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UCLA RECAP: UCLA senior Noelle Quinn posted 23 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds, and the Bruins held off a near comeback by
Individually for Arizona, senior Joy Hollingsworth posted 23 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals, and junior Ashley Whisonant finished with 16 points four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Sophomore Amina Njonkou added nine points and seven rebounds, and junior Suzy Bofia posted eight points and six rebounds.
Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer added 23 points for UCLA.
The Wildcats cut the UCLA lead to 38-34 at the 17:15 mark in the second half on a jumper by Bofia, but the Bruins rallied with six-consecutive points for a 44-34 lead with 15:38 left.
Arizona trailed by 13 points with 4:50 left in the game, but rallied with a 17-5 run to cut the Bruin lead to 69-68 on a three by junior Jessica Arnold with 1:20 left to play. The Wildcats would not get any closer, as the Bruins sealed the victory down the stretch at the free throw line.
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ABOUT THE CARDINAL: The Stanford University Cardinal enter Thursday’s game with a 16-3 overall record, a perfect first place mark of 9-0 in the Pac-10, and No. 9 national ranking. Stanford has won 14-consecutive games by an average margin of victory of 19.6 points. The Cardinal is 6-2 on the road so far this season, with a 5-0 road mark in Pac-10 play. As a team, Stanford shoots 45.4 percent (546-1202) from the field, 31.5 percent (91-289) from three point range, a 64.8 percent (186-287) from the free throw line, while averaging 72.1 points a game. Individually for the Cardinal, junior Candice Wiggins leads the team with 15.3 points a game, and senior Brooke Smith adds 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. Head coach Tara VanDerveer is in her 21st season at the helm of the Stanford program.
THE STANFORD-ARIZONA SERIES: Thursday’s game will be the 56th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Cardinal on the hardwood, with Stanford owning a 43-12 series advantage. Stanford has won seven-consecutive games in the series, including an 86-58 victory over the Wildcats on Dec. 28, 2006. The Wildcats last defeated the Cardinal, 88-83, on Feb. 5, 2004 in
Under Bonvicini's tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 10 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history. During this time,
Bonvicini's success is mirrored in her players' accolades. She has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-America selections, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 21 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 11 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 273-196 (.582) mark at
WIN #600: As mentioned above, head coach Joan Bonvicini stands just two wins shy of 600 in her career. With two more wins, she will become the 18th coach in NCAA history to accomplish the 600 win plateau.
DO WE PLAY HERE?: Arizona finally gets to enjoy the comforts of playing at home in McKale Center, as the Wildcats finish out a season-long four-game home stand this week.
According to collegerpi.com,
Vs. RANKED OPPONENTS:
HOME AGAINST THE PAC:
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
CARDIAC CATS: So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.
MAGIC NUMBER: So far this season,
RUN IT, RUN IT: So far this season,
25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs.
21 points: 30-9 run over the final 6:53 of the first half at UTEP
18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs.
16 points: 16-0 run over 3:13 in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech
16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at
15 points: 15-0 run over 4:40 in the first half vs. GW
14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs.
12 points: 17-5 run over 3:30 in the second half vs. UCLA
12 points: 12-0 run over 5:55 in first half vs. NC State
12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs.
11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs.
10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs.
10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs.
10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW
10 points: 10-0 run over 3:54 in the first half vs. USC
THE BIG, BAD RUN: Although
26 points: 31-5 scoring run to
21 points: 26-5 run to Texas A&M in the final 7:31 of the first half
20 points: 26-6 run at
16 points: 16-0 run to
16 points: 21-5 run to UTEP in the final 3:37 of the game
14 points: 17-3 run at
13 points: 13-0 run to
13 points: 16-3 run to Louisiana Tech over 5:29 in the first half
12 points: 14-2 run to USC over 7:14 in the first half
12 points: 13-1 run at
12 points: 16-4 run to
12 points: 15-3 run to
11 points: 16-5 run to USC over 4:04 in the second half
11 points: 15-4 run to USC in the final 4:23 of the game
11 points: 15-4 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to UCLA over the final 2:34 of the first half
WATCH YOUR POCKETS: The Wildcats have excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this season.
OFFENSIVE BOARDS: So far this season, the Wildcats have done a solid job on the offensive glass. On the year, the Wildcats have grabbed 287 offensive rebounds, leading to 261 second-chance points.
LOOKING FOR DIMES: The Wildcats have been moving the ball around on offense, and it shows in the stat column.
PAC-10 PRODUCTIVITY: Through nine Pac-10 games,
PLAYING CLOSE: In
GIVE HER THE ROCK: Joy Hollingsworth has been on a tear offensively as of late, averaging 21. 8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.5 steals in her last six games.
On Saturday against UCLA, Hollingsworth posted 23 points, seven rebounds, and a career-high seven assists, while snagging three steals.
ON POINT: Junior Ashley Whisonant serves as the Wildcats' floor general, and she has picked up her game running the
Against UCLA, Whisanant posted 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, and three steals
On the season, Whisonant is averaging 11.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game, including marks of 11.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in Pac-10 play.
MS. CONSISTENCY: Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has become one of
Last Thursday against USC, Njonkou posted her third double-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high four assists. So far this season, she has recorded five rebounds or more in 19 of her 21 games. In Pac-10 play, Njonkou is averaging 10.0 points and 7.3 rebounds a game.
SOLID PLAY: Junior Suzy Bofia had one of her most productive outings of the season against UCLA on Saturday, posting eight points and six rebounds in 19 minutes of play. The
BRING IT: Like every season,
This week, six of
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN PAC-10: The
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as