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Release: 06/22/2004
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    WHAT'S HAPPENING: The University of Arizona women's basketball team (No. 16 AP/No. 14 USA Today) will face USC on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. in a nationally televised game on Fox Sports Net. Both contests will be played in the McKale Center.

    
    POSSIBLE STARTING LINEUP:       
    34      Angela Lackey   F       6-0     Sr.     Louisville, KY  	12.9 ppg        5.9 rpg 1.8 spg
    53      Tatum Brown     F       6-4     Sr.     Tacoma, WA      	15.5 ppg        8.8 rpg 0.7 bpg
    3       Lisa Griffith   G       5-6     Sr.     Portland, OR    	10.3 ppg        2.1 spg 3.9 apg
    20      Julie Brase     G       5-9     So.     Tucson, AZ      	8.8 ppg 3.1 rpg 2.4 apg
    23      Felecity Willis G       5-7     Sr.     Apple Valley, CA        8.0 ppg 5.5 apg 1.7 spg
    
    OFF THE BENCH (listed alphabetically):  
    33      Tysell Bozeman     G       5-8     So.     Riverside, CA   	3.2 ppg 1.0 rpg 0.4 apg
    10      Reshea Bristol     G       5-10    Jr.     Omaha, NE       	6.2 ppg 3.2 rpg 2.5 spg
    22      Monika Crank       G       5-7     Sr.     Page, AZ        	5.4 ppg 3.0 rpg 2.3 apg
    51      Michelle Mitchell  C       6-4     So.     Oregon City, OR 	1.4 ppg 2.0 rpg
    45      Elizabeth Pickney  F       6-4     So.     Houston, TX     	10.1 ppg        3.7 rpg 0.8 bpg
    21      Jamie Sturdivant   G       5-7     Fr.     Simi Valley, CA 	1.2 ppg 0.4 rpg
    50      LaKeisha Taylor    C       6-4     So.     Houston, TX     	2.4 ppg 2.9 rpg 0.4 bpg
    35      Krista Warren      G       6-2     Fr.     Cloverdale, CA  	2.4 ppg 2.4 rpg 0.7 apg
    

    ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats slipped to 14-3 overall and 3-2 in Pac-10 play with a 79-68 loss to 12th-ranked UCLA at home on Thursday.

    With 15.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, senior forward Tatum Brown remains the UA leader in both categories. Senior forward Angela Lackey is second in both categories with 12.9 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Senior guard Lisa Griffith (10.3 ppg) and sophomore forward Elizabeth Pickney (10.1 ppg) are the other two Wildcats averaging in double digits in scoring, with Pickney standing as the team's third-leading rebounder with 3.7 per game.

    Guards Julie Brase (8.8 ppg) and Felecity Willis (8.0 ppg) follow on the scoring chart. Willis is the team's assists leader, at 5.5 per game, while junior guard Reshea Bristol is the steals leader, averaging 2.5 per contest.

    WHERE'S BUG?: Monika Crank's father became very ill earlier this week, and the senior guard has returned to her home in Page, Ariz., to be with her family for an indeterminate amount of time.

    ABOUT USC: The Women of Troy were edged by Arizona State, 78-74, in overtime on Thursday night and moved to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 play. The Women of Troy have lost five of their last seven games and hold a 2-6 mark in road games.

    Senior transfer Danielle Golay is the only USC player averaging in double digits in scoring, with 12.7 points per game. She is also USC's leading rebounder, at 5.9 per contest. Senior guard Erica Mashia (9.1 ppg), junior forward Tashara Carter (8.9 ppg) and sophomore guard Tiffany Elmore (8.7 ppg) are all averaging better than eight points per game. Carter and junior center Denise Woods are tied for second on the team in rebounding, with 5.0 per game.

    Head coach Chris Gobrecht (USC, 1977) holds a 26-42 record in three seasons at the helm of her alma mater's program and is 358-245 in 21 years as a head coach.

    CONNECTIONS: USC assistant coach Traci Nemechek is a former member of Arizona's staff. She was coordinator of basketball operations at the UA in 1996 and 1997.

