Wildcat Wednesday – Title IX Anniversary Celebration

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TITLE IX ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Approaching 50and anniversary on June 23, 2022 of the enactment of Title IX, Arizona Athletics is launching a celebration and recognition of the impact of Title IX on women’s sports across the country and right here at the University of Arizona. We’ll tell the powerful story of women’s sports in Arizona and the generations of Wildcats who graduated from our programs as athletic, academic and lifelong champions.


Our IX Anniversary title hub page will be home to the rich heritage and tradition of women’s sports at Arizona Athletics as we continue to add new content to the page over the coming months. We kicked things off with a BearDown Podcast interview with one of the pioneers from Arizona. Rocky LaRose was a softball student-athlete who became a historic icon as a key leader in the athletic department for nearly four decades.


Our Athletic Department’s ongoing tributes and celebrations will culminate with an exciting, soon to be announced event hosted by the Athletic Department on June 23, 2022. Please join us in celebrating this milestone and the exceptional young women who lived the Wildcat Way, achieved their dreams of graduating from college, and proudly represented this great university through the passage of Title IX.



WOMEN’S BASKETBALL IN LAS VEGAS

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Fresh off their Senior Day win over USC, Coach Barnes and the Wildcats travel to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Tournament at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Mandalay Bay. Arizona is the fourth seed with a first-round bye, meaning Game 1 is at 1 p.m. MST on Thursday, March 3 against Colorado. Pac-12 networks will broadcast all tournament games except for the championship game, which will air on ESPN2. Click here to see the full table for this year’s tournament and see ticket information here.


The Pac-12 conference released its postseason awards on Tuesday, and a trio of Wildcats received well-deserved accolades. Senior Cate Reese was named to the All-Pac-12 team for a third straight season while Sam Thomas earned All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive team honors. Junior Helena Pueyo was named All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention for the first time in her career.


We wish Arizona Women’s Basketball good luck in Las Vegas. We know the Wildcat family will cheer you on in person as well as from across the country. Shoot down and go cats!



SPRING FOOTBALL TRAINING

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March marks the start of spring football, and Coach Fisch and the Wildcats want to see you at practice! Our next spring practice will be Tuesday, March 15 at 3:25 p.m. MST at Dick Tomey Practice Fields. All spring practices are open to the public and free. Arizona Football practices will culminate with the Spring Game, which is scheduled for 12 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, April 9.


We look forward to seeing you at practices this spring as we prepare for an exciting football season in Arizona.



HISTORIC ARIZONA GYMNASTICS VICTORY

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Congratulations to Arizona Gymnastics on their historic win over No. 4 Utah last weekend, which marked the program’s first-ever win over the Utes. It was a great time to watch as our GymCats competed proudly all season and achieved true greatness at the McKale Center. The winning effort earned Elena Deets the Pac-12 Coaches Performer of the Week award. You can relive this monumental night with our highlights of the encounter.


Coach Court and the Wildcats are back in action this week when they host Oregon State at 6 p.m. MST on Friday, March 4 inside the McKale Center. Tickets for all home competitions are just $5 for seniors, youth and veterans and $8 for general public. Click here to buy tickets now, and we’ll see you Friday night at McKale.



THE RETURN OF THE MEN’S HOOP

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Arizona men’s basketball returns to Tucson for its final two home games of the season after capturing the Pac-12 regular season championship in a 91-71 win at No. 16 USC on Tuesday night. The nationally televised victory was the perfect exclamation point for a regular season title, and the team was able to clinch with two games to go. Congratulations to our student-athletes, coaches and staff on winning a Pac-12 title.


This week’s games at McKale Center begin with Stanford at 7 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, March 3 on ESPN2 and Wildcats Radio 1290 AM. Arizona has won 10 of its last 11 meetings against the Cardinal at McKale and is looking to improve on that record. Thursday’s game will also be our tribute to Lute Olson Play as we honor our Wildcat trainer icon.


Seniors Day takes place Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m. (MST) on Pac-12 Networks as we pay tribute to our only senior, Justin Kier, before the game alongside our senior student leaders. Justin is a transfer graduate who has been key to this season’s historic success. Despite only spending his last year of eligibility as a Wildcat, Justin called moving to Arizona “the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.” We have a limited number of tickets available for both games, so click here to buy now.



