Arizona Women's Basketball

Arizona Wildcats Notes: Sean Miller Latest to Buy Tickets for WNIT Sweet 16 Game vs. Idaho

Adia Barnes acknowledged today the support she has received from Arizona coaches and former athletes in the Wildcats’ drive to get fans into McKale Center for the WNIT and mentioned that “I don’t think you see that at other programs.”

Last week, athletic director Dave Heeke, football coach Kevin Sumlin, former men’s player Solomon Hill (now of the New Orleans Pelicans) and women’s player Danielle Adefeso (a fashion designer based in New York) went public about buying tickets for students and the general audience for the WNIT games at McKale Center against Idaho State and Pacific.

Arizona president president Robert C. Robbins tweeted this week that he purchased 50 tickets to donate to military personnel for tomorrow’s WNIT Sweet 16 game at McKale against Idaho at 6:30 p.m.

In today’s press conference, Barnes brought up the names of other existing coaches providing support.

“President Robbins … Dave Heeke … I just saw Coach (Mike) Candrea … all the coaches. Sean Miller bought some (tickets) today,” Barnes said. “That kind of support … I couldn’t ask for a better place. That’s why I love this place. I loved it as a player. I love the family. I love what we’re all about.

“I don’t think you see that at other programs. I don’t think it feels this way.”

Bob Elliott and Reggie Geary attended Sunday’s game against Pacific. Barnes joked, “Somebody has to get a hold of Jason Terry.”

“Just know that Solomon Hill, who hasn’t been here, doesn’t know our team, doesn’t know me personally is just supporting … it means a lot,” Barnes said. “I think it’s about giving back. That’s what we do at Arizona. You are part of a family, an extended family. That’s kind of how it’s always been here.

“That’s how I’m building the women’s program to be just like Sean and Lute (Olson) have done with the men’s program.”

Arizona “very likely” could play at Wyoming in Elite Eight

Barnes said a scenario is “very possible” that Arizona will play at Wyoming in the WNIT Elite Eight if the Wildcats beat Idaho and Wyoming defeats visiting Pepperdine tomorrow night.

Arizona has averaged slightly more fans than Wyoming through the first two games of the tournament. Arizona has averaged 3,399.5 while Wyoming is at 3,045.

“I just know that’s a reality that could happen,” Barnes said, “and it’s a very likely one.”

TOP 10 WNIT CROWDS THIS POSTSEASON

Game Attd Round Result
UAB at Arkansas 3939 Second Arkansas won 100-52
Houston at Arkansas 3689 First Arkansas won 88-80
Pacific at Arizona 3534 Second Arizona won 64-48
South Alabama at Wyoming 3405 Second Wyoming won 78-71
Idaho State at Arizona 3265 First Arizona won 66-56
Denver at New Mexico 2875 First New Mexico lost 83-75
Northern Colorado at Wyoming 2685 First Wyoming won 68-60
Northern Iowa at Minnesota 2549 First Minnesota won 91-75
UAB at Troy 2451 First Troy lost 93-89
Youngstown State at Cincinnati 1951 First Cincinnati won 76-62

Much of it has to do about bids placed by schools to the WNIT to host. If Arizona and Wyoming win tomorrow, Arizona may yield to Wyoming to save money for a potential later bid either for a semifinal game or the championship game.

“If Pepperdine wins (at Wyoming), I think we play at home against Pepperdine,” Barnes said.

Tee Tee Starks a police intern

Senior forward Tee Tee Starks, who will take advantage of another year of eligibility next season because of medical reasons, is presently a police intern.

“They love her,” Barnes said of the criminal justice major. “She’s the type that she’ll do the work. She’ll always have a good attitude. She represents herself well. That’s what she does and she’ll probably get a job offer.”

Barnes added that Starks, “Talks about her internship. I know she’s excited. I had made some phone calls and I knew she got it before she got it. I knew she would represent. I want to put my name attached to someone who’s going to do well and represent us well and that was definitely her.”

Starks, an Iowa State transfer who started 12 games this year, is averaging 4.6 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Bryce Nixon in a boot

Freshman guard Bryce Nixon is wearing a boot because she had a toe stepped on in practice, said Barnes.

“It’s just killing her. A practice player stepped on her toes, so it’s just really tender,” Barnes said. “Having the boot, it just relieves pressure.”

