Arizona Women's Basketball

Arizona’s Helena Pueyo named All-Pac-12 and to All-Defensive Team second consecutive year

Helena Pueyo of Arizona is a two-time All-Defensive Team selection in the Pac-12 (Andy Morales/

Arizona fifth-year senior Helena Pueyo was named to the All-Pac-12 Team and All-Defensive Team by the conference on Tuesday ahead of the Wildcats’ game with Washington in the Pac-12 tournament at Las Vegas on Wednesday.

The game between the seventh-seeded Wildcats (16-14) and No. 10 Washington (16-13) starts at 7 p.m., Tucson time.

Four other Wildcats — Jada Williams, Esmery Martinez, Breya Cunningham and Skylar Jones — also garnered conference honors.

The All-Defensive Team honor is the second of Pueyo’s career.

Pueyo, the only Arizona player to start every game this season, is the conference’s leader in steals per game, averaging 3.1. She is seventh in Pac-12 history and second in Arizona history in career steals with 294.

Pueyo is averaging 11 points per game 3.9 rebounds per game in conference games this season.

Arizona freshman sensation Jada Williams (Andy Morales/

Williams was selected to the Pac-12’s All-Freshman Team. She leads Arizona’s freshmen in points per game at 9.5 and is second on the team in assists this season with 2.4 per game. Williams leads Arizona in free throw percentage, hitting 84.9 percent of her shots.

Martinez garnered All-Pac-12 Team Honorable Mention and All-Defensive Honorable Mention. She was additionally named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the 2022-23 season. Martinez is averaging 11.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game for the year and is fifth in the conference in steals per game this year with 1.8.

Cunningham and Jones each received All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention.

Cunningham is fourth in the Pac-12 in blocks per game, averaging 1.8, and scores 7.5 points per game. She has started in 28 of Arizona’s 30 games.

Jones is averaging 6.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Jones has made starts in 11 of the Wildcats’ 18 conference games.

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