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20070109 Women?s Basketball Travels To Oregon For Pivotal Pac-10 Game
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Release: 01/09/2007
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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 (7-10, 1-4 Pac-10) travels to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Eugene</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ore.</st1:State></st1:place>, to take on the Oregon Ducks (9-5, 1-3 Pac-10) on Thursday, Jan 11 at 7 p.m. (PST) at <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">McArthur Court</st1:address></st1:Street>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will try to win back-to-back Pac-10 games for the first time since 2004-05.<?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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">WASHINGTON STATE RECAP:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Arizona rallied to overcome an eight point halftime deficit and hung on down the stretch for a 59-57 win over Washington State on Saturday in McKale Center, despite missing eight consecutive free throws in the final 32 seconds.<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: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"> led 59-53 with 50 seconds left in the game, but could not put the Cougars away from the free throw line down the stretch.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>WSU made two-straight layups to cut the UA lead to 59-57 with 23 seconds left, but missed its last two three-point attempts to allow Arizona to escape with 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"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Individually for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, senior Joy Hollingsworth led the team with 18 points (7-17), and sophomore Amina Njonkou added 13 points and nine rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Ashley Whisonant finished with 11 points and a career-high seven rebounds.<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">Sophomore guard Katie Appleton scored a game-high 22 points to lead <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"><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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> shot 40.0 percent (20-50) from the floor in the game, 33.3 percent (4-12) from three point range, and 53.6 percent (15-28) from the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> finished the game shooting 34.6 percent (21-61) from the field, and out-rebounded the Wildcats 40-39.<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: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"> jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the start of the game, holding WSU scoreless for the first 3:26.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cougars responded with two-straight treys by <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Appleton</st1:City></st1:place> which sparked a 10-0 scoring run over the next 4:26 to give the Cougars a 10-6 lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A Hollingsworth three pointer gave UA a 13-12 lead at the 9:03 mark, but WSU countered with a 15-3 run over the next 4:51 and led 27-16 with 4:14 left in the first half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cougars went into halftime with a 32-24 lead, as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> shot 33.3 percent (8-24) from the field, compared to a 38.2 percent (13-34) mark for WSU.<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: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"> opened the second half with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 32-32 with 13:14 left to play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats held <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> scoreless in the second half for the opening 7:45, as the Cougars shot 0-of-8 from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Two free throws by Njonkou gave <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> a 36-35 lead at the 11:29 mark, the Wildcats&rsquo; first second half lead in four 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"><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"> led 57-51 on a Hollingsworth layup at the 2:04 mark, and was up 59-53 with 50 seconds left in the game before going cold at the charity stripe.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> cut the deficit to two points, but could not capitalize on <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> going 0-of-8 from the free throw line in the final seconds.<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 63.5 points a game while shooting 39.8 percent (413-1038) from the field, 25.6 percent (67-262) from three-point range, and 66.2 percent (186-281) from the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have also tallied 165 steals (9.7 spg) off of 347 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 15.6 points a game while posting 5.9 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per 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">ABOUT THE DUCKS:</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">Oregon Ducks</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> enter Thursday&rsquo;s matchup with a 9-5 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the Pac-10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> lost both of its games in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Los Angeles</st1:place></st1:City> this past week, dropping a 71-79 decision to USC in overtime, and losing 70-77 at UCLA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> is 5-2 at home so far this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, the Ducks shoot 41.7 percent (316-757) from the field, 37.7 percent (83-220) from three point range, and 70.1 percent (188-268) from the free throw line while averaging 64.5 points a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Individually for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>, senior forward Eleanor Haring leads the team with 14.5 points a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Bev Smith is in her sixth year at the helm of the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> program.<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 OREGON-ARIZONA SERIES: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Thursday&rsquo;s game will be the 44<SUP>th</SUP> meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Ducks on the hardwood, with <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> owning a 24-19 all-time series advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Last season, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> beat <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> two times in three meetings, including a 64-57 win over the Ducks in the Pac-10 Tournament.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> has won eight of the last 10 meetings in the series, with the last two Wildcat losses being in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Eugene</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ore.</st1:State></st1:place>, by an average of 19 points.<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"><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 15 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"><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">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 273-192 (.587) mark at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> and is 598-263 (.695) in 27 years as a head coach, needing just three wins to become the 18th coach in NCAA history to reach 600 career wins.