Barnes did not indicate if Nixon, of Phoenix Arcadia High School, will miss Thursday’s game. She has averaged 8.8 minutes in 31 games off the bench this season.

2019 WNIT RESULTS AND SCHEDULES

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Arizona’s Quad

FIRST ROUND

Game Attendance Result
Idaho State at Arizona 3265 Arizona won 66-56
Denver at New Mexico 2875 New Mexico lost 83-75
Northern Colorado at Wyoming 2685 Wyoming won 68-60
South Alabama at Lamar 1829 Lamar lost 73-71
Pepperdine at Cal Baptist 833 Cal Baptist lost 91-79
Pacific at Fresno State 599 Fresno State lost 77-72
Hawaii at St. Mary's 444 St. Mary's won 67-43
Idaho at Loyola Marymount 315 LMU lost 79-64

SECOND ROUND

Game Attendance Result
Pacific at Arizona 3534 Arizona won 64-48
South Alabama at Wyoming 3405 Wyoming won 78-71
Denver at Idaho 1230 Idaho won 88-66
Pepperdine at St. Mary's 325 Pepperdine won 65-61

SWEET 16

Thursday

Idaho at Arizona, 6:30 p.m.
Pepperdine at Wyoming, 5:30 p.m.

Quad 2

FIRST ROUND

Game Attendance Result
Houston at Arkansas 3689 Arkansas won 88-80
Northern Iowa at Minnesota 2549 Minnesota won 91-75
UAB at Troy 2451 Troy lost 93-89
Youngstown State at Cincinnati 1951 Cincinnati won 76-62
Kent State at Green Bay 1269 Green Bay lost 64-59
Stephen F. Austin at UT Arlington 1159 UTA won 60-54
Prairie View at TCU 987 TCU won 72-41
Northeastern at Butler 437 Butler won 89-82

SECOND ROUND

Game Attendance Result
UAB at Arkansas 3939 Arkansas won 100-52
Minnesota at Cincinnati 1945 Cincinnati won 72-65
UT Arlington at TCU 1531 TCU won 71-54
Kent State at Butler 747 Butler won 70-52

SWEET 16

Thursday

TCU at Arkansas, 5 p.m.
Butler at Cincinnati, 4 p.m.

Quad 3
Opposite of Arizona

Game Attendance Result
IUPUI at Middle Tennessee 1492 Middle Tennessee won 59-47
Seton Hall at Toledo 1289 Toledo won 71-65
Morehead State at Ohio State 1114 Ohio State lost 71-61
Rider at West Virginia 1032 West Virginia won 83-43
High Point at Ohio 567 Ohio won 81-74
Old Dominion at Villanova 521 Villanova won 86-81 (OT)
Western Kentucky at Miami (Ohio) 338 Western Kentucky won 67-63
Dayton at Northwestern 325 Northwestern won 74-51

SECOND ROUND

Game Attendance Result
Northwestern at Toledo 1879 Toledo lost 54-47
Villanova at West Virginia 1388 West Virginia won 64-57
Morehead State at Western Kentucky 1206 Western Kentucky won 68-65
Middle Tennessee at Ohio 867 Ohio won 59-57

SWEET 16

Wednesday

Northwestern at West Virginia,1314,West Virginia lost 56-54

Thursday

Western Kentucky at Ohio, 4 p.m.

Quad 4
Opposite of Arizona

Game Attendance Result
Stetson at South Florida 1357 South Florida won 84-50
North Carolina A&T at James Madison 1120 James Madison won 48-37
American at Penn 817 Penn won 64-45
Furman at Virginia Tech 681 Virginia Tech won 92-65
Charlotte at VCU 383 VCU won 65-52
Hartford at Providence 368 Providence won 71-54
Sacred Heart at Georgetown 345 Georgetown won 90-59
Drexel at Harvard 266 Harvard won 69-56

SECOND ROUND

Game Attendance Result
South Florida at James Madison 1120 James Madison won 48-37
VCU at Virginia Tech 781 Virginia Tech won 82-72
Penn at Providence 511 Providence won 64-54
Georgetown at Harvard 322 Harvard lost 70-65

SWEET 16

Tuesday

Georgetown at Providence,NL,Providence lost 53-46

Thursday

Virginia Tech at James Madison, 4 p.m.


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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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