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Arizona Women's Basketball Notes - Game 7 at Georgia
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Release: 12/09/2004
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COMING UP: The No. 23/24 Arizona women’s basketball team (6-1) travels to Athens, Ga., for a 2 p.m. (EDT) game at No. 11/14 Georgia (5-3) this Sunday, Dec. 12. Live audio of the game is available at www.arizonaathletics.com.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE WILDCATS: Senior Dee-Dee Wheeler was named tournament MVP, and Shawntinice Polk, Natalie Jones and Ashley Whisonant were also named to the all-tournament team as Arizona handily defeated Weber State 80-53 to claim the championship of the Mission Management & Trust 2004 Fiesta Classic last Sunday. Arizona shot 46 percent from the field, 33 percent from three-point range and a season-high 86 percent from the free throw line on the game. Wheeler finished with a game-high 20 points to go along with six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Polk tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, five blocks and two steals, while Jones notched a double-double ?- 11 rebounds and 10 points. Whisonant added 11 points and four boards.

On the season, the Wildcats are led by Wheeler, who averages 15.6 points, 5.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game. Polk adds 14.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game, while Jones averages 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds. As a team, Arizona is out-shooting its opponents 48 percent to 34 percent and out-rebounding them 41.6 to 34.7.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: Georgia, which plays another home game this Friday against Augusta State before facing the Wildcats on Sunday, dropped its second-consecutive game Tuesday night, falling 67-57 to Arizona State. The Lady Bulldogs shot a solid 59 percent from the floor, nearly 20 percent better than ASU’s 40 percent, but committed 24 turnovers, which Arizona State turned into 30 points, and gave up seven Sun Devil three-pointers in the loss. Georgia was led by freshman forward Tasha Humphrey, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Cori Chambers added 13 points and five rebounds, while junior guard Alexis Kendrick pitched in 11 points and handed out five assists.

On the season, the Lady Bulldogs are led by Humphrey, who averages 17.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Chambers adds 14.4 points and 4.8 boards, while Sherill Baker averages 12.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. As a team, Georgia is shooting 43 percent from the field and out-rebounding opponents 42.6 to 36.9.

SERIES SHORTS: Arizona is 1-1 all-time against Georgia. The last time the two teams met, on Nov. 30, 2002, Arizona won 70-49 in Tucson. Arizona is 1-0 at home and 0-1 away vs. the Lady Bulldogs.

 

USA Today/ ESPN Poll Dec. 6, 2004

Rank  School               04-05    Total    Last
(first-place votes) Record Points Week
1.    LSU (40)             7-0      1,000    1
2.    Stanford             4-0      950      2
3.    Duke                 7-1      876      9
4.    Texas                4-2      771      7
5.    Notre Dame           7-1      751      3
6.    Ohio State           7-1      733      10
7.    North Carolina       7-1      727      4
8.    Connecticut          3-1      718      8
9.    Tennessee            4-2      689      5
10.   Baylor               6-1      661      11
11.   Vanderbilt           6-0      601      14
12.   Michigan State       6-1      563      15
13.   Texas Tech           2-1      542      12
14.   Georgia              5-2      516      6
15.   DePaul               5-0      465      16
16.   Minnesota            6-1      356      18
17.   Houston              8-0      314      24
18.   Boston College       5-1      248      21
19.   Purdue               4-2      231      13
20.   UCLA                 5-1      219      NR
21.   Maryland             5-1      182      23
22.   Kansas State         4-2      180      17
23.   Arizona              6-1      136      25
24.   Rutgers              4-1      120      19
25.   TCU                  6-2      107      22
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin-Green Bay 79, Oregon 44, West Virginia 32, Louisiana Tech 29, Richmond 25, Old Dominion 23, Iowa 20, 
Arizona State 19, Villanova 17, Eastern Michigan 10, Penn State 10, Utah 7, Montana 6, Washington 6, Georgia Tech 5, UC Santa Barbara 5, 
George Washington 4, Arkansas State 1.
 

