UA Women's Basketball Player Earns Preseason Honor

June 28, 2002

Tucson, Ariz. (June 28) -- University of Arizona women's basketball player Shawntinice Polk has been named to the 'Top 21 Freshmen of Impact for 2002-03' list.

A 6-5 center from Hanford (Calif.) High School, Polk earned USA Today, WBCA, Parade and Nike All-America honors as a senior in 2000-01. She averaged 16.1 points, 13.1 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game while leading Hanford to its first-ever CIF Division II state championship and a No. 3 national ranking.

After joining the program midway through last season, Polk will be a redshirt freshman for the Wildcats this year and will have four years of eligibility. To qualify for the Top 21 Freshmen of Impact list, a player must be a true freshman or a redshirt freshman in 2002-03 and have four years of eligibility remaining.

For more information on the Top 21 list, check out

### Top 21 New Players of Impact for 2002-03
La'Tangela Atkinson - North Carolina
Seimone Augustus - Louisiana State
Mistie Bass - Duke
Nikki Blue - UCLA
Dana Collins - Ball State
Carolyn Ganes - Oregon
Erin Grant - Texas Tech
Holly Johnson - Florida State
Alexis Kendrick - Georgia
Tamika Kursh - Louisiana Tech
Courtney LaVere - Notre Dame
Sheena Moore - UNLV
Nina Norman - Texas
Cappie Pondexter - Rutgers
Johanna Solverson - Iowa
Brooke Smith - Duke
Ann Strother - Connecticut
Kasha Terry - Georgia Tech
Barbara Turner - Connecticut
Shanna Zolman - Tennessee

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