WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's basketball team (16-7 overall, 6-5 Pac-10) opens a three-game home stand this weekend with a pair of contests against the L.A. schools. The Wildcats play host to UCLA on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. Arizona then plays USC on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. in a contest that will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Sports Net.
POSSIBLE STARTING LINEUP: 35 Krista Warren F/G 6-2 So. Cloverdale, CA 9.2 ppg 5.7 rpg 1.9 apg 45 Elizabeth Pickney F 6-4 Jr. Houston, TX 15.7 ppg 6.5 rpg 1.3 bpg 50 LaKeisha Taylor C 6-4 Jr. Houston, TX 11.5 ppg 5.9 rpg 10 Reshea Bristol G 5-10 Sr. Omaha, NE 14.7 ppg 4.7 rpg 7.0 apg 13 Aimee Grzyb G 5-7 Fr. San Jose, CA 8.2 ppg 2.0 rpg 2.1 apg OFF THE BENCH: (in numerical order) 4 Candice Allen G 5-10 Fr. Ontario, CA 5.9 ppg 2.4 rpg 1.2 apg 14 Jen Chesney G 6-0 Fr. Newberg, OR 1.2 ppg 1.4 rpg 22 Veranda James F 6-3 Fr. Pomona, CA 13.7 ppg 8.3 rpg 1.3 apg 25 Shannon Torregrosa F 6-1 Fr. San Diego, CA has not played 51 Michelle Mitchell C 6-4 Jr. Oregon City, OR 1.3 ppg 1.7 rpg
ABOUT ARIZONA: It was a pair of losses in Los Angeles that started Arizona's current five-game road losing skid, so the Wildcats are seeking revenge this weekend against UCLA and USC. The Cats have lost five of their last seven games and have slipped to 16-7 overall and 6-5 in Pac-10 play.
The Cats have again dropped out of the Associated Press Top 25, after being ranked No. 22 last week. They received only 10 votes for ranking this week, their lowest vote total since earning only nine votes in the Dec. 4 poll. Inexplicably, the Wildcats are hanging on in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, slipping to No. 23 this week from a No. 19 ranking last week.
Following another career-best performance of 29 points at Washington last Thursday, junior forward Elizabeth Pickney continues to lead the Wildcats in scoring, with an average of 15.7 points per game. She is second in rebounding, at 6.5 per game. Senior guard Reshea Bristol is the second-leading scorer, at 14.7 ppg. She is leading Arizona and the Pac-10 in both assists (7.00 apg) and steals (3.04 spg).
Returning to action this week for the first time since Jan. 20, freshman forward Veranda James is a close third in scoring at 13.7 ppg and has the team's top rebounding average at 8.3 per game. Junior center LaKeisha Taylor is fourth on the team in scoring, with 11.5 ppg, and is second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage, hitting 64.2 percent from the floor.
As a team, Arizona is leading the Pac-10 in scoring (80.7 ppg), scoring margin (+11.4 ppg) and field goal percentage (.463). The Cats are second in four other categories, including rebounding (41.2 rpg) and free throw percentage (.703).
A NEW ADDITION: In an attempt to help provide more depth to the Wildcat bench, Arizona volleyball player Shannon Torregrosa has joined the UA women's basketball team for the remainder of the season. She will be playing as a post for the Cats, with a freshman eligibility.
At 6-1, Torregrosa has been a reserve outside hitter for the Wildcat volleyball team over the last two seasons. She played in 60 games last fall, collecting 114 kills, 68 digs, 33 blocks and a .227 hitting percentage while helping the Cats to their first-ever Pac-10 co-championship.
JAMES RETURNS TO ACTION: After suffering her second concussion of the season during an accidental fall on Jan. 24, freshman forward Veranda James has been cleared to play and will see action in this weekend's games. Due to this concussion, a previous concussion suffered on Dec. 6, and some academic issues, James has played in only 12 games this year, including only seven of Arizona's last 18 contests.
ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Twenty-nine Wildcat turnovers and a poor defensive effort resulted in Arizona's fifth straight road loss, 93-86, at Washington State on Feb. 10.
