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.”

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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

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SWEET 16

Thursday

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

Quad 2

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SWEET 16

Thursday

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

Quad 3
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SECOND ROUND

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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

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SECOND ROUND

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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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