Oct. 31, 2011
TUCSON - In women's basketball action, the Arizona Wildcats and the Western State College Mountaineers will open the 2011-12 slate with an exhibition game in McKale Center on Wed., Nov. 2. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Arizona returns two starters and three additional letterwinners for the 2011-12 season. Senior guards Shanita Arnold and Reiko Thomas will lead the Wildcats with help from two-time All-Pac-10 honoree junior Davellyn Whyte and sophomores Erica Barnes (honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman Team) and Candice Warthen.
Fourth-year head coach Niya Butts welcomes six new players to the court for the 2011-12 season. Erin Butler, Aley Rohde and Layana White are true freshmen while Lindsey Fearing, Cheylene Harper and Cheshi Poston are junior transfers.
The Western State College Mountaineers, under fifth-year head coach Latricia Trammell, finished last season with an 11-16 record and made an appearance at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament for the third-straight season. The 2011-12 WSC roster features six seniors and four returning starters. Last season, Brooke Pendergraft averaged 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Katie Hall led defensively with 10.6 boards per contest.
Arizona and Western State College also met during the 2010-11 season for an exhibition game. Behind Whyte's 28 points, the Wildcats topped the Mountaineers, 109-62. Whyte led all scorers with 28 points. She also pitched in with six rebounds and went 5-of-8 from behind the arc. Including Whyte, five Wildcats scored in double-digit figures. Arnold scored 22 points and picked up a double-double with 15 assists.
The 2010-11 season marked the highest finish in the Pac-10 for Arizona - fourth - since tying for the Pac-10 regular-season crown in 2004. The Wildcats' 10-8 conference record last season is their best since the 2004-05 campaign and their 21 wins overall is the most since the 2003-04 season. Overall, Arizona improved from 12 wins in 2008-09, to 14 wins in 2009-10, to 21 wins in 2010-11. In Pac-10 play, Arizona improved from four wins in 2008-09, to six wins in 2009-10, to 10 wins in 2010-11.
Arizona women's basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400. All broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pre-game 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, audio and video needs.
The regular season will begin with a contest at Georgia Southern on Nov. 11. The home opener is schedule for Nov. 17 vs. Wichita State at 7 p.m. For tickets to the Arizona Wildcat women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.