Feb. 7, 2012
TUCSON -Arizona (13-10, 2-9 Pac-12) and Colorado (15-7, 4-7 Pac-12) will continue the 2011-12 Pac-12 women's basketball schedule with a contest on Thurs., Feb. 9. Set to start at 7 p.m. MT, the Wildcats and the Buffaloes will play at Coors Event Center in Boulder.
Arizona and Colorado will meet for the 11th time on Thursday and the second time as members of the new Pac-12 Conference. CU won the first match-up between the two teams this season, 56-54. The Buffs hold a 7-3 advantage over the Wildcats. Arizona last won against Colorado on Dec. 11, 1988 (75-69) in Tucson.
Arizona is 13-10 overall and 2-9 in Pac-12 play on the season. The Wildcats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 17.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She is backed up by sophomore forward Erica Barnes' 12.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and 12.9 points from sophomore guard Candice Warthen. Senior guard Shanita Arnold hands out 4.7 assists per game. The Wildcats are shooting 39.2 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from three-point range and 70.4 percent from the free throw line.
Colorado is 15-7 overall and 4-7 in Pac-12 play, including an 8-3 home record. The Buffaloes are paced by junior guard Chucky Jeffery's 15.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest. She is backed by freshman guard Lexy Kresl's 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds each game. CU is shooting 41.0 percent from the field, 30.0 percent from three-point range and 65.8 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in three-point field goal percentage (.354) and three-point field goals per game (6.3). Individually, Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (17.4), No. 9 in assists (3.5), No. 5 in free throw percentage (.787), No. 2 in steals (2.6) and No. 2 in three pointers per game (2.3). Barnes is No. 13 in scoring (12.3) and No. 4 in rebounds (9.0). Arnold is No. 2 in assists (4.7) and No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.6). Freshman center Aley Rohdeis No. 6 in blocked shots (1.7).
Among the Pac-12 teams, Colorado among the top three in rebounding defense (34.8) and rebounding margin (+6.3). Individually, junior guard Chucky Jeffery ranks No. 7 in scoring (15.1), No. 10 in rebounding (7.1), No. 4 in assists (4.1), No. 7 in field goal percentage (.743) and No/4 in steals (2.5).
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 all home games.