The Cats jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game, then WSU went on a 19-7 run to take a six-point (19-13) lead at 13:38. Arizona was forced to play come-from-behind for the remainder of the half, coming to within one point twice, but ended up trailing by seven (50-43) at halftime.
The Cougars pushed the lead to 12 points (55-43) early in the second, then Arizona made a 31-18 run to gain a one-point (74-73) edge with just over six minutes remaining. The two teams traded buckets for three more minutes, then Washington State capitalized on two UA turnovers, two missed free throws and four fouls in the waning minutes to win the game. Arizona hit only two field goals in the final 3:47 of the contest.
LaKeisha Taylor tied her career high and led all scorers with 23 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Krista Warren also tied her career high with 19 points, and freshman Candice Allen came off the bench to put up a season high 18 points.
Elizabeth Pickney had 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Reshea Bristol notched her fifth double-double of the season, with 12 points and a game-high 11 assists.
ABOUT UCLA: The Bruins are 3-18 overall and 2-8 in Pac-10 play. They have lost five games in a row and haven't won since downing Arizona at home on Jan. 20. UCLA is coming off a 61-56 loss at USC last Saturday. The Bruins are 0-10 in road games this season.
With 19.9 points per game, junior guard Michelle Greco is leading both UCLA and the Pac-10 in scoring. Sophomore forward Kristee Porter is second in scoring at 9.4 ppg and is the team's top rebounder at 7.6 per game. Junior center Malika Leatham is averaging 7.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg.
UCLA is leading the Pac-10 in steals (11.33 spg) and turnover margin (+3.52 topg). Aside from leading the league in scoring, Michelle Greco is also tops in free throw percentage (.873).
Head coach Kathy Olivier (UNLV, 1982) has a 118-103 record in eight years at the helm of the Bruin program.
THE SERIES vs. UCLA: The Bruins have a solid 34-11 lead in the series with Arizona and has won each of the last five meetings. Earlier this season, UCLA handed Arizona a 59-56 overtime loss on Jan. 20.
The Wildcats haven't beaten UCLA since an 84-73 victory over the Bruins in Tucson on Mar. 7, 1998. Arizona is 6-16 all-time when playing UCLA in Tucson.
LAST MEETING WITH UCLA: Registering its lowest offensive output in two years, the Wildcats suffered a 59-56 loss in overtime at UCLA on Jan. 20.
The two teams traded buckets throughout the first half, creating six lead changes and five ties. UCLA had the largest lead of the period at four (27-23) with 1:39 remaining in the half, but the Cats nailed a layup and a pair of free throws to knot the score at 27-all at the break.
The Cats managed their own four-point (33-29) lead early in the second half, but seven UA turnovers and only one UA field goal over a 10-minute stretch allowed UCLA to snag a seven-point (44-37) advantage at the 7:40 mark. Barely a minute later, Arizona had tied the score again, only to see UCLA gain another four-point (51-47) advantage with 3:01 left to play.
The Wildcats tied it up again with 1:19 left, then the teams traded a couple of buckets, playing to a 53-all tie at the end of regulation. The overtime period was all UCLA, as the Bruins connected on two easy buckets in the first three minutes and out-scored the Wildcats, 6-3, to take the 59-56 victory. The contest was the first overtime game between UCLA and Arizona since 1991.
Krista Warren had 11 points to go with nine rebounds in the game, and Veranda James pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds while scoring eight points.
ABOUT USC: The Women of Troy are 9-11 overall and 4-6 in the Pac-10 after logging a 61-56 win over rival UCLA at home on Saturday. USC has won four of its last seven games and will play at Arizona State on Thursday before heading to Tucson.
Freshman guard Aisha Hollans is leading USC in scoring with 12.3 points per game. Fellow freshman Ebony Hoffman is close behind at 12.0 ppg and is the team's top rebounder, with 8.2 per game.
USC is second in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (4.45 bpg) and in steals (10.2 spg). Ebony Hoffman is the league's second-leading rebounder, and senior center Denise Woods is second in blocked shots (1.63 bpg).
