Wildcat Women Ink Two on First Day of Spring Signing Period

April 10, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. (April 10) - The University of Arizona women's basketball program has signed two players to National Letters of Intent during the first day of the spring signing period, announced head coach Joan Bonvicini on Wednesday. Phakisha Peterson and Donnisha 'CoCoa' Sanford will join the Wildcats for the 2002-03 school year.

A 5-11 guard, Phakisha Peterson is from Andress High School in El Paso, Texas. As a senior, she was named city Most Valuable Player, District I 5A MVP and honorable mention All-Texas. She was the MVP of both the America's Tournament and the Bowie Tournament and averaged 21.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game for the season, while playing for coach Deanna De La Cruz.

Coming from Morningside High School in Inglewood, Calif., Donnisha 'CoCoa' Sanford is a 6-0 forward who was a first team All-CIF, all-league and all-area selection. After averaging 17.0 points and 13.7 rebounds per game, she was Morningside's MVP as a senior and finished her career with 1,517 rebounds. Sanford played for coach Frank Scott, who coached WNBA great Lisa Leslie at Morningside as well. A standout 400-meter sprinter, Sanford is also expected to compete for the UA track and field team next year.

'Phakisha is an excellent athlete who is very versatile and has great quickness. CoCoa is a great rebounder and strong defensive player,' said Bonvicini, who just wrapped up her 11th year at the helm of the Arizona program. 'We're excited to sign both of these student-athletes. They are hard workers with great attitudes and are outstanding students. They will have an immediate impact in our system and will be a great complement to our current players and the other signees.'

Peterson and Sanford join three other players who signed during the early period last fall as this year's recruiting class.

NOTE: UA associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Denise Dove Ianello gave birth to a baby boy, Zachary Robert Ianello, on Tuesday, April 9. The child is the first for Denise and her husband, Rob Ianello, who is recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach for the UA football team.


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