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

Jul 16, 2020

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)
BEST PLAYER FROM THE 1990s - Adia Barnes (1995-98)
BEST PLAYER FROM THE 2000s - Shawntinice Polk (2002-05)
BEST PLAYER IN THE LAST 10 YEARS - Ify Ibekwe (2008-11)
7/27 – BEST PLAYER IN SCHOOL HISTORY (Winner announced 7/29)
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WHO IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LAST 10 YEARS

Player 1: Ify Ibekwe, 2008-11
Number to know: 55; Ibekwe's 55 double-doubles is the most in school history.
Awards and accolades

  • Two-time All-American
  • 2011 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year
  • Three-time first-team All-Pac-10
  • 2008 first-team Pac-10 All-Freshman
  • Arizona Ring of Honor Inductee

A double-double machine, Ify Ibekwe recorded 55 in her career, which is the school record. She scored 1,653 points in her career, the fourth-most in school history and is the program's leading rebounder with 1,194 boards. No other Wildcat is a member of the 1,000-rebound club. Ibekwe is the only Wildcat in school history to average a double-double for their career as she averaged 14.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game over 116 contests. Not only that, Ibekwe is second all-time with 166 blocks.
 
Player 2: Davellyn Whyte, 2009-13
Number to know: 2,000; Whyte is the second Wildcat in school history to score 2,000 points in their career.
Awards and accolades

  • 2012 All-American
  • 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
  • Four-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection

Davellyn Whyte is without a doubt one of the best players in school history. She finished her career as one of two players in school history to score 2,000 points (Adia Barnes) as she scored 2,059 for an average of 16.3 per game over 126 games. On Feb. 19, 2013, she made history as she recorded the only triple-double in school history vs. ASU as she had 31 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Not only was she an elite offensive player, she finished her career with 266 steals, which is currently the second-most in school history.
 
Player 3: LaBrittney Jones, 2013-17
Number to know: 161; Jones is third all-time in Arizona history with 161 blocks
Awards and accolades

  • 2017 first-team All-Pac-12
  • Two-time Pac-12 All-Defense

LaBrittney Jones was a dominant defensive force for Arizona, blocking 161 shots, which is the third-most in school history. Not only that, she is currently 12th all-time in school history with 1,263 points and is eighth with 688 total rebounds. Her 62 blocks during her senior year is the second-most for one season in school history.
 
Player 4: Aari McDonald, 2018-present
Number to know: 1,486; In just two years, McDonald is sixth all-time in school history with 1,486 points scored.
Awards and accolades

  • Two-time All-American
  • 2020 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
  • Two-time first-team All-Pac-12
  • Two-time Pac-12 All-Defense

Even though she has only played two seasons for Arizona, it is undeniable the impact Aari McDonald creates on the floor. She is already sixth all-time in school history with 1,486 points for an average of 22.5 per game, including 890 in her first year which is a single-season Arizona record for points in a season my a male or a female. In 2020, she became Arizona's first first-team All-American since Adia Barnes back in 1998.