Head coach Chris Gobrecht (USC, 1977) has a 44-57 record in four years at the helm of her alma mater's program. She is 376-263 in 22 years as a head coach.
THE SERIES vs. USC: The Women of Troy have a comfortable 35-10 lead in the series with Arizona. USC has won two in a row against the Cats, although Arizona had won six straight against USC prior to the two losses. In the first meeting this year, USC gave Arizona a solid 81-67 beating.
The Wildcats have not lost to USC at home since an 87-72 defeat by the Women of Troy on Jan. 16, 1997. Arizona has a 5-15 all-time record when playing USC in Tucson.
LAST MEETING WITH USC: Committing a season-high 31 turnovers and allowing the Women of Troy to hit 51.7 percent from the floor, the Wildcats saw their seven-game win streak come to an end on Jan. 18 with an 81-67 loss at USC.
USC jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead on Arizona before the Cats recovered enough to tie the game at 8-all at the 15:11 mark. The Women of Troy surged ahead, using a 13-2 run midway through the period to take an 11-point lead at 8:34. The Wildcats used a 17-8 spurt to pull within two points, but that was the closest they would come for the remainder of the game, as USC ended the period on an 8-3 spurt to take a 39-32 advantage into the break.
The Women of Troy opened the second half with a 17-5 run that put them ahead 19 points (56-37) by the 14:23 mark. The Cats got back to within 13 a few times, but that was the closest they came as they suffered one of their worst losses of the season.
LaKeisha Taylor and Reshea Bristol had 17 points each, while Krista Warren added 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Wildcats remain at home for a contest against rival Arizona State on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. After that, the Cats hit the road for their final regular season road games at Oregon State and Oregon on Mar. 1 and 3.
BIOGRAPHY OF A LOSING SKID: Arizona has lost five consecutive road games for the first time since losing six in a row between Feb. 2 and Feb. 25, 1995. During this losing skid, the Cats have averaged only 70.8 points and 36.0 rebounds per game. They've been out-scored by an average of 8.8 ppg and have been out-rebounded by 6.6 rpg. They've averaged a whopping 23 turnovers per game to the opponents' 19 per game, and they've allowed opponents to hit an average of 6.8 three-pointers per game.
CREEPING UP ON A RECORD: With 234 career steals, Reshea Bristol is in the No. 2 spot on Arizona's all-time steals list. She needs only 22 more steals to tie former teammate Adia Barnes for the career lead with 256 thefts.
HEAD COACH JOAN BONVICINI: In her 10th year at the helm of the Arizona women's basketball program, head coach Joan Bonvicini has collected an unparalleled list of accomplishments, both for the university and for her career.
Bonvicini has posted a 175-112 (.610) mark in 10 seasons at Arizona and has more wins at the UA than all six of the previous Wildcat coaches combined. In 22 years as a collegiate head coach, Bonvicini has a 500-183 (.732) career record. She also has a 23-14 mark in NCAA tournament play and has never lost a first-round game in 14 appearances.
Prior to taking over at the UA, Bonvicini led Long Beach State to 10 consecutive NCAA appearances, including two trips to the Final Four. She registered a 325-71 mark in 12 seasons with the 49ers.
BONVICINI GAINS WIN No. 500: Wildcat head coach Joan Bonvicini earned her 500th career victory against Oregon State on Feb. 3. She is one of only 17 active Division I women's basketball coaches to reach that 500-win mark.
THE REST OF THE STAFF: Awarded the title of associate head coach two years ago, Denise Dove Ianello (Northern Illinois, 1991) is in her ninth year at the UA, functioning as both the team's recruiting coordinator and a perimeter coach. Third-year assistant coach Karen Caires (Cal State Northridge, 1990) works with the perimeter players, assists with scouting and recruiting and directs the Joan Bonvicini Hoop Camp. In his second year at the UA, assistant coach Curtis Loyd (Southern Utah, 1994) is involved with scouting and with coaching the post players.
