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Release: 02/13/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">COMING UP: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> women's basketball team (9-18, 3-12 Pac-10) travels to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Los Angeles</st1:City></st1:place> to take on the UCLA Bruins on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats are looking to win their third-consecutive Thursday game.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CATCH THE ACTION: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">As always, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> women's basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400, with Paul Johnson calling the action from courtside.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">OREGON</SPAN></B></st1:State><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> RECAP: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> guard Ashley Whisonant missed a layup with six seconds left and a chance to tie the game, and <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> hit two free throws down the stretch to escape with a 59-55 win over the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> finished the game shooting 35.6 percent (21-59) from the field, and squandered a four point lead with 11:53 left in the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> shot 41.9 percent (18-43) from the field, using a 13-4 run over 6:36 in the second half to take control of the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> shot 94.7 percent (18-19) from the free throw line, as the Wildcats made 11-of-17 (64.7 percent) at the charity stripe.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Individually for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, Whisonant scored a game-high 14 points coming off the bench, and senior Linda Pace added a season-high nine points to go with four rebounds and three steals.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Junior Kaela Chapdelaine led <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> with 10 points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 396.75pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">18 of the 19 players from both teams that played in the game scored a basket.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 396.75pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 396.75pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> trailed early on in the game, as <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> raced out to a <A name=OLE_LINK2></A><A name=OLE_LINK1><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2">14-4 lead at the 15:10 </SPAN></A>mark in the first on two free throws by Cicely Oaks.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats used a 14-2 scoring run over the next 7:39 to take an 18-16 lead on a jumper by Shannon Hobson at the 7:31 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats held a 25-22 lead with 42 seconds left in the first, but a three-point play by Eleanor Haring with 17 seconds left tied the game at 25-25 going into halftime.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 396.75pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 396.75pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> shot 38.7 percent (12-31) from the field in the first half, compared to a 35.0 percent mark (7-20) by <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 253.5pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats controlled the second half for the first eight minutes, and led 41-37 at the 11:53 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> then put together a 13-4 run over the next 6:36 to take a 50-45 lead with 5:17 left in the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Oregon led by as many as seven down the stretch, but Arizona cut the deficit to two points at 57-55 on a lay in by Pace with 44 seconds left.</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A QUICK LOOK AT <st1:State w:st="on">ARIZONA</st1:State>: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> averages 64.2 points a game while shooting 39.7 percent (652-1644) from the field, 26.9 percent (119-442) from three-point range, and 68.7 percent (311-453) from the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have also tallied 240 steals (8.89 spg), third-best in the Pac-10, off of 526 opponent turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth leads <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> with 16.3 points a game (7th in the Pac-10) while posting 5.4 rebounds, and 2.22 steals per game (third in the Pac-10).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ABOUT THE BRUINS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">The UCLA Bruins enter Thursday&rsquo;s matchup with a 13-13 overall record and a 7-7 mark in the Pac-10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UCLA has won four of their last six, but lost at USC, 62-55, on Saturday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Bruins are 5-5 at home so far this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, UCLA shoots 43.4 percent (662-1527) from the field, 35.4 percent (102-288) from three point range, and 68.3 percent (352-515) from the free throw line while averaging 68.4 points a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Noelle Quinn averages 16.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists to lead the Bruins, and junior forward Lindsey Pluimer adds 15.8 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Kathy Olivier is in her 14<SUP>th</SUP> season at the helm of the Bruin program.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">THE UCLA-ARIZONA SERIES:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Thursday&rsquo;s game will be the 58th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Bruins on the hardwood, with UCLA owning a 39-18 all-time series advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Bruins escaped <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> with a 76-73 win over <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> on Jan. 20, as UCLA swept the two-game series last year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has won seven of the last 12 matchups in the series, last winning in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 16, 2005 (84-73).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Under head coach Joan Bonvicini, the Wildcats are 16-15 against UCLA.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ARIZONA</SPAN></B></st1:State><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> HEAD COACH JOAN BONVICINI:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The winningest coach in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> women's basketball history, Joan Bonvicini has taken the Wildcat program from obscurity into the national limelight. In her 16 seasons at the helm, Bonvicini has guided the Wildcats to nine postseason appearances, including seven NCAA Tournament berths and a WNIT Championship.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Under Bonvicini's tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 10 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history. During this time, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has been nationally ranked multiple times, including a best ever ranking of No. 7 in 1998. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Bonvicini's success is mirrored in her players' accolades. She has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-America selections, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 21 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 11 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 275-200 (.579) mark at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> and is 600-271 (.689) in 28 years as a head coach.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On Feb. 8, 2007, Bonvicini became the 18th coach in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to reach the 600 win milestone with a 65-61 victory over <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She has a career record of 24-17 in NCAA Tournament play and has lost just two first-round games in 17 tourney appearances.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">WIN #600: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Head coach Joan Bonvicini earned her 600th career victory on Thursday, Feb. 8, as the Wildcats defeated Oregon State, 65-61.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Bonvicini became the 18th women's basketball coach in NCAA Division I history to accomplish the 600-win plateau.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">LOVE THOSE THURSDAYS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Although Arizona started the season 0-5 when playing games on Thursday, the Wildcats have won back-to-back games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> knocked off <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> on the road on Feb. 1, and beat <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> on Feb. 8 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has not started a Pac-10 week with three-straight Thursday wins since February of 2005.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">EVERBODY SCORES (ALMOST):</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> In the game against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> on Saturday, 18 of the 19 total players from both teams to take the court scored a basket.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The only player not to score in the game was junior Suzy Bofia, who finished 0-of-1 from the field in one minute of action.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> is 7-4 this season when leading at halftime. However, the Wildcats were 1-3 when leading at the half before beating <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Feb. 1, after leading the Cougars 26-24 at halftime.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 2-13 when trailing at the half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For the first time this season, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> went into the half tied against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> on Saturday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats and the Ducks were tied up at 25-25, but <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> outscored UA 34-30 in the second half for the win.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CARDIAC CATS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 6-3 in games decided by five points or less.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats secured a four-point victory over the Beavers, 65-61, last Thursday, but dropped a four-point decision, 59-55, to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> on Saturday.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">MAGIC NUMBER: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">On the season, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 5-3 when scoring 70 points or more in a game, including a season-high 83 points scored in its season-opening win against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All-time, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 176-21 (.893) when scoring 80 points or more, as the Wildcats are 129-14 (.902) under head coach Joan Bonvicini when reaching the 80 point plateau.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 2-11 this season when posting 60-69 points in a game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">RUN IT, RUN IT:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">So far this season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has shown the ability to put together some large scoring runs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Here is a breakdown of some of the Wildcats' major scoring-streaks:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">21 points: 30-9 run over the final 6:53 of the first half at UTEP<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Long Beach</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 16-0 run over 3:13 in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Maryland</st1:place></st1:State><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">15 points: 15-0 run over 4:40 in the first half vs. GW<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Long Beach</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 14-2 run over 7:39 in the first half vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State></SPAN></B><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 16-4 run over 5:16 in the second half vs. Stanford<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 17-5 run over 3:30 in the second half vs. UCLA<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 12-0 run over 5:55 in first half vs. NC State<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 10-0 run over 3:54 in the first half vs. USC<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">THE BIG, BAD RUN: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Although <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> can score points in bunches, the Wildcats have a tendency to give up large scoring runs to the opposition.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Here is a look at some of the scoring runs <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has given up to opponents:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">26 points: 31-5 scoring run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Maryland</st1:place></st1:State> over 9:59 to start the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">23 points: 33-10 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> over 10:12 in the second half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">21 points: 26-5 run to Texas A&amp;M in the final 7:31 of the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">20 points: 26-6 run at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> over 9:26 to start the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">19 points: 27-8 run to Stanford over 7:41 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 16-0 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> over 7:45 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 21-5 run to UTEP in the final 3:37 of the game<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">14 points: 17-3 run at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> over 4:28 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">13 points: 13-0 run to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Fresno</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> in the final 4:33 of the game<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">13 points: 16-3 run to Louisiana Tech over 5:29 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 14-2 run to USC over 7:14 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 13-1 run at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State></st1:place> over 5:54 in the second half.