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Arizona Women Host UCLA in Pivotal Pac-10 Game
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 10, 2005
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COMING UP: The Arizona women’s basketball team (15-8, 7-5) hosts UCLA (15-7, 9-4) for a 7 p.m. game this Thursday, Feb. 10. Live video, audio and stats of this game are available at The game will also be broadcast live on KJLL 1330 AM in Tucson. Coverage: Subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium audio/video service, can listen to the radio broadcast live and watch a live video webcast of the McKale Center production with Paul Johnson callling the action. Free, real-time statistics are also available.

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A QUICK LOOK AT THE WILDCATS: Arizona shot a season-low 29 percent from the field and was out-rebounded 58 to 40 en route to a 70-61 defeat at California Saturday this afternoon. Senior Dee-Dee Wheeler led the Wildcats with 21 points, nine steals  and eight rebounds, followed by freshman Jessica Arnold, who finished with 15 points. Junior Shawntinice Polk, who fouled out of the game at the 1:56 mark, finished with just eight points. Senior Danielle Adefeso pulled down a team-high nine boards in the loss.

On the season, the Wildcats are led by Wheeler, who averages 17.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.0 steals per game. Polk adds 13.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. As a team, Arizona is out-shooting its opponents 44 percent to 38 percent and out-rebounding them 37.9 to 37.4.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: UCLA outscored Washington State 10-5 in the final 3:20 to defeat the Cougars 68-63 Sunday afternoon. The Bruins shot just 35 percent from the field on the game and were out-rebounded 50 to 38. Junior guard Nikki Blue, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, led all players with 22 points and also added seven assists, six steals and five rebounds. Junior guard Lisa Willis had her third double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points with 10 rebounds, to go along with six steals and four assists. Amanda Livingston joined them in double figures with 11 points.

On the season, UCLA is led by Willis, who averages 15.6 points and 6.6 boards. Blue adds 14.4 points and 6.2 assists. Rounding out the group of double-figure scorers is Lindsey Pluimer, who has a 10.2 points per game average. The Bruins’ leading scorer, Noelle Quinn (16.9 ppg) has been sidelined with a knee injury since UCLA’s game against the Wildcats on Jan. 16. As a team, UCLA is shooting 41 percent from the field, compared to the 39 percent of its opponents. The Bruins are outscoring opponents 72.5 to 66.0, but are being edged on the glass, 39.0 to 40.5.

SERIES SHORTS: Arizona trails the all-time series with UCLA 17-36. The last time the two teams met, on Jan. 16, Arizona won 84-73 in Los Angeles. The Wildcats are 10-16 at home and 7-20 away vs. the Bruins.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: In cooperation with the University of Arizona Office of Community Relations, the Arizona Athletics Department will be collecting band-aids, bandages and other first aid supplies for the earthquake victims of southeast Asia during Tsunami Relief Day this Saturday, Feb. 12. Fans can drop off first aid supplies in front of the McKale Ticket Office beginning at 2:30 p.m. The game against Southern California begins at 4 p.m.

RANKING IN THE PAC-10: As a team, Arizona leads the Pac-10 in blocks (4.2), ranks third in scoring (71.1), field goal percentage defense (.384) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.308), fourth in field goal percentage (.439), and fifth in scoring margin (5.8), rebounding (37.9), scoring defense (65.3), rebounding defense (37.4), rebounding margin (0.4), assists (14.7) and defensive rebounds (23.5).

Individually, Dee-Dee Wheeler ranks second in scoring (17.5) and assist/turnover ratio (1.8), third in assists (4.6), fourth in steals (3.0), sixth in minutes played (32.9), eighth in three-point field goals made (1.5) and 18th in rebounding (5.0). Shawntinice Polk leads the league in blocked shots (2.1), ranks third in field goal percentage (.592), rebounding (8.0) and defensive rebounds (5.7), eighth in scoring (13.6) and 10th in offensive rebounds (2.3). Natalie Jones ranks sixth in free throw percentage (.790) and 16th in rebounding (5.1), while Jessica Arnold ranks fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.404). Senior Danielle Adefeso is ninth in offensive rebounds (2.4).