DID YOU KNOW: Since Joan Bonvicini took over the Arizona program in 1991, the Wildcats have gone 91-82 against Pac-10 teams, although they have a 57-26 league mark over the last five seasons combined.
PICKNEY ACHIEVES 1,000 POINTS: At the 17:32 mark in the second half of the Washington State game on Feb. 10, junior forward Elizabeth Pickney became the 10th Arizona women's basketball player to reach the 1,000-point mark in career scoring. With teammate Reshea Bristol scoring her 1,000th career point in January, Pickney is the second Wildcat to reach that plateau this season.
80 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: It seems that the 80-point mark almost always means adding another to the "win" column for the Wildcats. In the 29-year history of UA women's basketball, the Cats have posted a 132-18 record when scoring 80 points or more in a game. Under Bonvicini, the Wildcats have gone 92-11 when topping that 80-point plateau.
KEYS TO THE WIN: This season, Arizona is... 10-3 when out-rebounding its opponent... 14-3 when shooting better than its opponent from the floor... 15-5 when shooting 40% or better from the field... 13-3 when four or more players reach double digits in scoring... 11-0 when leading at halftime... 12-2 when forcing more turnovers than it commits... 15-2 when scoring 70 points or more... 11-3 when opponents score 71 points or less.
HOW TO AVOID A LOSS: According to the season's trends thus far, the best way for Arizona to avoid losing this season might be to lead at the half, shoot better from the floor than the opponent, commit fewer turnovers than the opponent and score 70 points or more.
The Cats are only 5-7 this year when tied or trailing at halftime, 2-4 when shooting worse from the field than the opponent, 3-5 when committing more turnovers than the opponent, 1-2 when shooting below 40% from the floor, 1-5 when scoring 69 points or less, and 3-4 when three or fewer Wildcats reach double digits in scoring.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Including a perfect 11-0 record so far this year, the Wildcats have won 16 of their last 17 home games and are 38-6 on their home court over the last three seasons combined. During Joan Bonvicini's 10 seasons at Arizona, the Wildcats have posted a 103-41 mark in McKale Center. Arizona has a record of 169-149 on its home court since the 1976-77 season.
ROAD WOES: In contrast to their 11-0 home record this year, the Wildcats are only 4-6 in road games this season. They are averaging only 74.2 points and 39.7 rebounds per game on the road. A comparison...
The Cats at Home - Arizona 88.1 ppg 42.5 rpg 19.4 apg 9.8 spg .492 fg pct .723 ft pct Opp. 66.0 ppg 38.5 rpg 15.3 apg 5.7 spg .369 fg pct .667 ft pct +22.1 ppg +4.0 rpg The Cats on the Road - Arizona 74.2 ppg 39.7 rpg 14.7 apg 8.8 spg .445 fg pct .684 ft pct Opp. 73.0 ppg 38.9 rpg 16.9 apg 9.8 spg .432 fg pct .612 ft pct +1.2 ppg +0.8 rpg
WILDCAT RADIO FREQUENCY HAS CHANGED: All Arizona women's basketball broadcasts have moved, along with host station KCEE, to a new frequency. All broadcasts, including games and the Joan Bonvicini Coach's Show (Mondays, 6-7 p.m.), can now be heard on 97.1 KCEE FM, instead of the previous frequency of 940 AM.
STEPPING UP: Junior center LaKeisha Taylor seems to have come into her own this season. During her first six games, Taylor registered only 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 58.3 percent (14-24) from the floor.
However, over the last 16 games, Taylor has averaged to 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while hitting 65.4 percent (83-127) from the field. She has reached double digits in scoring in 12 of the Cats' last 16 games.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES: Arizona seems to be a "second-half team" this season. The Cats are averaging 37.7 ppg during the first halves of this season's contests, out-scoring opponents by an average of only 3.4 ppg in that period. During the second halves of this season's games, though, the Wildcats are averaging 42.9 ppg and are out-scoring opponents by an average of 8.2 ppg for that period.