    THE SERIES vs. USC: The Women of Troy hold the solid 33-9 lead in the series with Arizona, however the Wildcats are on a five-game win streak against USC and have won seven of the last eight meetings. On Jan. 4, 1999, the Cats downed USC, 73-63, in Tucson and went on to scrape out a 68-62 win over the Women of Troy on Mar. 4 in L.A.

    LAST TIME AT HOME vs. USC: Four Wildcats reached double digits in scoring, led by Reshea Bristol's game-high 18 points, as the Wildcats defeated USC, 73-63, in Tucson on Jan. 4, 1999.

    USC controlled much of the first half, using a 10-1 run to gain an 11-point (22-11) lead midway through the period, and took a 36-29 lead into the lockerroom at the break. Arizona fought back through the early portion of the second half and finally gained its own 11-point lead (53-42) with a 13-1 spurt.

    The Women of Troy scrapped back to within one point (57-56) at the 6:29 mark but would come no closer as the Cats used a 10-for-13 performance from the free throw line in the final five minutes to pull out the win.

    Arizona forced 30 USC turnovers and held the Women of Troy to only 38.5 percent shooting in the second half, after USC posted a 58 percent first half.

    In addition to Bristol's 18 points, Angela Lackey added her first double-double as a Wildcat, with 16 points and a game-high-tying 10 rebounds. Felecity Willis and Elizabeth Pickney contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively.

    HISTORY LESSON: The UA is 2-2 when playing on Jan. 22. Their last contest on that date resulted in a 68-66 buzzer-beater loss at Oregon in 1998.

    ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Twenty-three turnovers and a season-low 35.3 percent performance from the field led to Arizona's demise, as it fell, 79-68, to 12th-ranked UCLA at home on Jan. 20.

    The Cats jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead, only to see UCLA take control of the game by outscoring the UA, 35-22, for the rest of the second half. The Bruins held a 39-32 advantage at halftime.

    Arizona made a 11-3 run at UCLA early in the second period, gaining a one-point (43-42) lead at the 16:57 mark. That was the last time the Cats would lead, as the Bruins went on a 9-0 spurt. The UA came no closer than five points for the remainder of the game, with UCLA connecting on 10-of-16 free throws down the stretch.

    With 16 points and 10 rebounds, Tatum Brown tallied her sixth double-double of the season to lead the Wildcats. Felecity Willis added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Julie Brase notched 11 points before fouling out. Angela Lackey grabbed 10 rebounds, and Reshea Bristol had three steals.

    LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona remains at home to take on rival Arizona State on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. in a contest which will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net.

    HEAD COACH JOAN BONVICINI: In nearly a decade at the helm of the University of Arizona's women's basketball program, head coach Joan Bonvicini has collected an unparalleled list of accomplishments, both for the university and for her career.

    Now in her ninth year at the UA, Bonvicini has posted a 148-101 (.594) mark and has a 473-172 (.733) record in 20 years as a collegiate head coach. She also has a 22-13 mark in NCAA tournament play and has never lost a first-round game in 13 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.

    THE REST OF THE STAFF: Awarded the title of associate head coach during the summer of 1998, Denise Dove Ianello (Northern Illinois, 1991) begins her eighth year at the UA, functioning as both the team's recruiting coordinator and the perimeter coach. Second-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 first year at the UA, assistant coach Curtis Loyd (Southern Utah, 1994) is involved primarily 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 75-74 against Pac-10 teams, although they have a 41-18 league mark over the last four seasons combined.

    RACKING UP THE WINS: Joan Bonvicini needs only 10 more victories at the UA to collect as many wins as the six previous Wildcat coaches combined.

    BY THE NUMBERS: Every Arizona win this year has been by an average of 10 points or more... Each loss has been by an average of only 5.7 points... The Cats have hit five or more 3-pointers in 13 games this season, including 10 of the last 11 contests... Arizona has 20 or more assists in 10 games this year, including five of the last eight... The Cats have had 10 or more steals in 13 games... Arizona has forced its opponent into 20 or more turnovers in 12 contests, and no opponent has committed less than 14.

