Feb. 14 - Ify Ibekwe, ARIZ