Talk about an outstanding debut. Arizona freshman softball pitcher Teresa Ayoub, from Glendale's Deer Valley High School, struck out the side in her first inning of Saturday's 12-2 victory over Illinois-Chicago. The Wildcats' other freshman starter, Becky Lemke, also had an outstanding first outing, striking out eight batters in Friday's win over New Mexico State.
Having played 11 of its last 15 games on the road, the women's basketball team finally received a break yesterday when head coach Joan Bonvicini decided to hold off full practices until tomorrow.
In the meantime, half of the players went through position drills yesterday, while the other half got the afternoon off. The groups will switch today. "It's been really tiring and really hard," Bonvicini said. "We got back (from Washington) at 3:30 a.m. Saturday night. We're exhausted."
Heads up! If El Niño brings in any snow on campus, passers-by beware!
UA track and field has a new javelin thrower from Norway and his name is Christian Banken. According to teammate Dominic Johnson, Banken holds the world record in snow-ball throwing.
The previous record holder was Pal Arne Fagersen, a former Sun Devil and NCAA champion in the javelin.
Speaking of track and field, UA's women's pole vault team is now a new NCAA event this year.
The best Wildcat vaulter is DeeDee Buzzi, who has cleared an unofficial best of 12 feet.
Buzzi was UA's homecoming queen in 1996.
Changes may be seen in the men's basketball team's starting lineup.
"It will be an interesting battle at (the four spot)," Arizona head coach Lute Olson said. "Gene (Edgerson) certainly did a good job for us, and that spot is up for grabs."
Olson made the remarks after the 83-61 defeat of Washington State. In the contest, Edgerson pulled down 13 rebounds and collected one point in 21 minutes while starting power forward Bennett Davison recorded just five rebounds and four points in 20 minutes of play.
Arizona moved from fourth to third in the latest Associated Press men's basketball poll announced yesterday. The Wildcats (21-3) have won 14 consecutive games giving them the longest active winning streak in the nation. North Carolina reassumed the No. 1 slot after routing then No. 1 Duke 97-73 on Thursday. The Tar Heels received 68 of the 70 first-place votes with Arizona picking up the other two. Duke is second and Kansas and Utah round out the top five.