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 16-4 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State> over 5:21 to start the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 15-3 run to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> over 4:51 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 11-0 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> over 3:06 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 16-5 run to USC over 4:04 in the second half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 15-4 run to USC in the final 4:23 of the game<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 15-4 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State> over 4:51 midway through the second half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 14-4 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> in the opening 4:50</SPAN></B><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 10-0 run to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Utah</st1:State></st1:place> over 3:16 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 10-0 run to UCLA over the final 2:34 of the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">WATCH YOUR POCKETS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats have excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has tallied 240 steals (8.89 spg) on the year, which is third best in the Pac-10. UA has also forced 526 opponent turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have recorded double-figures in steals in 12 games this season, but failed to post double-figures in steals against the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> schools this past week.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth leads <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> with a mark of 2.22 spg, the third-best mark in the Pac-10.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">OFFENSIVE BOARDS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">So far this season, the Wildcats have done a solid job on the offensive glass.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the year, the Wildcats have grabbed 362 offensive rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has posted double-figures in offensive rebounds in 21 of 27 games this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has posted double-figures in offensive rebounds in 10 of the last 12 games, and 13 of the last 16 games, finishing with 14 offensive boards on Saturday against the Ducks.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> is out-rebounded opponents on the offensive glass 362-318 this season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">BALL CONTROL: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> finished with 28 total turnovers this past week, its lowest number for turnovers in a two-game span this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Defensively, the Wildcats forced 37 turnovers on the opposition.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">POST UP: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&rsquo;s post play on the offensive end has stepped it up lately, as the Wildcats have scored 70 of its 120 (58.3 percent) in the last two games inside the paint.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats posted 40 of its 65 points (61.5 percent) in the paint against <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> last Thursday, and finished with 30 of its 55 points (54.5 percent) inside the paint against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> scored a total of 40 points in the paint in its last two games combined before playing the Beavers, and hadn't scored 40 points in the paint since beating <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Long Beach</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Dec. 12, a span of 16 games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">GOOD D:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The Wildcat defense has shown its claws the last two games, as <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> limited the Beavers and the Ducks to 43 total field goal attempts apiece, a season low mark for opponents.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That is a vast improvement from <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s season numbers, as the Wildcats are allowing opponents to take an average of 60.8 field goal attempts, including an average of 59.2 field goal attempts in Pac-10 play.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">LEADING LATE: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats are 7-1 this season when leading with one minute left in the game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">GIVE HER THE ROCK: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Senior Joy Hollingsworth was on an absolute tear before struggling against the Ducks on Saturday, finishing with just six points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the three games before the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> game, she scored 20 points or more in each contest.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the season, the <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Seattle</st1:place></st1:City> native is averaging a team-best 16.3 points a game (7th in the Pac-10), as she has scored 20 points or more on 11 different occasions.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She is also averaging 5.4 rebounds and 2.22 steals a game (third in the Pac-10), and has posted double-figure point totals in 22 out of 27 games this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">LOOK FOR A BIG ONE:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Joy failed to score in double-figures for just the fifth time this season, but don&rsquo;t expect that to last for long.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In games following a single-digit output for Hollingsworth, she is averaging 14.6 points including outbursts of 31 points and 20 points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ON POINT: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Junior Ashley Whisonant has provided the Wildcats with a much needed spark off the bench. In the last three games coming off the bench, Whisonant is averaging 15.3 points and 3.3 assists a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She finished with a game-high 14 points in 26 minutes as a reserve on Saturday against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the year, Whisonant is averaging 11.2 points and 3.59 assists a game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">DIME TRACKER:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Ashley Whisonant dished out her 250<SUP>th</SUP> career assist against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> on Saturday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far in her three-year career, Whisonant is averaging 2.84 assists a game, and has 97 assists on the year this season. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">BENCH HELP: </SPAN></B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> tallied 27 in each of its last two games, led by Ashley Whisonant's 29 in the two game span.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The bench has accounted for 49.1 percent of the scoring output for the Wildcats the last two games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">PICKING UP THE PACE: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Senior guard Linda Pace's stats might not jump out from the box score, but her play has been pivotal for the Wildcats' success as of late.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 2-2 with Pace in the starting lineup, as she has helped solidify the Wildcats' post play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Last Thursday, Pace finished with four points, a career-high six rebounds and a steal in 19 minutes of playing time against the Beavers. Against the Ducks on Saturday, Pace posted a season-high nine points to go with four rebounds and three steals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In her last four games as a starter, Pace is averaging 4.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.25 steals a game in 21.8 minutes of action.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">MS. CONSISTENCY: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has become one of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>'s most consistent players.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-1 forward is averaging 9.0 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Njonkou leads the team with 87 offensive rebounds (tops in the Pac-10), and is shooting 46.6 percent (89-191) from the field. She is the only Wildcat this season to post a double-double, as she leads the team with four, including two in her last four games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Fresno</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Njonkou finished with 15 points and a career-best 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Njonkou recorded the first double-double of her career with a career-high 17 points and 11 rebounds against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against USC, Njonkou posted her third double-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high four assists.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far this season, she has recorded five rebounds or more in 24 of her 27 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">BRING IT: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Like every season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> competes against some of the toughest competition in the nation.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This year will be no different.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will face a strong non-conference slate to go along with the always-difficult Pac-10 Conference season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will play 20 games this season against 12 teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will face defending national champion <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Maryland</st1:place></st1:State> and NCAA Tournament teams George Washington and TCU in the first week of the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> also hosts NC State, Louisiana Tech and <st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State>, and travels to Texas A&amp;M and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Utah</st1:State></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After the brutal non-conference slate, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> must throw blows with its Pac-10 Conference foes, including <st1:City w:st="on">Arizona State</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State>, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Stanford</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State></st1:place>, USC, and UCLA, all tournament teams from a year ago.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">RANK THIS: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">'s tough schedule is apparent when you take a look at this year's preseason rankings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top-25 Poll, nine of the top 25 teams in the nation will play the Wildcats during the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Defending champs Maryland tops the list at No. 1 in the nation, followed by No. 4 Stanford, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 14 Texas A&amp;M, No. 20 New Mexico, No. 21 California, No. 22 USC, No. 23 UCLA, and No. 25 Washington.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, five other <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> opponents (George Washington, Utah, TCU, Louisiana Tech, and NC State) received double-digit votes in the poll.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This week, six of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>'s 2006-07 opponents are ranked in the top-25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far this season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 0-9 against ranked opposition.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN THE PAC-10: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> women's basketball team was selected to finish seventh in the Pac-10 Conference in a preseason vote by the conference's head coaches on Oct., 16.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats garnered 32 points in the poll, as defending Pac-10 champion Stanford was chosen as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10 title.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> received the remaining first-place nod and tallied 70 points to place second. USC was tabbed to finish third with 63 points, followed by <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State> and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> with 53 points for a tie for the fourth-place slot. UCLA grabbed 46 points to place sixth, followed by <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> (32), as <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> (22), <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> (16) and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> (14) rounded out the poll.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> was also selected to finish seventh in the Pac-10 Media Poll released Nov. 7.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">UP NEXT: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> will play its first game in the USC&rsquo;s new <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Galen</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. (PST).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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