Bahn: Red Wolves Embracing Bold Vision For The Future; Shanita Arnold Returns 'Home'

by Chris Bahn  on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 3:31 pm  

Sun Belt player of the year Ryan Aplin doesn't doubt the Red Wolves can crank the Top 25 and be a consistent Sun Belt winner under new coach Gus Malzahn. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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“This job appeals to me.”

And, in talking with Aplin, it’s clear the players aren’t intimidated by the idea of improving the program’s standing nationally.

Welcome Home
This weekend is a homecoming of sorts for Arizona point guard Shanita Arnold.

Arnold, a Fort Smith native, will lead the Wildcats into a Sunday game with UAPB. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.

Arizona has improved significantly with Arnold, a transfer from Arkansas, running the point. In her first season, the Wildcats went from 12 to 14 wins and they won 21 in 2010-11.

Arnold averaged 31.6 minutes, 7.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game last season as one of the Pac-10’s top point guards. She enters the game averaging 9.8 points and 4.8 assists per game with starts in eight of nine games.

Arizona enters 8-1. UAPB is 0-8 entering its first home game of the season.

It's common practice for Wildcats Coach Niya Butts to schedule a game in the home state of senior players.



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