BY THE NUMBERS: Twelve of Arizona's wins this year have been by a total of 10 points or more... Five of those wins have been by spreads of 30 points or more... The Cats have hit four or more 3-pointers in 18 games... Arizona has had 15 or more assists in 14 games... The Cats have had 10 or more steals in 11 games... Arizona has forced its opponent into 20 or more turnovers in 12 contests... The UA has scored 80 points or better in 13 games.
GETTING TO THE LINE: Arizona is averaging 17.6 points per game from the free throw line this season. The Cats have made it to the free throw line 582 times over 23 games, for an average of 25.3 attempts per contest. The Wildcats have connected on 409 of those attempts (70.3 percent).
STRONG SCHEDULE: Several of Arizona's 2001 opponents were listed in this week's national rankings.
In this week's Associated Press Top 25, Notre Dame is No. 1, Washington is No. 23 and Arizona State is No. 24. Stanford, Oregon, Louisville and Brigham Young were among teams receiving votes for ranking.
In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, Notre Dame is No. 1. Oregon, Stanford, Arizona State, Washington and Louisville were all among the teams receiving votes.
CHECKING THE RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Reshea Bristol is second on the Arizona career list in steals (234), third in free throws made (314), fourth in free throws attempted (432), fourth in three-pointers attempted (242), fifth in three-pointers made (80), seventh in assists (390), eighth in three-point percentage (.331), ninth in field goals attempted (913) and tenth in minutes played (2622). She is in the No. 7 spot on the UA's all-time scoring list, with 1,100 career points, and needs 44 points to move into the No. 6 spot.
Junior forward Elizabeth Pickney is third on the UA career list in blocked shots (97), fourth in rebounding average (5.5 rpg), fourth in scoring average (12.0 ppg), fourth in free throws made (280), fifth in free throws attempted (381), eighth in free throw percentage (.735), eighth in field goal percentage (.488), ninth in minutes played average (25.1) and tenth in rebounding. She just moved into the No. 9 spot on the all-time scoring chart with 1006 career points, needing 54 more points to move to No. 8.
WE CAN HANDLE THE CLOSE ONES...: Under head coach Joan Bonvicini, the Cats have gone 27-21 in games settled by five points or less, including a 9-4 mark in games settled by one or two points.
...BUT WE REALLY PREFER THE BLOWOUTS: Over the last 10 seasons, Bonvicini's Arizona teams have won 55 games by spreads of 20 points or more.
ON LOCATION: Arizona has an 11-0 mark at home this year, is 4-6 on the road and is 1-1 in neutral games. The Wildcats were 12-3 at home last season, 9-4 in road games and 4-0 in neutral contests.
CAT SCRATCHES: The Arizona women's basketball program has a 334-400 (.455) all-time record, however it is 138-64 (.683) from 1994 to present... Joan Bonvicini has a 181-94 career record against Pac-10 teams.
WILDCATS ON TELEVISION: The Cats are currently scheduled to make television appearances for at least three more games...
Sun., Feb. 18 USC Fox Sports Net 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 24 Arizona State WB 58 4 p.m. Thurs., Mar. 1 at Oregon State Fox Sports Northwest (taped delay)
The Mar. 3 (at Oregon) and Mar. 10 (California) contests have been selected by Fox Sports Net as potential TV games. The television status of each contest will be determined approximately 12 days before the specified dates.
BOZEMAN DISMISSED FROM TEAM: Junior guard Tysell Bozeman was dismissed from the team on Feb. 5 for failure to comply with team policies. She had previously been suspended for two weeks early in January for related reasons.
Bozeman played in 16 games for the Wildcats this season, starting 12. She averaged 9.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
PICKNEY NAMED NATIONAL STAR OF THE WEEK (Feb 5): After leading the Cats to home sweep of the Oregon schools, junior forward Elizabeth Pickney was named the WomensCollegeHoops.com "National Star of the Week" for Jan. 29-Feb. 4.
PICKNEY EARNS SECOND PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS (Feb. 5): Junior forward Elizabeth Pickney was named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 29-Feb. 4. She averaged 22.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while leading the Wildcats to a home sweep of the Oregon schools. On the week, Pickney shot 56.3 percent (18-of-32) from the floor and 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the line. The Player of the Week honor is the second of Pickney's career, her second this season and the 22nd all-time selection for the Wildcats.
