Jan. 23, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Head coach Niya Butts and the Arizona women’s basketball team (11-6, 3-3) will travel to No. 19 UCLA (13-4, 4-2) and USC (7-10, 4-2) this weekend for their second-consecutive Pac-12 Conference road trip.
The Wildcats are coming off a split weekend of road games, where they defeated Utah, 62-58 in Salt Lake City and fell to No. 21 Colorado, 79-36 in Boulder.
Senior Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.) leads the Wildcats with 16.4 points per game and 4.9 assists per game.
Junior Erica Barnes (Sacramento, Calif.) leads the team in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds per game, but Whyte and senior Cheshi Poston (Chicago, Ill.) are not far behind at 5.8 rpg.
Four UCLA players are averaging in double figures, as Markel Walker leads the pack with 12.3 ppg, Alyssia Brewer is averaging 11.1 ppg, Atonye Nyingifa is averaging 11.0 ppg and Thea Lemberger is averaging 10.8 ppg.
Brewer, Walker and Nyingifa also lead the team in rebounding at 8.0, 7.9 and 7.5 rpg, respectively.
As a team, the Bruins rank in the top-2 in the Pac-12 in five categories--first in assists and steals and second in scoring offense, rebounding offense and offensive rebounds.
UCLA leads the all-time series with Arizona, 48-21, including a 26-8 mark at home. In 2012, the Bruins and Wildcats played three times. Arizona won the first matchup at home, 74-66, while UCLA won the second matchup in Los Angeles, 72-58. The teams then met in the Pac-12 Tournament and UA won, 61-57.
USC is led by junior Cassie Harberts with 17.9 ppg and 7.7 rpg. Sophomore Ariya Cook is the only other player averaging in double figures at 14.0 ppg.
The Trojans lead the all-time series with Arizona, 50-20, including a 26-8 mark at home. In 2012, the Wildcats lost both contests to USC, the first a 72-67 defeat in Tucson and the second, a 78-62 loss in Los Angeles.
Friday night’s game at UCLA will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson and Tammy Blackburn calling the action.
Both games will be streamed live at no cost at Lisa Salgado (color) calling the action.
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