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VOTE || Best of the Best: Arizona Women's Basketball

Jul 7, 2020

Vote for Best Player from the 90s

From Adia Barnes to Shawntinice Polk, and from Dee-Dee Wheeler to Aari McDonald, we have seen some all-time performances by the best players in school history. Did you know that Davellyn Whyte had a 30-point triple-double vs. ASU? How about the fact that Shawntinice Polk had over 50 double-doubles in her career?

Now, you'll have the chance to VOTE for the BEST OF THE BEST in Arizona women's basketball history. Throughout the month of June, you will be able to cast your vote for best team, best individual season, best player from the '90s, best player from the '00s, best player from the '10s and the best overall player.

Enjoy the ride down memory lane, you may learn something new.

BEST TEAM - 2019-20 Team
BEST INDIVIDUAL SEASON - Aari McDonald (2018-19)
7/13 – BEST PLAYER FROM THE 1990s (Winner announced 7/15)
7/16 – BEST PLAYER FROM THE 2000s (Winner announced 7/20)
7/21 – BEST PLAYER FROM THE 2010s (Winner announced 7/24)
7/27 – BEST PLAYER (Winner announced 7/29)


Player 1: Adia Barnes, 1995-98
Number to know: 2,237; Barnes set the career scoring record that still stands to this day, scoring 2,237 career points for an average of 18.5 points per game.

Awards and accolades

  • Two-time All-American
  • Became Arizona's first-ever First Team All-American in 1998
  • 1998 Pac-10 Player of the Year
  • 1995 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
  • 1996 WNIT Most Outstanding Player
  • Four-time All-Pac-10 honoree
  • Seven-time Pac-10 Player of the Week

Adia Barnes is considered by many as the best player in school history. She helped lead the Wildcats to a WNIT Champion during her sophomore year in 1996 and led Arizona to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1997 and 1998, and eventually became Arizona's first WNBA draft pick when she was the 33rd pick by the Sacramento Monarchs in 1998. When she left Arizona, she held the school records in total points*, scoring average, games played, games started, field goals made*, free throws made*, free throws attempted*, total rebounds, rebounding average, steals and double-doubles.
*Indicates she still holds the school record
Player 2: Brenda Pantoja, 1992-96
Number to know: 278; Pantoja was the NCAA assist leader in 1996 with 278 assists.

Awards and accolades

  • NCAA assist leader (1996)
  • First-Team All-Pac-10 (1996)
  • WNIT All-Tournament Team (1996)

Brenda Pantoja was the catalyst to Arizona's 1996 WNIT Championship team, leading the nation in assists with 278, a school record. She finished her career with 688 assists, which is the most in school history and has 136 more than Regina Grennan, who has the second-most with 552. Pantoja also left Arizona with the most three-pointers made in school history (190) and is currently fourth all-time in school history. She also was Arizona's all-time steals leader when she graduated.
Player 3: Lisa Griffith, 1997-00
Number to know: 285; Griffith made 185 three-pointers in her career, a school record that has stood for 20 years.

Awards and accolades

  • 1997 Women's Basketball News All-Freshman Team
  • Four-time All-Pac-10 honoree
  • First-Team Pac-10 All-Freshman (1997)
  • Pac-10 Player of the Week (Feb, 17, 1997)

Sharpshooter Lisa Griffith was lethal from downtown, averaging over two made three-pointers per game during her entire career. She finished her career as Arizona's fifth-leading scorer in school history and helped lead Arizona to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Griffith left Arizona as the school record holder for career starts and is currently fourth to this day.
Player 4: Reshea Bristol, 1998-01
Number to know: 260; Bristol set the career steals record when she left Arizona with 260 steals. That is third all-time in school history today.

Awards and accolades

  • Two-time All-Pac-10 honoree
  • 1998 Pac-10 All-Freshman
  • Pac-10 Player of the Week (Jan. 25, 1999)

Reshea Bristol was a lockdown defender for the Wildcats, setting the program record for career steals. Not only that, she finished her career as the fifth-leading scorer in school history and is 15th today. She is sixth all-time in total assists and has the school record for most steals in a season when she had 96 during her senior year.