Warthen to Play Professional Basketball in Finland

TUCSON, Ariz.--- Former Arizona guard Candice Warthen has signed a professional contract to play basketball with Finland’s Forssan Alku, the club announced on Monday.

Warthen put together a spectacular senior season for Arizona during 2014-15, as she led the team in scoring (12.8 ppg), free throws made (3.0 fpg), field goals made (4.6 fpg), assists (2.8 apg), steals (1.1 spg), defensive rebounding (4.4 rpg) and minutes played (33.4 mpg). The senior also led the Cats in scoring in 17 of 30 games and was named an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, All-Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention, and Pac-12 Player of the Week for Feb. 9.
“I am very blessed to be able to continue to play the game that I love at the professional level,” Warthen said. “This is just an amazing feeling and I can’t wait to get back on the court with my new team.”
The Warrenton, Ga. native goes down as one of the top scorers in program history, as she ended her Arizona career with 1,128 points, which ranks 16th on the school’s all-time list. She also is responsible for one of the most iconic shots in recent UA history, as she knocked down the would-be game-winning jumper from the left side with three seconds remaining to give the Wildcats a 60-57 win over then-ranked No. 12 Stanford back on Feb. 8, 2015. The victory marked the Cats’ first win over the Cardinal since 2004.
In Warthen’s final career home game, she dropped a season-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting to help propel Arizona to a 64-41 win over Utah on Senior Day.
She also scored a career-high 36 points on 11-of-18 shooting, leading Arizona to a 79-66 win over Georgia State back on Nov. 13, 2011. The performance still ranks second on the school’s single-game scoring list.
Warthen joins a Forssan Alku squad that finished sixth in the league a year ago, including securing a berth in the postseason.