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Ify Ibekwe

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Background

Seattle Storm
2011: Played in three games … Notched a total of eight minutes played.

WNBA Offseason
2010-11: Started the offseason with Belgium’s Dexia Namur … Averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.6 assists per game through 12 domestic league games … Averaged 21.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists through six EuroCup contests … Began play with Spain’s Burgos in February ... Averaged 10.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 assists through six Spanish League games.

Arizona
• Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (2010, 2011)
• All-Pac-10 First Team (2009, 2010, 2011)
• Pac-10 All-Defensive Team (2009, 2010, 2011)
• Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America Team (2009)
• Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (2008)

Senior (2010-11): Earned her second-consecutive Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award … Garnered First Team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Defensive Team recognition … Played in 32 games with 31 starts … Averaged 16.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 1.9 assists and 1.5 blocks per game … Had a career-high eight steals versus Washington on Jan. 22 … Matched a career-standard with 22 rebounds against Arizona State on Feb. 13 … Made a career-high five 3-point field goals at Oregon on March 5.

Junior (2009-10): Named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year … Earned First Team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Defensive Team honors … Ranked ninth nationally and led the Pac-10 in rebounding average (11.4) … Ranked 15th nationally with 18 double-doubles on the season … Ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in total steals (68) … Set the Arizona single-season record for rebounds (352) … Notched double-figure scoring in 24 of 31 games played …Recorded double-digit rebounds in 21 games with 15 or more rebounds in seven contests.

Sophomore (2008-09): Earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors, becoming the first Wildcat to earn the honor since 2004-05 … Garnered Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors … Ranked sixth nationally at led the Pac-10 in rebounding average (11.6) … Ranked second in the Pac-10 in scoring average (15.7) … Led Arizona in steals (60), blocked shots (52), free throws (109) and field goals (173) … Notched 16 double-doubles during the season.

Freshman (2007-08): Named to the All-Pac 10 Freshman Team … Played in 24 games, making13 starts … Averaged 10.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game … Averaged 12.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game when starting … Led the team in rebounding average (8.0) and blocked shots (30), while ranking third in scoring average (10.4) and field goal percentage (47.3) … Led the team in scoring on five occasions and rebounding 14 times … Notched 12 double-figure scoring performances … Recorded 10 double-digit rebounding performances … Ranked second on the team with six double-doubles.

Narbonne High School: Averaged 21.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, 3.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game as a senior, leading the team to the Marine League title … Garnered Marine League Most Valuable Player honors … Earned first team All-Dream Team Southern California selection … Two-time All-Marine League honoree … Earned second team all-state honors following her senior season.

Personal

Ifunanya Debbie Ibekwe … Born on Oct. 5, 1989 … Native of Carson, Calif. … Daughter of Austine and Agatha Ibekwe … Has two brothers, Onye and Ekene, and a sister, Chinyere … Graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011 with a degree in psychology.

Career Transactions

Signed with Phoenix as a free agent on March 7, 2013 ... Signed with San Antonio as a free agent on February 10, 2012 … Selected by Seattle in the second round (24th overall) of the 2011 WNBA Draft.