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VIDEO: Adia Barnes grades herself following coaching debut

TUCSON, Ariz. – Adia Barnes took the court as head coach of the University of Arizona for the first time on Tuesday night as the Wildcats took on the Western New Mexico Mustangs in an exhibition game. Arizona came out on top by a score of 77-48.

“It’s great to see us in game situations just to see how we react and try some different things and just to learn from it,” Barnes said. “We can learn from this and there were a lot of good teaching moments. What’s really cool about it is you get to implement things and see what works and what doesn’t work. I think the girls are having a great time and the players are running some different things, but I saw a lot of good things tonight.”

Dejza James missed 19 games last season and got off to a hot start this year as she recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points on 7-9 shooting and grabbed a team high 12 rebounds. James scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds as well in the second half.

LaBrittney Jones led the team in scoring as she poured in 15 points on 4-8 shooting. The senior was 7-8 from the charity stripe and finished with six rebounds, four on the offensive end. She also blocked three shots.

“I think it went well for this to be our first game with new coaches and all new changes,” Jones said. “We still have a lot of things we need to work on, but for our first game out, I think it was pretty good.”

Destiny Graham got off to a good start as well as she was close to a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Graham also blocked two shots and was 5-6 from the line.

Farrin Bell was Arizona’s fourth and final double-figure scorer as she put 13 points on the board. Bell’s career high in points scored is 10 back on Dec. 10, 2015 against Louisiana Tech.

Overall, the Wildcats shot 47% from the field and 70% from the free throw line. The paint was Wildcat Country as Arizona outscored the Mustangs 38-13 in the paint and 28-3 in second-chance points. Those second-chance points for the Wildcats were due to the 23 offensive rebounds. Overall, Arizona outrebounded the Mustangs 53-20.

Arizona scored at least 16 points in each quarter and did not allow more than 16 points in any quarter.

The Wildcats are back in action for the season opener and the official start of the Adia Barnes era on Sunday, Nov. 13 as Arizona takes on Alcorn State in McKale Center at 2 p.m. MST.

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