BRISTOL HITS 1,000: At the 17:03 mark in the second half of the game at USC on Jan. 18, senior guard Reshea Bristol drained a three-pointer and became only the ninth Wildcat women's basketball player to reach the 1,000-point mark in career scoring.
NICE START: With their 14-2 start, the Wildcats tied the 1999-2000 team for the best record ever through the first 16 games of a season. The Cats' 4-0 start in Pac-10 play this year is their best start ever in conference action.
BRISTOL NAMED NATIONAL STAR OF THE WEEK (Jan. 8): After leading the Cats to a road sweep of the Bay Area schools, senior guard Reshea Bristol was named the WomensCollegeHoops.com "National Star of the Week" for Jan. 2-9.
BRISTOL NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN (Jan 8): Wildcat senior guard Reshea Bristol was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Jan. 2-8. She averaged 22.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 steals, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while leading the Wildcats to a road sweep of the Bay Area schools. She shot 90.9 percent (10-11) from the line, 66.7 percent (4-6) from three-point range and 46.9 percent (15-32) from the floor. That was the second straight week that Bristol earned the Player of the Week honor. The Player of the Week honor is the third of Bristol's career, her second this season and the 22nd all-time selection for Arizona.
BRISTOL NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Jan. 1): Wildcat senior guard Reshea Bristol was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Dec. 18-31. She helped lead Arizona to a 3-1 mark during that time frame, including all-tournament acclaim as the Cats earned runner-up honors at the San Juan Shootout. In wins over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Nebraska and Kansas and a narrow loss to then-No. 9 Auburn, she averaged 16.0 points, 5.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game in 123 total minutes of play. The Player of the Week honor is the second of Bristol's career.
THE CATS AND PAC-10 OPENERS: Under Joan Bonvicini, Arizona has a 7-3 mark in Pac-10 openers and has won its first conference contest in seven of the last eight years.
NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS: The Wildcats wrapped up regular season non-conference play this year with an outstanding 10-2 mark. Their only two losses were to No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 9 Auburn. During its 10 non-conference wins, Arizona averaged an astounding 86.8 points per game and out-scored opponents by an average of 24.9 points per game. Arizona has recorded a 60-14 mark against non-conference opponents over the last six years combined.
WHAT A GAME!: During the Dec. 20 contest against UPR-Mayaguez at the San Juan Shootout, Arizona set a new school record for margin of victory by defeating the Bulldogs, 105-41, a margin of 63 points. That surpassed the previous record if 56 points (99-43) set only 12 days earlier against Bowling Green on Dec. 8.
Arizona's 105 points in that contest is its highest offensive output since scoring 105 points against Sacramento State at home on Dec. 17, 1994. The 41 points scored by the Bulldogs is the best defensive effort since the Cats allowed Cal Poly-SLO to score only 39 on Jan. 9, 1996, in Tucson. The Cats also out-rebounded the Bulldogs by 24 (46-22), the best rebounding margin since the UA out-rebounded Sacramento State by 31 (59-28) during that Dec. 17, 1994 game.
OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: For the first time in the program's history, the Wildcats had four consecutive games of 90 points or more. Arizona defeated UNLV (91-74) on Dec. 6, Bowling Green (99-43) on Dec. 8, Fresno State (92-55) on Dec. 10 and Louisville (90-60) on Dec. 17 to put together the first-ever string of four straight games with offensive outputs of 90+ points.
PICKNEY NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Dec. 11): Junior forward Elizabeth Pickney was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Dec. 4-11. She averaged 20.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game while leading the Wildcats to a 3-0 record for the week. In the three home victories, she shot a combined .489 from the floor (23-for-47), .824 from the line (14-for-17) and hit her first career three-pointer. This is Pickney's second career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Arizona's 20th Player of the Week honor all-time.