    GOIN' DEEP: The best evidence that the UA is a deep squad this season? Lots of people playing lots of minutes. Currently, eight different Wildcat regulars are averaging more than 15 minutes a game.

    LONG RANGE BOMBING: The Wildcats have hit at least one 3-pointer in 50 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 5, 1998. Lisa Griffith is on a string of 18 straight games with at least one three-pointer made.

    ARIZONA'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Here is the upcoming schedule for the Wildcats...

            Fri.    Jan.    21      2-4:30 p.m.     McKale
            Sat.    Jan.    22      vs. USC, 2 p.m. McKale
            Sun.    Jan.    23      OFF
            Mon.    Jan.    24      2-4:30 p.m.     McKale  lifting after
            Tues.   Jan.    25      4:30-7 p.m.     McKale
            Wed.    Jan.    26      OFF
            Thurs.  Jan.    27      4:30-7 p.m.     McKale  lifting before
            Fri.    Jan.    28      2:15-4:30 p.m.  McKale
            Sat.    Jan.    29      10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.      McKale  lifting after
            Sun.    Jan.    30      vs. Arizona State, 7 p.m.       McKale
    

    MAKING HER MARK: Wildcat senior guard Lisa Griffith is only six three-point field goals attempted from becoming the Pac-10 career leader in that category. Former Washington player Jamie Redd currently holds the mark with 675 attempts. Griffith is already the Pac-10 career leader in three-pointers made, with 255, far ahead of the No. 2 spot, held by former Stanford player Vanessa Nygaard (210).

    FREE THROW WOES: The Wildcats, who ended last year shooting 72.1 percent from the free throw line, have been wildly inconsistent from the stripe this season. They have shot as well as 84 percent (21-25 vs. Tennessee Tech, Nov. 20) and as poorly as 53.1 percent (17-32 vs. Northern Illinois, Dec. 15) so far this year. The UA has shot over 70 percent from the charity stripe in only seven of the 17 games this year and has been over 80 percent only twice.

    CRASHING THE BOARDS: Rebounding has been a major problem for the Wildcats over the last few years, but they are on an upswing in that area. The UA has out-rebounded its opponent in 16 of this season's games so far. That's a great improvement over last season, when the Cats out-rebounded only seven opponents in all 29 games combined.

    BENCH CONTRIBUTIONS: The UA bench has been quite productive this season, contributing an average of 29.2 points per game. The highest point total from the bench so far this year came on Dec. 10 against Texas Southern, when 47 of the UA's 96 points came from the subs.

    THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: During Joan Bonvicini's tenure at Arizona, the Wildcats have posted an 87-40 mark in McKale Center, including a 56-12 record over the last five seasons combined. Arizona has a record of 153-148 on its home court since the 1976-77 season.

    STRONG SCHEDULE: Four of the UA's opponents this season are ranked in this week's polls.

    Pac-10 foe UCLA is ranked 12th in this week's A.P. poll, while UC Santa Barbara is 17th, Kansas is 23rd and Oklahoma is 25th. Stanford, Oregon, Colorado State and Louisville all received votes for ranking.

    In this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll, UCLA is No. 16, UC Santa Barbara is No. 17, Kansas is No. 24 and Stanford is No. 25. Oregon, Oklahoma and Colorado State all received votes for ranking.

    DUALLY SUCCESSFUL: Eight schools had both their men's and women's basketball teams ranked among the A.P. Top 25 this week. They are Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Kansas, Connecticut, Tennessee, Oklahoma and UCLA.

    WE CAN HANDLE THE CLOSE ONES...: Under head coach Joan Bonvicini, the Cats have gone 23-18 in games settled by five points or less, including a 7-4 mark in games settled by one or two points.

    ...BUT WE REALLY PREFER THE BLOWOUTS: Over the last nine seasons, Bonvicini's Arizona teams have won 49 games by spreads of 20 points or more.

    80 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: Seems that the 80-point mark almost always means adding another to the "win" column for the Wildcats. In the 28-year history of Arizona women's basketball, the Cats have posted a 119-16 record when scoring 80 points or more in a game. Under Bonvicini, the Wildcats have gone 79-9 when topping that 80-point plateau.

