March 1, 2012
TUCSON –Arizona (14-15, 3-14 Pac-12) and Arizona State (18-10, 9-8 Pac-12) will wrap the 2011-12 Pac-12 women’s basketball regular season schedule with a contest on Sat., March 3. Set to start at 2 p.m. MT, the Wildcats and the Sun Devils will play at McKale Center in Tucson.
Arizona and Arizona State will meet for the 82nd time on Saturday and ASU holds a 50-31 advantage over UA. The Sun Devils have won 11 of the last 12 match-ups. Earlier this year, ASU beat UA, 60-45, in Tempe. Last season, for the first time since Jan. 26, 2005, Arizona got a win against Arizona State in front of a home crowd of 3,310 fans. The Wildcats beat the Sun Devils, 73-61.
In addition to the Rivalry Red Out, Saturday’s contest means there is a potential half point on the line in the State Farm Territorial Cup Series. The Cats currently lead the Sun Devils, 6.5 to 2.5. Since the 2009-10 season, UA and ASU’s head-to-head match-ups took on an added bonus with the inception of the State Farm Territorial Cup Series. The State Farm Territorial Cup, once given to the winner of the annual UA-ASU football game, is now an across-the-board contest that includes 18 sports. Last season, Arizona beat ASU 11.5 to 6.5. In cases such as basketball where teams meet twice, the point is awarded to whichever team wins twice. If a split occurs, each side is awarded ½ point.
Arizona is 14-15 overall and 3-14 in Pac-12 play on the season. The Wildcats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte’s 17.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She is backed up by sophomore forward Erica Barnes’ 11.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game and 11.6 points from sophomore guard Candice Warthen. Senior guard Shanita Arnold hands out 4.7 assists per game. The Wildcats are shooting 39.0 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from three-point range and 71.4 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in free throw percentage (.714), three-point field goal percentage (.351), assists (13.5) and three-point field goals per game (6.4). Individually, Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (17.0), No. 9 in assists (3.4), No. 5 in free throw percentage (.778), No. 2 in steals (2.6) and No. 2 in three pointers per game (2.2). Barnes is No. 18 in scoring (11.5), No. 8 in rebounds (7.6) and No. 9 in field goal percentage (.471). Arnold is No. 3 in assists (4.7) and No. 2 in assist/turnover ratio (1.7). Freshman center Aley Rohde is No. 6 in blocked shots (1.4) and freshman guard Erin Butler is No. 1 in three-point field goal percentage (.436).
Nationally, Arizona ranks No. 25 in three-point field goal percentage (.351) and No. 49 in three-point field goals per game (6.4). Individually on the national scene, Whyte ranks No. 61 in points with 17.0.
Arizona State is 18-10 overall and 9-8 in Pac-12 play on the season, including a 5-5 road record. The Sun Devils are paced by 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game by senior forward Kimberly Brandon. Senior forward Kali Bennett averages 8.3 points and 6.7 rebounds each contest. ASU is shooting 39.3 percent from the field, 28.8 percent from three-point range and 65.8 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona State ranks among the top three in scoring defense (52.1), field goal percentage defense (.340), three-point field goal percentage defense (.276), blocked shots (6.0), steals (10.5) and turnover margin (+2.9).
Arizona women’s basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400 in Tucson. All broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pregame 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 and video needs. For tickets to Arizona women's basketball games, please call 800-452-2287 or visit the McKale Center Ticket Office.