ARIZONA WOMEN’S TENNIS WINS AGAIN

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With a win over No. 26 Alabama to cap their run at the Blue Gray Tennis Classic in Alabama, Coach Stotland and the Wildcats were off to a strong start at 8-2. The team’s eight wins also include a perfect 3-0 start at home where they will host three games this week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This week’s action at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center kicks off with the Pac-12 opener against Washington State at 11 a.m. (MST) on Friday, March 4, followed by the Washington Huskies at 12 p.m. (MST) the Saturday. Admission is free for all home games, so join us for a game of tennis this week.



HOME BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

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Have you ever seen a volleyball game at Bear Down Beach? This week is the perfect time to enjoy Arizona Beach Volleyball when it hosts the Cactus Classic with a pair of Friday and Saturday doubleheaders. The first official home games of the season begin Friday, March 4 at 11 a.m. (MST) with Santa Clara before a 3 p.m. (MST) showdown with Boise State. Saturday’s schedule includes games against Colorado Mesa and Hawai’i at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. (MST).


Arizona Beach Volleyball is coming off an outstanding streak of excellence over the past three seasons as the program continues to rewrite its record books. The atmosphere at Bear Down Beach is fun and a great way to enjoy our great weather in Southern Arizona. With free admission, bring your family to campus for Bear Down with the Wildcats!



THE WILDCAT INVITATION AT HILLENBRAND

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There’s more tournament action to come Mike Candrea Pitch at Rita Hillenbrand Stadium this weekend as the schedule hosts the Wildcat Invitational. Iowa State, Boise State, North Dakota, Texas State and Loyola Chicago make up this year’s field, which means there’s a big slate of games all weekend. -end for the fans.


Arizona got off to a 10-4 start after competing in the Mary Nutter Classic last weekend. Our atmosphere for home softball games has been electric this season as the Wildcat family continues the legacy of this legendary venue. Click here to get your tickets for the Wildcat Invitational.



COACH Shields AND THE WILDCATS

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Arizona men’s tennis will return to the friendly confines of the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, where the team has a perfect 8-0 record. The Wildcats take on Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m. MT on Friday, March 4 to open a jam-packed weekend of events at Arizona Athletics. Our fans have brought a dynamic energy to the home games this season, and we want to continue to develop our playing environment. Admission is free for the games, and we look forward to seeing you this weekend.



MORE BASEBALL AT HI CORBETT

After Tuesday’s win over Dixie State, Arizona Baseball got off to an 8-1 start, marking one of the best coaching starts in program history. Coach Hale and the Wildcats have four games left to end a 10-game homestand, starting with an opener against Texas State on Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. (MST). The three-game series with the Bobcats over the weekend will see the return to work of the powerful Wildcat offense which has scored eight or more points in seven of its nine games this season.


Hi Corbett continued its legacy in 2022 as one of college baseball’s premier venues, and our new concession operator Aramark, continues to enhance our fans’ experience at the ballpark. You can Bear Down with the Cats in person this weekend by purchasing your tickets now.



COMPLIANCE CORNER

Wildcat fans and donors, with spring semester competitions underway, please keep in mind that student-athletes enjoy free admission to events in their sport to use for friends and family. These free entries cannot be traded or sold without impacting the eligibility of student-athletes. Additionally, NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes and staff from betting on events or providing inside information to those who may gamble. Please keep this in mind when having conversations with our staff and student-athletes. If you have any questions about these recalls, please contact the Compliance Office at (520) 621-4796.


WEAR THE COLORS – SHARE THE PHOTOS

Send us your photos of you wearing the colors while being careful!

Thank you for wearing the colors and sharing your Arizona pride! Be sure to take a picture the next time you wear the colors and send it to us, we might include it in next week’s Wildcat Wednesday! And even if your photo submission isn’t part of next week’s edition, please check out our “Wear the Colors” album on facebook.com/ArizonaAthletics on Fridays.


NOTE: Please submit photos for Wildcat Wednesday with an original email to [email protected] using the subject line ‘Wildcat photo Wednesday.’ Also ensure that all submissions are clear and properly lit. We also ask that you identify everyone in the photo so that we can highlight them accordingly.

Stay safe, lower and hide!



Dave Heke
director of athletics
University of Arizona
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