Arizona hires Adia Barnes, program's leading scorer, as coach

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona has hired former player Adia Barnes as its next women's basketball coach, the school announced Monday.

She replaces Niya Butts, who was not retained after eight years as the Wildcats' coach.

Barnes is Arizona's all-time leading scorer and was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1997-98. She went on to play 12 seasons in the WNBA, winning a championship with Seattle in 2004. She also played for Cleveland, Minnesota and Sacramento, with offseason stints in the Ukraine, Israel, Turkey, Russia and Italy.

She spent the past five seasons as an assistant at Washington and previously worked as a TV and radio analyst for Seattle Storm games.