<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 style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">WIN #600: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">As mentioned above, head coach Joan Bonvicini stands just two wins shy of 600 in her career.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If the Cats sweep this week in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>, she will become the 18<SUP>th</SUP> coach in NCAA 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><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">TOUGH BEATS: </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"> has lost 10 games on the season, but their beats have come against some of the top teams in the nation.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Entering Saturday's game against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Washington</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>'s 10 losses have been against teams with a combined record of 113-37 (.753), with seven of those losses being to ranked teams.<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><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 6-3 this season when leading at halftime. However, the Wildcats are 1-2 in their last three games, each of which <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> led at the 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 style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">COMEBACK CATS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Saturday&rsquo;s win over <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> marked the first time this season that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> won a game after trailing at halftime.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats were 0-7 when trailing at the half before Saturday&rsquo;s come-from-behind victory.<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">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 4-1 in games decided by five points or less.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have notched two overtime wins decided by three points or less, a road win by four points, and Saturday&rsquo;s thrilling 59-57 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 style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">LEADS ARE GOOD:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Two free throws by Amina Njonkou gave Arizona a 36-35 lead at the 11:29 mark in the second half against Washington State, the Wildcats&rsquo; first second half lead in four games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> last lead in the second half before that was 60-58 with 4:33 left to play in the game against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Fresno</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"><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">NOT FREE:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> They are simply called free throws, but in no way are they free.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> found that out on Saturday against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> as the Wildcats shot 15-of-28 (53.6 percent) from the line in the game, the second lowest mark on the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s inability to hit from the line almost cost them the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats made just two of the last 12 attempts at the charity stripe, including a 0-of-8 mark in the final 32 seconds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Nonetheless, the Wildcats escaped with a 59-57 win, thanks in part to some tough defense that prevented the Cougars from stealing a 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 style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">FROM THE LINE:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> What is most interesting about <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s free throw woes on Saturday is that the Wildcats were money from the line the game before against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against the Huskies, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> shot a season-high 84.6 percent from the line, hitting 22 free throws on 26 attempts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the last two games, Arizona has toed the line 54 times, the highest mark this season in a two game span, and the only time this season the Wildcats have managed to get to the line more that 20 times in consecutive games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> shot 68.5 percent (37-54) from the line last week, a number just above their 66.2 percent (186-281) season average.<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">TOUGH DEFENSE:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Defense was definitely key in the Wildcats&rsquo; win over <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType>, as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> held WSU to a 34.4 percent (21-61) shooting in the game, the third lowest tally this season, including a 29.6 percent (8-27) mark in the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s defense was able to hold <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> scoreless for the first 3:26 of the game, and for the opening 7:45 of the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Long Beach</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> on Dec. 12, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> held the 49ers scoreless for the opening five minutes of 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"><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">SHOTS?:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> took a season-low 50 field goal attempts against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> 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 style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">BEHIND THE ARC:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s shooting from three point range on Saturday experienced both a hot and a cold.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats started the game against WSU making their first four three-point attempts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After the hot start, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> missed their next eight three pointers in a row, including a 0-of-6 mark in the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats are shooting 25.6 percent (67-262) from behind the arc 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">MAGIC NUMBER:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> So far this season, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is a perfect 4-0 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 1-7 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></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><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> 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">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"><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"><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">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 to <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">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">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: 16-4 run to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State></st1:place> 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: 15-4 run to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State></st1:place> over 4:51 midway through 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">10 points: 10-0 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Utah</st1:place></st1:State> 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"><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 165 steals (9.7 spg) on the season, which is third best in the Pac-10. UA has forced 347 opponent turnovers, converting 287 points (16.9 ppg) off of turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have recorded double-figures in steals in nine games this season, including 10 steals against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> last Thursday.