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Arizona women’s basketball juggles a tough nonconference schedule and an inexperienced roster

Many Arizona women’s basketball fans have been demanding two things in recent years: playing young players more in hopes that they won’t transfer and playing a tougher nonconference schedule. Are those two things compatible? If not, will the players and the fans stick with the process?

Finding the balance

Our recent article explored how much Arizona head coach Adia Barnes has played freshmen over the years. As expected, she played her freshmen a lot in the early years. Lack of players able to put up numbers at the Pac-12 level gave her few options.