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Wildcat Wrap: Arizona men’s and women’s basketball trending in opposite directions

NCAA Basketball: Baylor at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Monday, which means it’s time to catch up on everything that happened regarding the Arizona Wildcats last week.

Let us know in the comment section if we missed anything!


  • Stacy Iveson was named head softball coach of Team Israel on Thursday. Iveson, who is currently Arizona softball’s director of recruiting operations, will oversee the team as it chases a chance to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She will not be the lone Wildcat on the team, though, as former players Debby Day and Lisa Bernstein are also on staff.Plus two current UA players, senior Tamara “T” Statman and freshman Vanessa Foreman, were among those to be named to the first half of the Israel roster. Players must have one Jewish parent or grandparent and travel to the country to get dual citizenship in order to play for the team.
  • Iveson’s team is set to play in the European Championships this upcoming summer in hopes of qualifying for the Olympics. Should the team achieve that, it would be the first time since 1968 a team from the country has qualified.
  • In Pac-12 news, Oregon ace Megan Kleist transferred to Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ducks lost their other elite starter, Miranda Elish, to transfer earlier in the offseason.



Women’s Basketball

  • After more than a week off, the women return to action Monday night against UTEP then Friday against NAU to wrap up non-conference play.
  • At 8-1, there is a lot to like about the way Arizona is playing, but it has also had an extremely soft schedule, which could pose problems once Pac-12 play starts. We talked to Adia Barnes about that, and she revealed why she is not worried about it.
  • Pac-12 play begins Dec. 30 against No. 17 Arizona State.

Men’s Basketball