In Pac-10 games only, Wheeler leads the league in scoring (17.9), ranks second in assist/turnover ratio (1.5), third in assists (4.3) and steals (3.2), fourth in three-point field goals made (1.8) and minutes played (33.3), ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.389) and 18th in rebounding (5.1). Polk leads the Pac-10 in blocks (1.4), ranks third in field goal percentage (.557), fourth in rebounding (7.3) and defensive rebounds (5.1), and ninth in scoring (12.8). Arnold is third in free throw percentage (.875), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.444) and 20th in scoring (9.9), while Jones is 10th in minutes played (30.3) and tied for 15th in rebounding (5.2). Adefeso is sixth in offensive rebounds (2.6), ninth in field goal percentage (.500) and tied for 20th in rebounding (5.0).

RANKING NATIONALLY: As a team, Arizona ranks 38th nationally in scoring, 39th in field goal percentage, 59th in blocks, 83rd in won-lost percentage and 86th in assists.

Individually, senior Dee-Dee Wheeler ranks 26th in steals per game and 48th in points per game. Junior Shawntinice Polk ranks 11th in field goal percentage and 42nd in blocks per game.

TOUGH AS NAILS ARNOLD MAKING HUGE IMPACT: Since returning to the starting lineup against Oregon on Jan. 20, freshman Jessica Arnold, who will require shoulder surgery in the off-season, is averaging 14.0 points. During the six-game stretch, the guard is shooting 46 percent from the field, 47 percent from three-point range and 83 percent from the free throw line. She has reached double-figure scoring in five of six games - she was held to six points and didn’t start the game at Stanford on Feb. 3 after re-injuring her shoulder earlier in the week.

ADEFESO STEPS IT UP: Over the last seven games, Danielle Adefeso has really picked up her game. Starting six of the seven games, the senior is shooting 46 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line, while averaging 8.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Prior to that, Adefeso was averaging 3.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

WHEELER MISSES FIRST START IN TWO-PLUS YEARS: When she was held out of last week’s game at Stanford for the entire first half, it was the first time senior Dee-Dee Wheeler didn’t start a game since Nov. 25, 2002 at Pepperdine, ending a string of 83 consecutive starts.

POLK SURPASSES 200-BLOCK MARK: With her third block of the game against Maryland last Saturday, junior center Shawntinice Polk notched her 200th career block, becoming the first Wildcat ever to reach that mark. She now has 203 blocked shots on her career.

THE GLASS IS THE ANSWER: It seems the most telling statistic for the Arizona women’s basketball team this season is rebounding. The Wildcats are 12-1 when out-rebounding their opponents. Arizona is just 2-6 when being out-rebounded and 1-1 when pulling down the same number of boards as its opponents this season.

WILDCATS BOAST PAC’S ACTIVE SCORING LEADERS: Arizona boasts the Pac-10’s top two active career scoring leaders in All-America candidates Dee-Dee Wheeler and Shawntinice Polk. The point guard Wheeler currently has 1,804 career points, while Polk has scored 1,372 points in her three seasons at Arizona. The duo rank second and fourth all-time at Arizona in career points.

80 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: In the program’s 33-year history, the Wildcats are almost guaranteed a win when they reach 80 points. Arizona is 171-20 (90 percent) all-time when reaching the 80-point plateau. With Joan Bonvicini at the helm, the Wildcats are 123-13 (90 percent) when scoring 80 points or more. This year alone, Arizona is 7-0 in games where it has reached 80 points in the scoring column.

WHEELER BECOMES ARIZONA’S STEAL LEADER: Senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler tied the school record for career steals at the 10:41 mark in the first half of the game at Southern California on Jan. 14 and took sole possession of the record with 11:08 left in the game. She now has 272 steals on her career.

