Arizona women’s basketball

UA women's basketball: Wildcats add pair of transfers

2014-04-23T00:00:00Z UA women's basketball: Wildcats add pair of transfersBy Zack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

By the end of its season, the UA women’s basketball team had just seven healthy players on its roster and finished with a 5-25 overall record, 1-17 in the Pac-12.

Depth shouldn’t be as big a problem next season.

Arizona has signed two transfers to join its already five-person 2014 recruiting class — Malena Washington, a 5-7 guard from Tyler (Texas) Junior College, and Lauren Evans, a 6-foot transfer from Virginia Tech.

Evans, a Chandler product, will sit out a year before becoming eligible in 2015-16. She will have two years of eligibility with the Wildcats.

“Lauren is an Arizona kid, and we always want to get the best in the state,” UA coach Niya Butts said. “Having her at Arizona certainly allows us to do that. The opportunity to bring her back home will be great for her and for our program. She will be a great addition for us, on and off the court.”

Evans played in 25 games for the Hokies in 2013-14, averaging 1.2 points and 0.7 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game. ESPN HoopGurlz listed Evans as a four-star recruit and the No. 40 guard in the country out of high school.

Washington will be eligible to play immediately. The Beaumont, Texas, product averaged 13.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game last year for Tyler Junior College.

“Malena will make an offensive impact for us,” Butts said. “Offensively, there isn’t much she isn’t capable of. She is a great scorer, midrange shooter and passer.”

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 67-78
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 60-55
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 70-83
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
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