DISHING IT OUT: Against UNLV on Dec. 6, senior guard Reshea Bristol racked up a career-high 14 assists. That was the highest single-game assists total for any individual since former Wildcat Brenda Pantoja -- who was on UNLV's bench for that Dec. 6 game as an assistant coach -- collected 14 against Washington State at home on Feb. 29, 1996.
GOOD BEGINNINGS: With Joan Bonvicini at the program's helm, the Wildcats have won six straight season openers and eight in the 10 years she has been at the UA.
BRASE TO REDSHIRT: Wildcat junior guard Julie Brase will redshirt for the 2000-2001 season after having wrist surgery before the start of the season. Brase played in all 32 games last year, starting 19, and averaged 6.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
WHAT THE COACHES THINK: Here is the predicted order of finish for the Pac-10 this season, according to the league's coaches... 1. Stanford, 2. Oregon, 3. USC, 4. ARIZONA, 5. Arizona State, t6. UCLA, t6. Washington, 8. Oregon State, 9. California, 10. Washington State.
The Pac-10 women's basketball media members picked Arizona to finish fourth, as well.
BUT WE CAN DO BETTER: In each of the previous three years, Arizona has equalled or bettered the Pac-10 coaches' pick for its finish... 2000 - picked fourth, finished tied for second; 1999 - picked fifth, finished fourth; 1998 - picked second, finished tied for second.
CATS INK EARLY SIGNEES: The Arizona women's basketball program signed four players on the first day of the early signing period last week. Forwards Danielle Adefeso (Santa Monica, CA/St. Monica HS) and Shawntinice Polk (Hanford, CA/Hanford HS) and guards Robin Roberson (Berkeley, CA/Berkeley HS) and Dee Dee Wheeler (Chicago, IL/Dunbar HS) will all join the Wildcats for the 2001-02 season.
PAC-10 APPROVES CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS: The Pacific-10 Conference Chief Executive Officers have approved the establishment of men's and women's post-season basketball tournaments.
The men's tournament will be an eight-team event to be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The women's tournament will be a 10-team event hosted on campus by one of the Pac-10 members. Both tournaments will begin in March 2002. In each case, the winner of the Tournament will earn the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Oregon has been selected as the first school to host the Pac-10 women's basketball tournament. The historical event will take place in March 2002 on the UO campus.
1999-2000 IN REVIEW: After returning 10 letterwinners and all five starters from the previous year's squad, the 1999-2000 Wildcats utilized their depth and experience to roll to a 25-7 overall mark, setting a new school record for most wins in a season. The Cats garnered a 13-5 record in Pac-10 play, finishing in a tie for second with Stanford.
Arizona opened the season with a nine-game win streak and went on to register an 11-1 mark in non-conference action. By winning their first Pac-10 game to improve to 12-1, the Cats tied the school record for the best start in the history of the program.
The Wildcats earned their fourth consecutive NCAA tournament berth, ending up as the No. 8 seed in the Mideast Region. Arizona travelled to Knoxville, Tenn., where it downed No. 9 seed Kent, 73-61, in the first round of the tournament. The Cats faced No. 1 seed and eventual national runner-up Tennessee in the second round and put up a valiant fight, only to fall, 75-60.
The UA set or tied 23 school records during the season, including most wins in a season (25), highest winning percentage (.781), most three-point field goals made in a season (162) and most points in a season (2,484). The Wildcats were ranked 21st in the final Associated Press Poll of the year and were 20th in the last USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.
ON THE INDIVIDUAL FRONT: With 12.7 points per game, forward Angela Lackey finished as Arizona's leading scorer for the second straight year. She was second in rebounding, at 5.3 per game. Fellow forward Tatum Brown was second in scoring, with 12.4 points per game, and was the team's top rebounder, with 7.7 boards per contest. Forward Elizabeth Pickney was third in both categories, averaging 9.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Guards Lisa Griffith (8.9 ppg), Reshea Bristol (8.6 ppg), Felecity Willis (7.8 ppg) and Julie Brase (6.1 ppg) followed on the scoring chart. Willis was the team's assists leader, at 5.3 per game, while Griffith had the highest steals average, at 2.1 per game.