Arizona Wildcats women's basketball

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Arizona Wildcats women's basketball
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University University of Arizona
Head coach Adia Barnes (4th season)
Conference Pac-12
Location Tucson, Arizona
Arena McKale Center
(Capacity: 14,545)
Nickname Wildcats
ColorsCardinal and Navy [1]
         
Uniforms
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Home
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Away
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1998
NCAA Tournament Second round
1997, 1999, 2000, 2005
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005

The Arizona Wildcats women's basketball team is the official Varsity women's basketball team at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Basketball is one of eleven women's sports at the University of Arizona. The team is a Division I member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Pac-12 athletic conference. The team's home venue is the McKale Center, which seats 14,545 fans. The official team colors are cardinal and navy. The Wildcats have qualified for seven NCAA Tournaments.

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Program history

Female students at the University of Arizona first requested a women's basketball team in 1912, but were denied. Women played "inter-class" games for the first time in 1921. The juniors won. The following year, the school organized games with players from sororities and dormitories. Intercollegiate competition began in 1923, and a "Varsity" team played Arizona State University. This system persisted until 1971, when the UA joined the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) as a charter member. The team was a member of the Intermountain Conference. [2] The University of Arizona Athletic Department cites the first official season of women's basketball at the University of Arizona as the 1972-73 season, following the Title IX federal legislation that requires state-supported institutions to offer equal opportunity to men's and women's programs. The team finished their first season with a winning 8-4 record. In 1979, the University of Arizona, along with Arizona State University and five schools in southern California joined to form the Western Collegiate Athletic Association. The team became a member of the NCAA in 1981, when the NCAA absorbed the AIAW. In 1985, the school joined the Pacific-West Conference, which became the Pac-10 the following season and the Pac-12 in 2011. [3] As of the outset of the 2015-16 season, the all-time team record was 537-642. The Wildcats were runners-up at the Pac-10 Conference championship tournament in 2003 and 2004, marking their most successful conference finishes. The team made appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, and 2005, and in the Women's National Invitational Tournament in 1996, 2001, 2011, and 2019. [4]

Coaching staff

Lois Sheldahl coached during the program's first two seasons. Nancy Trego then took over as head coach for four seasons. Subsequent coaches were Lori Woodman from 1978-1980 (record: 15-35); Judy LeWinter from 1980-1985 (37-100); Wendy Larry from 1985-1987 (30-27); June Olkowski from 1987-1991 (34-82); Joan Bonvicini from 1991-2008 (288-224) and Niya Butts from 2009-2016 (102-147). The current head coach is Adia Barnes. [5]

Playing abroad

The Wildcats have played Australia, France, Puerto Rico, and Italy. [2]

NCAA Tournament results

YearSeedRoundOpponentResult
1997 #7First Round
Second Round
#10 Western Kentucky
#2 Georgia
W 76−54
L 74−80
1998 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Santa Clara
#6 Virginia
#2 Connecticut
W 75−63
W 94−77
L 57−74
1999 #6First Round
Second Round
#11 Florida
#3 Rutgers
W 87−84 (OT)
L 47−90
2000 #8First Round
Second Round
#9 Kent State
#1 Tennessee
W 73−61
L 60−75
2003 #6First Round#11 Notre DameL 47−59
2004 #9First Round#8 Michigan StateL 60−72
2005 #9First Round
Second Round
#8 Oklahoma
#1 LSU
W 72−69
L 43−76

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References

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  2. 1 2 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-12. Retrieved 2016-03-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. https://admin.xosn.com/pdf9/4233306.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=30700&
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