Associated Press Poll Dec. 6, 2004

Rank  School               04-05    Total    Last
(first-place votes) Record Points Week
1. LSU (45) 7-0 1,125 1
2.    Stanford             4-0      1,053    5 
3.    Duke                 7-1      932      10
4.    Texas                4-2      912      7
5.    North Carolina       7-1      889      2
6.    Baylor               6-1      870      9 
7.    Notre Dame           7-1      866      3 
8.    Connecticut          3-1      846      8 
9.    Tennessee            4-2      795      4 
10.   Ohio State           7-1      729      11 
11.   Georgia              5-2      651      6
12.   Michigan State       6-1      639      15
13.   Texas Tech           2-1      600      12 
14.   Vanderbilt           6-0      572      13
15.   DePaul               5-0      469      17
16.   Minnesota            6-1      418      18
17.   Boston College       5-1      352      20 
18.   UCLA                 5-1      338      25 
19.   Maryland             5-1      261      22 
20.   Rutgers              4-1      203      16
21.   Purdue               4-2      201      14
22.   Houston              8-0      194      NR
23.   TCU                  6-2      132      23 
24.   Arizona              6-1      89       NR
25.   Kansas State         4-2      87       19 
Others receiving votes: Iowa 81, Georgia Tech 75, Wisconsin Green Bay 37, Arizona State 34, Penn State 25, Richmond 25, Oregon 18, 
Villanova 18, Old Dominion 15, Louisiana Tech 13, NC State 12, Oklahoma 12, Tulsa 8, Illinois 4, Utah 4, Iowa State 3, New Mexico 3, 
Middle Tennessee State 2, Tennessee-Chattanooga 1, Hartford 1, Montana 1.
 

Pac-10 Standings

(Through Dec. 7 games)
                    W-L  Pct. 
Oregon              5-0  1.000
Stanford            5-0  1.000
Arizona State       7-1  .875
Arizona             6-1  .857
UCLA                5-1  .833
USC                 4-2  .667
Washington State    3-2  .600
Washington          4-3  .571
California          3-3  .500
Oregon State        2-4  .333

 

RANKING IN THE PAC-10: The Wildcats currently lead the Pacific-10 in field goal percentage defense (.341), rebounding offense (41.6) and defensive rebounds (26.6), rank second in scoring offense (76.1) and blocked shots (5.1), third in scoring margin (17.0), field goal percentage (.475) and rebounding margin (6.9), fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.317), and fifth in scoring defense (59.1) and turnover margin (4.6).

Individually, Dee-Dee Wheeler ranks third in both assists and steals, fourth in scoring and assist/turnover ratio and 10th in minutes played. Shawntinice Polk leads the league in rebounding, blocked shots and defensive rebounds, fifth in field goal percentage (.614) and seventh in scoring. Shannon Hobson is eighth in blocked shots and offensive rebounds, and 18th in rebounding. Natalie Jones ranks fifth in offensive rebounds and 12th in rebounding, while Jessica Arnold is ninth in three-point field goals made.

RANKING NATIONALLY: As a team, Arizona ranks 19th nationally in field goal percentage (.475), 21st in scoring offense (76.1), 26th in scoring margin (17.0), field goal percentage defense (.341) and won-lost percentage (.857), and 33rd in blocked shots (5.1).

Individually, junior Shawntinice Polk ranks eighth in blocked shots per game (3.3) and 20th in field goal percentage (.614). Senior Dee-Dee Wheeler ranks 49th in assists per game (5.0).

WHISONANT ESCALATES GAME DURING TOURNAMENT: Last weekend, freshman Ashley Whisonant reached double-digit scoring for the first time in her career with a 16-point performance against UNC Greensboro. The following day, the guard followed it up with 11 points against Weber State. She is now averaging 7.0 points in 18.9 minutes per game.

