Arizona Women's Basketball

Arizona Wildcats Move Up to No. 12, Highest Ranking Since 1997-98

Adia Barnes has now played on and coached a couple of the highest ranked teams in Arizona women’s basketball history.

The Wildcats (18-3, 7-2 Pac-12) moved from No. 16 to No. 12 in the AP Top 25 poll this week after sweeping a weekend series against UCLA and USC for the first time in 15 years.

Adia Barnes with assistant Salvo Coppa and guard Aari McDonald (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

No. 12 is the highest ranking for Arizona since Barnes’ senior season with the Wildcats in 1997-98 when the team, coached by Joan Bonvicini, reached No. 7 on three different occasions.

Arizona travels to Oregon this weekend to play No. 3 Oregon (19-2, 9-1) and No. 9 Oregon State (18-4, 6-4).

The other ranked Pac-12 teams this week are No. 6 Stanford (20-2, 9-1), No. 10 UCLA (19-2, 8-2) and No. 19 ASU (16-6, 6-4).


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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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