Jan. 7, 2011
TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats (receiving votes in the ESPN poll) and the California Golden Bears will continue the Pac-10 slate of women's basketball games with a contest at 3 p.m. MT on Sat., Jan. 8, at Haas Pavilion. The Cal game will wrap-up Arizona's first Pac-10 road weekend.
The Arizona Wildcats and the California Golden Bears will meet for the 53rd time on Saturday. Arizona leads the series with Cal, 29-23. The Golden Bears have won nine-straight match ups with the Wildcats. Arizona's last win against Cal, 80-76, came on Jan. 22, 2006 at Haas Pavilion.
The Arizona Wildcats are 11-3 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging double-digit points in sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (14.4), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (14.9) and senior forward Soana Lucet (12.1). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 10.2 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 6.0 assists per game. Currently, Wildcat players lead the Pac-10 in rebounds (Ibekwe, 132, 10.2 pg), assists (Arnold, 84, 6.0 pg) and defensive rebounds (Ibekwe, 88, 6.8 pg).
Scouting the Golden Bears: The California Golden Bears are 9-4 overall and 1-1 in Pac-10 play. They have three players averaging in double-digit scoring: DeNesha Stallworth (15.5), Layshia Clarendon (13.8) and Talia Caldwell (10.6). Caldwell also paces the Bears at the glass with 8.6 rebounds per game. Golden Bear players lead the Pac-10 in steals (Eliza Pierre, 45, 3.5pg) and offensive rebounds (Talia Caldwell, 55, 4.2pg). As a team, Cal leads the Pac-10 in three-point FG defense (.227) and offensive rebound percentage (.429).
In this week's Associated Press Top 25, Baylor, Connecticut and Duke, respectively, hold the top three spots and Stanford sits at No. 4. Of the Pac-10 schools, Stanford and UCLA (No. 12) are ranked and Arizona State and USC are receiving votes. In this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25, Baylor, Connecticut and Duke, respectively, hold the top three spots and Stanford sits at No. 4. Of the Pac-10 schools, Stanford and UCLA (No. 11) are ranked and Arizona State and Arizona are receiving votes.
The Wildcats picked up their first Pac-10 loss on Thursday after falling to the No. 4/4 Stanford Cardinal, 87-54. For the third-straight game, junior guard Shanita Arnold led Arizona in scoring. Against Stanford, she had 13 points to go with her two rebounds and three assists. She was the lone Wildcat to score in double figures but senior forward Ify Ibekwe (8), junior forward Taylor Dalrymple (8), sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (9) and junior guard Reiko Thomas (9) were not far off. Ibekwe paced Arizona at the glass with eight boards.
Arizona will conclude its first Pac-10 trip with the California game on Saturday. Next weekend, the Wildcats will face in-state rival Arizona State on Sun., Jan. 16, in Tempe. The Wildcats return to McKale Center Jan. 20 and 22 to face Washington and Washington State, respectively.
All Wildcat games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400. All broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pre-game show. Entering their third season calling Arizona Wildcat women's basketball games will be Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Alysiah Bond (color). Live stats are available at ArizonaWildcats.com. Live video is available at CalBears.com.