    KEYS TO THE WIN: This season, Arizona is... 13-3 when out-rebounding its opponent... 12-0 when shooting better than its opponent from the floor... 13-2 when shooting 40% or better from the field... 14-1 when scoring 70 points or more... 12-2 when committing fewer turnovers than the opponent... 13-3 when three or more players reach double digits in scoring.

    CAT SCRATCHES: Dating back to last season, Arizona has won 23 of its last 29 games... The Cats are forcing opponents to commit an average of 4.0 more turnovers per game than the UA... The Arizona women's basketball program has a 307-392 (.439) all-time record, however it is 111-56 (.6659) from 1994 to present... Joan Bonvicini has a 165-88 career record against Pac-10 teams.

    ON LOCATION: The Wildcats are 7-2 at home this season, 4-1 in road games and 3-0 in neutral contests. Arizona posted an 11-3 mark at home, was 5-8 on the road and notched a 2-0 record in neutral contests last year.

    ARIZONA ON THE TUBE: The Wildcats are currently scheduled to make television appearances for three more games...

            Sat.    Jan.    22      USC     Fox Sports Net  2 p.m.
            Sun.    Jan.    30      Arizona State   Fox Sports net  2 p.m.
            Sat.    Feb.    19      at UCLA Fox Sports Net  1 p.m. PST
    

    RECORD WATCH: Lisa Griffith is Arizona's career leader in both three-pointers made (255) and attempted (670). She is in the #6 spot on the UA's top-20 all-time leading scorers' list, with 1,090 career points. She needs 54 more points to move into the #5 spot.

    Griffith is also on the career top-10 list for games started, coming in at #3 with 95 career starts. She stands at third on the career steals chart, with 193, and is sixth on the career assists list, with 416.

    Felecity Willis is seventh in both career three-pointers made (48) and attempted (170). She is holding down fourth place on the all-time assists chart, with 465 career dishes.

    Willis is also the latest addition to Arizona's all-time top 20 scoring list. She has 855 career points, which puts her in the #18 spot. She needs 14 more points to move up to #17.

    Sophomore forward Elizabeth Pickney has already entered the UA's top 10 list for career blocked shots. She stands in sixth place with 48 career blocks.

    LISA GRIFFITH NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Jan. 17): Senior guard Lisa Griffith was named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 10-16.

    Griffith averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.0 rebounds per game while leading the Wildcats to their first-ever road sweep of the Washington schools on Jan. 13 and 15. She shot 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from the floor, including a blazing 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from three-point range.

    In the win at Washington, Arizona's first victory ever in Seattle, Griffith drained a school-record-tying seven treys en route to a career-high 26 points. She shot 7-of-10 from beyond the arc, marking the first time any Wildcat has hit seven treys in one game since Griffith herself did it twice during the 1996-97 season. In the win over Washington State, she tallied 14 points, four steals and seven assists.

    The Player of the Week honor is the second of Griffith's career (also Feb. 17, 1997), and the 18th all-time selection for Arizona.

    A GREAT START: With their victory over California on Jan. 6, the Wildcats tied the 1995-96 team for the best start ever at 12-1. The UA's 14-2 record through the first 16 games of the year was also a program best.

    CATS SET RECORD WITH HOME WIN STREAK: Arizona set a new school record this season with a 15-game home win streak, dating from Jan. 4, 1999, to Jan. 8, 2000. They saw their streak end with a 98-95 loss to Stanford on Jan. 8. The previous long streak was a string of 10 games midway through the 1997-98 season.

    NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS: The Cats went 11-1 in regular season non-conference play this year, their best non-conference mark since the 1995-96 team went 9-0. The 11 victories are the most regular season non-conference wins ever under Joan Bonvicini.

    During the 12 non-conference games, the Cats averaged 83.1 points per game and out-scored their opponents by an average of 18 points per game. They shot 48.8 percent from the field, including a blazing 42.3 percent from three-point range. The UA out-rebounded its opponents by an average of 6.2 boards per contest. The Cats also averaged 20.0 assists and 11.0 steals per game, while forcing opponents to commit an average of 22.8 turnovers per game.