BONVICINI WINS 250TH GAME AT ARIZONA: Joan Bonvicini notched her 250th win as the head coach at Arizona when the Wildcats defeated then-No. 19 UCLA on the road on Jan. 16. In 14 years at the helm, she boasts a 252-153 (.622) record and is the winningest coach in Arizona women’s basketball history.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE: During her career, junior Shawntinice Polk has recorded 43 double-doubles (21 as a freshman, 16 as a sophomore and six as a junior). The longest streak came at the start of her career, when she opened the 2002-03 season with eight consecutive double-doubles. During her three seasons, the Wildcats are 32-11 when Polk notches a double-double.

WHEELER AND DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING: Point guard Dee-Dee Wheeler has scored 10 or more points in 101 of her 115 career games. Her streak of 48 consecutive games in double-figure scoring came to an end at USC as the senior finished with just five points. She posted double-digit scoring in 19 of 28 games as a freshman, 28 of 31 as a sophomore, all 33 as a junior and 21 of 23 games this season.

CATS NEARLY UNBEATABLE AT HOME: Over the past three seasons, Arizona has won 37 of 39 (.949) games at McKale Center. The Cats’ 34-game home winning streak, the longest in the nation, came to an end Jan. 9 when the Wildcats fell 78-66 to Stanford.

WHEELER STARTS 100TH GAME: When she took the court against Arizona State on Jan. 3, senior Dee-Dee Wheeler was making the 100th start of her career. In doing so, she became just the sixth Wildcat ever to start 100 or more games.

CURRENT CATS ON UA CAREER LISTS: Senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is first in steals (284), second in scoring (1,804), field goals made (702), field goals attempted (1,541), minutes played average (32.3) and total minutes played (3,716), fourth in scoring average (15.7), three-point field goals made (169), three-point field goals attempted (474), three-point field goal percentage (.357) and games started (109), seventh in assists (437) and 10th in free throws attempted (318).

Junior Shawntinice Polk is first in double-doubles (43), blocks (205), rebounding average (9.9) and field goal percentage (.591), second in total rebounds (841), third in scoring average (16.1), fourth in scoring (1,372) and field goals made (567), sixth in free throws attempted (420), seventh in minutes played average (28.7) and ninth in free throws made (238).

ARIZONA RANKS NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks 44th nationally in attendance with an average attendance of 2,494. Connecticut is the leader with a 13,937 average, while Pac-10 opponents Oregon, Stanford, Washington and Arizona State rank 28th, 29th, 33rd and 41st, respectively, at 3,713, 3,677, 3,148 and 2,542.

WILDCATS ON THE RADIO: All of Arizona’s games this season are broadcast on Tucson’s Jolt, KJLL 1330 AM, the radio home of Arizona women’s basketball. With Paul Johnson in his 10th year as the Wildcats’ play-by-play announcer, the Jolt will broadcast every game, home and away.

CAT TELEVISION APPEARANCES: The Wildcats have two more games this season that will be broadcast on FSN:

Saturday, Feb. 12 - 4 p.m. vs. USC

Saturday, Feb. 19 - 2 p.m. at Oregon

In addition, the Wildcats’ home game against Washington (Feb. 26) is a "wild card" game that could get picked up in the Pac-10 television package with FSN.

JOAN BONVICINI COACH’S SHOW: Hosted by Wildcat radio announcer Paul Johnson, the Joan Bonvicini Coach’s Show is broadcast live from 6-7 p.m. every Monday on KJLL 1330 AM and is held at the Varsity Clubs of America, located at Speedway and Alvernon. The show features Bonvicini with several special guests, ranging from players to staff members. Fans are invited to join the audience of the show at the Varsity Clubs each week during Pac-10 play.

UP NEXT: Arizona hosts second-place USC at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 12. The game will be broadcast live to a national audience on FSN.

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