Ibekwe Leads Spar CityLift Uni Girona to Spanish Crown - Tucson News Now

Ibekwe Leads Spar CityLift Uni Girona to Spanish Crown

Source: Arizona Athletics Source: Arizona Athletics
 TUCSON, Ariz.--- Former Arizona Wildcat standout forward Ify Ibekwe helped make history last week, as she led Spar Citylift Uni Girona to its first Spanish League Championship last Thursday.

Ibekwe was the star of the night, as she recorded a double-double, going for a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting a stellar 10-of-14 from the field in Spar Citylift Uni Girona's convinving 72-54 win over Perfumerias Avenida in the championship game.

“It feels amazing to win the Spanish Championship,” said Ibekwe. “My team and I went through a lot of adversity and overcame a lot of obstacles this season, but our common goal was always to win the title and we stuck together as a team, despite coaching changes and injuries.

“This is just such a wonderful feeling and I'm beyond thankful for this,”Ibekwe added. “I'm beyond blessed to be a part of the 2014-15 Spar Citylift Uni Girona women's basketball team.”

The Carson, Calif. native has been dominant all season, as she averaged 16.6 points per contest on 53.2 percent shooting, while pulling down 10.2 rebounds per contest. She led the club in points scored, steals, blocks, overall rebounds, defensive rebounds, and free throws made.

“I'm so happy for Ify,” said UA head coach Niya Butts. “Winning a championship is always the ultimate goal, no matter what level you're playing at. She is an outstanding talent and a great competitor.”

Ibekwe is one of the most accomplished players in program history, as she averaged 14.3 points and 10.3 rebounds for her career. She holds the school record for rebounds in a season (352), career rebounds (1,194), rebounding average for a season (11.6 rpg during 2008-09), and career double-doubles (55). She ranks fifth on UA's all-time list in career minutes played (3,629), fourth in career field goals made (628), and fifth in career free throws made (362).

While at Arizona Ibekwe was named a two-time All-America Honorable Mention, a three-time All-Pac-10 First Team member, an All-Pac-10 Freshman Team member, and the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.  

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