    CATS TAKE SEELBACH CLASSIC TITLE: Arizona won its third regular-season tournament when it swept through the Seelbach Cardinal Classic in Louisville, Ky., on Dec. 28-29. The Cats had a solid showing in the first round with a 91-61 pounding of Marshall on Dec. 28. Although host team Louisville managed to hang with the UA most of the contest, the Cats pulled out an 80-70 victory in the championship game to take the tournament title.

    After averaging 14.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game over the two contests, Wildcat Tatum Brown was selected the Tournament MVP, her second such honor of the year. Louisville native Angela Lackey was selected to the All-Tournament Team as well, also her second such honor of the season.

    GRIFFITH JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB: With 3:04 left in the first half at Kansas on Dec. 21, senior guard Lisa Griffith knocked down her third three-pointer of the game to become the eighth Wildcat to reach the 1,000-point plateau in career scoring. The last Wildcat to join the 1,000-point club was Griffith's former teammate, Adia Barnes, who reached that mark during the 1996-97 season.

    WILDCATS CLAIM TITLE OF INSIGHT.COM BOWL BASKETBALL CLASSIC: After falling in the championship game of the 1998 tournament, Arizona reclaimed the title of its ninth annual Insight.com Bowl Basketball Classic with victories over Texas Southern (96-46) and Indiana (87-70) on Dec. 10-12.

    The UA's Tatum Brown was unanimously voted the Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging 20.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals over the two games. Angela Lackey was named to the All-Tournament Team, as well.

    RECORDS FALLING ALREADY: Tatum Brown's 11-of-12 shooting performance against Colorado State on Dec. 6 tied the UA single-game record for field goal percentage (.917). It is also a new McKale Center record, breaking the previous mark of 84.6 percent (11-13) set by former UCLA player Denise Curry on Jan. 17, 1981.

    Arizona also set a new school record by hitting a sizzling 75.9 (22-29) percent in the first half against UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 30.

    BROWN NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Dec. 6): Senior forward Tatum Brown was named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 29-Dec. 5. Brown scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to lead No. 21 Arizona to an 86-76 upset over No. 15 UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 30. In just 26 minutes of action, she shot 9-for-12 (.750) from the field and 3-for-4 (.750) from the line.

    The Player of the Week honor is the first of Brown's career, and the 17th all-time selection. Brown's honor followed Elizabeth Pickney's Player of the Week laurels the previous week, marking the first time in school history that the Wildcats have had back-to-back Pac-10 Players of the Week.

    SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT: The Cats shot a school-record 75.9 percent (22-29) from the floor in the first half of the UCSB contest on Nov. 30. For the game, they shot 63 percent (34-54), the highest field goal percentage for any team since the school record was set at 64.3 percent (36-56) against Drake on Nov. 25, 1990.

    PICKNEY NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Nov. 29): Elizabeth Pickney was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Nov. 15-28. Pickney averaged 16.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game in the UA's four straight victories to open the season. She shot a team-high .575 (23-40) from the field and .720 (18-25) from the line during that stretch.

    Pickney was named the Tournament MVP at the Hawaiian Regent Wahine Classic, leading Arizona to the team title with three wins. In the tourney, she averaged 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The Player of the Week honor was the first of Pickney's career and the 16th all-time selection for Arizona.

    SULTANS OF SWAT: The Wildcats racked up nine blocked shots in the contest against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 20. That is the highest single-game block total since the 1985 squad collected 10 at Tennessee-Chattanooga on Jan. 5, 1985. Elizabeth Pickney had five of the UA's blocked shots against Tennessee Tech, a career high for her.

    As a team, Arizona collected 20 blocks over the first four game of the year, the highest block total ever over that stretch in any season.

    CATS TAKE CHAMPIONSHIP AT HAWAIIAN REGENT WAHINE CLASSIC: The Wildcats swept through three games in Honolulu on Nov. 19-21 to take the title at the Hawaiian Regent Wahine Classic, hosted by the University of Hawai'i.