JONES BATTLING FOR THE BOARDS: Guard Natalie Jones has pulled down 10 or more rebounds in two (Rice and Weber State) of Arizona’s seven games this season. The junior has only recorded 10 or more boards one other time in her career, last March 6, when she had 10 against Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament.

GET THAT JUNK OUT OF HERE: Junior Shawntinice Polk, Arizona’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 183, is currently averaging 3.3 blocks per game. In Saturday’s win over UNCG, Polkey blocked a season-high eight shots, one below her career high of nine.

WILDCAT FRESHMEN SEEING LOTS OF PLAYING TIME: Arizona’s four freshmen - Jessica Arnold, Ch?© Oh, Chari Smith and Ashley Whisonant - are making their presence felt. In Arizona’s seven games this season, the foursome have accounted for 35 percent (495 of 1400) of the team’s minutes and 29 percent (155 of 533) of the team’s points.

HOME WIN STREAK STANDS AT 32: The Cats have won 32 games in a row at home, the second longest streak in the nation behind Texas (39). The last time the Wildcats were defeated at home was Nov. 22, 2002, when they lost the 2002-03 season opener in overtime to Louisiana State, 78-71. Arizona went on to win its final 13 homes games during the 2002-03 season, and won all 14 games at McKale last year.

WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks 32nd nationally in attendance with an average attendance of 1,891. Connecticut Tech is the leader with a 12,223 average, while Pac-10 opponents Washington and Oregon rank 22nd and 23rd, respectively, at 3,023 and 2,927.

DEE-DEE DRAINS PAIR OF THREES TO END STREAK: At the 2:38 mark in the first half of Arizona’s win over UNC Greensboro, senior Dee-Dee Wheeler drained her first three-pointer of the season. The fourth most prolific downtown shooter in Arizona history, Wheeler went the first 217 minutes and 32 seconds of the season without a trey.

POLKEY MOVES INTO TOP 10 IN SCORING: With her sixth point at the 6:35 mark in the first half in Arizona’s win over BYU, junior center Shawntinice Polk moved into the Top 10 all-time scorers at the UA. The center now has 1,188 career points, 11 away from ninth place.

WHEELER’S SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: Point guard Dee-Dee Wheeler has scored 10 or more points in 40 consecutive games. The last time the Chicago native failed to reach double digits in the scoring column was March 23, 2003, when she had seven points in a loss to Notre Dame. The senior has scored 10 or more points in 87 of her 99 career games.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE: During her career, junior Shawntinice Polk has recorded 40 double-doubles (21 as a freshman, 16 as a sophomore and three 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 30-10 when Polk notches a double-double.

CURRENT CATS ON UA CAREER LISTS: Senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is second in field goals made (592), field goals attempted (1,282) and minutes played average (32.0), third in scoring (1,511) and steals (235), fourth in scoring average (15.3), three-point field goals made (137) and three-point field goals attempted (395), sixth in games started (94), seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.347), eighth in assists (367), and ninth in total minutes played (3,171) and free throw percentage (.734).

Junior Shawntinice Polk is first in double-doubles (40), blocks (183), rebounding average (10.4) and field goal percentage (.592), second in total rebounds (739), third in scoring average (16.7), sixth in field goals made (491) and free throws attempted (372), seventh in minutes played average (29.2) and 10th in scoring (1,188).

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

WILDCATS ON TELEVISION: The Wildcats have three games this season that will be broadcast on FSN:

Sunday, Jan. 9 - 2:30 p.m. vs. Stanford

Saturday, Jan. 29 - 4 p.m. vs. Maryland (FSN)

Saturday, Feb. 19 - 2 p.m. at Oregon (FSN)

In addition, the Wildcats’ home games against Southern California (Feb. 12) and Washington (Feb. 26) are "wild card" games that could get picked up in the Pac-10 television package with FSN.

UP NEXT: Arizona plays its final home game of 2004 with a 7 p.m. game next Thursday, Dec. 16, against UC Santa Barbara.

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