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Release: 01/03/2012
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Jan. 3, 2012

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TUCSON -Arizona (11-2, 0-1 Pac-12) and UCLA (6-7, 1-1 Pac-12) will continue the 2011-12 Pac-12 Conference women's basketball slate with a contest on Thurs., Jan. 5. Set to start at 7 p.m. MT, the Wildcats and the Bruins will play at McKale Center in Tucson.

Arizona and UCLA will meet for the 67th time on Thursday and UCLA holds a 47-19 advantage over UA. The Bruins have won 10 of the last 11 match-ups. Arizona last beat UCLA, 66-63, on Feb. 15, 2007, in Los Angeles. The Wildcats last defeated the Bruins in Tucson on Feb. 10, 2005 (76-73).

Arizona is 11-2 overall and 0-1 in Pac-12 play to open the season, including a 5-0 record at home. The Wildcats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 18.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. She is backed up by sophomore forward Erica Barnes' 12.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Shanita Arnoldhands out 5.1 assists per game to go with her 8.9 points. UA is shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 39.0 percent from three-point range and 69.5 percent from the free throw line.

UCLA is 6-7 overall and 0-1 in Pac-12 play to open the season, including a 1-4 road record. The Bruins are paced by senior guard Rebekah Gardner's 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. She is backed up by junior forward Atonye Nyingifa's 14.7 points and 8.9 boards per contest. In total, UCLA boasts four players scoring in double digits. The Bruins are shooting 39.3 percent from the field, 28.8 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.

Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in three-point field goal percentage (.390) and three-point field goals made (6.8). Individually, Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (18.9), No. 8 in assists (3.8), No. 3 in free throw percentage (.785), No. 4 in steals (2.5) and No. 2 in three-point field goal percentage (.430) and three-point field goals per game (2.6). Barnes is No. 4 in rebounds (9.1), Arnold is No. 2 in assists (5.1) and freshman center Aley Rohdeis No. 5 in blocked shots (1.8).

Among the nation's best, Arizona ranks No. 7 in three-point field goal percentage with .390 and No. 37 in three-point field goals per game with 6.8. Individually on the national scene, Davellyn Whyte ranks No. 30 in points with 18.9, No. 16 in three-point field goal percentage with .430 and No. 38 in three-point field goals per game (2.6). Shanita Arnoldis No. 35 in assists per game with 5.1.

Last time out, the Wildcats saw their six-game winning streak snapped as UA fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils, 60-45, in Tempe on Saturday. The lowest point total of the season combined with ASU's 18 offensive rebounds and 11 second-chance points were too much to overcome for UA. Whyte paced all scorers with 19 points. She also collected five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Barnes recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Arizona women's basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400 in Tucson. All broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pregame show. Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Molly O'Mara (color) will call the action this season. Visit ArizonaWildcats.com for all of your live stats and video needs.

For tickets to the women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.

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