    Arizona garnered victories over Oklahoma (75-59), Tennessee Tech (87-71) and host team Hawai'i (86-73) to open the 1999-2000 season with a perfect 3-0 mark.

    Elizabeth Pickney averaged 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Cats and was the overwhelming favorite for tournament Most Valuable Player laurels. Felecity Willis and Tatum Brown were named to the All-Tournament Team, as well.

    DOVE IANELLO AMONG TOP ASSISTANTS: In a survey of women's basketball head coaches conducted by the Women's Basketball Journal last fall, Arizona associate head coach Denise Dove Ianello received votes for consideration as one of the top assistant coaches in the country.

    FUTURE WILDCATS: On the first day of the early signing period (Nov. 10), Arizona inked a trio of high school recruits from the state of California. The signees were 5-10 guard Candice Allen (Ontario, CA/Ayala HS), 5-7 guard Aimee Grzyb (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS) and 6-3 forward Veranda James (Pomona, CA/Ganesha HS).

    WHAT THE COACHES THINK: Here is the predicted order of finish for the Pac-10 this season, according to the league's coaches...

            1.      UCLA    	6.      Washington
            2.      Oregon  	7.      USC
            3.      Stanford        8.      Oregon State
            4.      ARIZONA 	9.      California
            5.      Arizona State   10.     Washington State

    WHAT THE MEDIA THINK: Here is the predicted order of finish for the Pac-10 this season, according to the league's women's basketball media members...

            1.      UCLA    	6.      Arizona State
            2.      Oregon  	7.      USC
            3.      Stanford        8.      Oregon State
            4.      ARIZONA 	9.      California
            5.      Washington      10.     Washington State
    

    GREAT EXPECTATIONS: For the third year in a row, the Wildcats earned a preseason national ranking. The Cats were ranked 25th in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25, and they were 24th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Preseason Top 25.

    The Wildcats were ranked among the top 25 teams in five different "unofficial" preseason polls this fall. The UA's highest ranking in these polls was 13th by Women's Basketball magazine and the lowest was 22nd by both Street & Smith's and the Basketball News Report.

    Angela Lackey earned preseason third team All-America honors from Lindy's College Basketball and honorable mention All-America laurels from Street & Smith's College Basketball.

    1998-99 IN REVIEW: Despite losing the squad's only two seniors before the season ever started, the very young 1998-99 Wildcats held their own and came up with an 18-11 overall record and went 12-6 in the Pac-10 to finish in fourth place.

    The Cats faced a rough non-conference schedule that featured three teams which spent most of the season among the top four in the national rankings. Arizona went 5-4 against those non-conference opponents, with quality losses to Purdue, Louisiana Tech and Colorado State and a big road win over UC Santa Barbara.

    That tough early slate prepared the Cats for a season of Pac-10 play which showed more parity than it has in years. After getting off to a rocky 1-3 start in league play, the Cats rebounded to finish the season 11-3, with wins over Pac-10 co-champion Oregon and over perennial power Stanford.

    The Wildcats then received their third consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament, earning a #6 seed in the Midwest Region. In Piscataway, N.J., Arizona faced NCAA tourney veteran Florida in the first round of play and defeated the Gators, 87-84, in overtime to move on to the second round for the third straight year. The Cats then took on host Rutgers, only to end the season on a sour note, falling to the Scarlet Knights, 90-47.

    For the season, Arizona had its most balanced offense in five years, with four players averaging in double digits in scoring, and ended its season by winning 12 of its final 16 contests. The Cats broke or tied 13 school records on the year, including setting new marks in single season free throws made (520) and blocked shots (88).

    With 14.4 points per game, Angela Lackey led four Wildcats averaging in double digits in scoring. Felecity Willis came in second with her 12.1 ppg scoring average, followed closely by Elizabeth Pickney at 11.4 ppg. Pickney was the team's top rebounder, with 5.8 per game, while Willis was the team's assists leader, averaging 5.5 apg. Lackey was second in rebounding with 5.4 rpg, and Reshea Bristol posted 11.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

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