<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 2.4 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">SPLINTERS OUT: </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 depth is certainly displayed in the team's bench play, as reserves have totaled 302 bench points in 17 games (17.7 ppg).<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 bench points 14 of its 17 games this season, as the bench has accounted for 27.9 percent of the team's 1079 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats finished with 25 bench points against <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType>, and 30 points off the bench (51.7 percent of the team's 58 total points) against Stanford, with 16 bench points against <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State>, and 12 against <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"><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 231 offensive rebounds, leading to 216 second-chance points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is averaging 13.6 offensive rebounds and 12.7 second-chance points a game, and has posted double-figures in offensive rebounds in 13 of 17 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> finished with 15 offensive rebounds against <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State>, and 12 against <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"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">WHAT A DIFFERENCE: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">After struggling from the field last week in the Bay Area, senior Joy Hollingsworth found her groove again offensively in <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> against the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> schools.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>, Hollingsworth scored a career-best 31 points on 10-of-24 shooting from the field in a season-high 40 minutes of action.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Her performance is the second-highest point total by a Pac-10 player so far this season, and is the highest mark by an <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> player since Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 35 points against UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 16, 2004.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Hollingsworth scored a team-high 18 points, including 11 points in the second half to help the Wildcats grab its comeback win over the Cougars.<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">For the week, Hollingsworth averaged 24.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 steals in the two games, a big improvement from the week before in which she averaged just 3.5 points per game, while shooting 2-of-22 (0.09 percent) from the field, with a 0-of-9 mark from three point range.<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"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Seattle</st1:place></st1:City> native is averaging a team-best 15.6 points a game (8th in the Pac-10), as she has scored 22 points or more on five different occasions.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She is also averaging 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals a game, and has posted double-figure point totals in 14 out of 17 games this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Hollingsworth is shooting 38.4 percent from the field (94-245), and averages 14 shots from the field a game.<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">PLAYING TOUGH:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Despite a knee injury, junior point guard Ashley Whisonant gutted out a solid performance against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The <st1:City w:st="on">Bowie</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Md.</st1:State>, native finished with 11 points, a career-high seven rebounds, and three assists in 30 minutes of play, after sitting out Thursday&rsquo;s game against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Whisonant&rsquo;s key stat of the game was her block shot on Kelly Nakejia&rsquo;s three point attempt with 11 seconds left in the game, helping Arizona hang on for a two-point win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the season, Whisonant is averaging 11.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists a game, including a 12.3 ppg average 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">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:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>'s most consistent players.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-1 forward is averaging 9.4 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She leads the team with 53 offensive rebounds, and is shooting 48.0 percent (61-127) from the field. 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>So far this season, she has recorded five rebounds or more in 14 of her 16 games, as she finished with seven points and seven rebounds against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Njonkou was a rebound away from her third double-double of the season, finishing with 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and three steals in 27 minutes of play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She also made a career-high seven free throws on a career-high 10 attempts.<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">In Pac-10 play, Njonkou is averaging 9.2 points and 7.6 rebounds 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">HOBS IN THE PAINT:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Junior Shannon Hobson has anchored the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> front line this season, providing solid rebounding for the Wildcats in the post.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, the 6-foot-2 center pulled down a season-high nine rebounds in 22 minutes of play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In Pac-10 play, Hobson is averaging 4.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 18 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"><BR><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">WELCOME BACK: </B>Sophomore guard Kelsey Burns made her first appearance to the <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> lineup on Saturday since she played against No. 1-ranked <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Maryland</st1:State></st1:place> back on Nov. 18.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After a 13-game hiatus, Burns stepped in to play six minutes against the Cougars in reserve.<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"><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"><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 0-7 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"><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 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"><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"><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"><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 travel to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> to take on the Beavers on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. (PST).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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