COMING UP: The Arizona women’s basketball team plays Fort Lewis College, a Division II program, in its final exhibition game of the season at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 11, in McKale.
Live video and audio webcasts will be available online through www.arizonaathletics.com for subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium online multimedia service. The cost for All-Access is $6/month for audio only, and $9/month for audio and video. Free live statistics of the game are also available.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE WILDCATS: Arizona defeated NCAA Division II power Cal Poly Pomona 93-73 in an exhibition game at McKale Center Sunday. The Wildcats shot 57 percent from the field and 74 percent from the charity stripe, but were held to just 13 percent (1-of-8) from downtown. Cal Poly connected on 53 percent from the field, 56 percent from three-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line. Arizona also out-rebounded the Broncos 31-30 and forced 31 Cal Poly turnovers. Sophomore Ashley Whisonant led a group of five Wildcats with 10 or more points, finishing with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-14 (71 percent) shooting. Sophomore Ch?© Oh added 14 points and a game-high seven rebounds, while junior Linda Pace finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Senior Natalie Jones and freshman Whitney Fields chipped in 12 points apiece. Junior Joy Hollingsworth tallied a game-high six steals to go along with eight points and four assists. Sophomore Jessica Arnold dished out a game-high six assists.
After the first two contests this season, the Wildcats are led by Whisonant, who is averaging 20.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Jones adds 15.0 points, while Oh is averaging 13.5 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds per game.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: The Skyhawks fell 75-48 in an exhibition game at New Mexico last Friday. Fort Lewis shot 29 percent from the field on the game, compared to the 39 percent of the Lobos. The Skyhawks were also out-rebounded 44-36. Fort Lewis was led by Kelly Goodman, who finished with a team-high 10 points, followed by Stephanie Kosters, Amie Moulton and Jamie Pratt with eight points each. Kosters and Moulton also pulled down seven rebounds each to pace the Skyhawks.
Fort Lewis returns five letterwinners, including three starters, from last year’s squad that finished the season 15-13 overall and 11-8 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Mark Kellogg is in his first season as the head coach.
FORT LEWIS TIES: Sophomore walk-on Jessie Robinson’s parents, Todd and Jeanne, met as students at Fort Lewis, where Todd, too, was a walk-on member of the basketball team.
INJURY UPDATE: Freshman Amina Njonkou has a stress fracture in her right foot and is out 4-8 weeks.
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH, SEVENTH IN PAC-10: Arizona was picked to finish sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Wildcats garnered 42 points, just one point behind fifth-place Oregon. In the media poll, Arizona was picked to finish seventh in the conference, receiving 59 votes.
GOING POLLING: Six of Arizona’s 2005-06 opponents (Stanford, Maryland, UCLA, USC, Utah and Arizona State) are nationally ranked in the various preseason polls. Pac-10 power Stanford is ranked as high as No. 8, while Pac-10 teams USC and Arizona State are ranked in all four polls. Arizona received votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) polls.
STACKED PAC: As a conference, the Pac-10 finished last season ranked as the third toughest conference in the nation after sending five teams to the NCAA Tournament. Finishing ahead of the Pac-10 were the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: The Wildcats have a challenging schedule that includes 12 games against eight teams (Arizona State, Maryland, Oregon, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, USC, Utah and Wisconsin-Green Bay) that made it to the NCAA Tournament last year. Of those teams, six advanced to the second round, while Arizona State made it to the Sweet 16 and Stanford to the Elite Eight.
CURRENT CATS ON UA CAREER LISTS: Senior Natalie Jones ranks eighth all-time at Arizona in free throw percentage (.747) and three-point field goals attempted (249), and ninth in three-point field goals made (72).
GOOD BEGINNINGS: With Joan Bonvicini at the program’s helm, the Wildcats have won 11 of their 14 season openers. Last year, Arizona defeated Saint Mary’s 87-72 at home in its first game of the season in the Preseason WNIT.
WILDCATS ON THE RADIO: All of Arizona’s games this season will be broadcast on Tucson’s Jolt, KJLL 1330 AM, the radio home of Arizona women’s basketball. With Paul Johnson returning for his 11th year as the Wildcats’ play-by-play announcer, the Jolt will broadcast every game, home and away.
WILDCATS ON TELEVISION: The Wildcats have four games this season that will be broadcast on FSN:
Saturday, Nov. 26 - 7:30 p.m. vs. Utah (FSN Arizona)
Sunday, Jan. 8 - noon vs. USC (FSN)
Saturday, Jan. 14 - noon vs. Oregon (FSN)
Sunday, Jan. 22 - 1 p.m. (PT) at California (FSN)
In addition, the Wildcats’ games at home against Stanford (Feb. 18) and at Arizona State (Feb. 25) are "wild card" games that could get picked up in the Pac-10 television package.
UP NEXT: Arizona officially opens the 2005-06 season with an 8:30 p.m. game against Loyola Marymount next Friday, Nov. 18, at McKale. The game is part of a doubleheader with the volleyball team, which hosts USC at 6 p.m.