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20070202 Joan Bonvicini Goes For Win #600 on Saturday at Washington
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Release: 02/02/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Coming Up:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"> The University of Arizona women&rsquo;s basketball team (8-16, 2-10 Pac-10) travels to Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies (13-10, 6-6 Pac-10) on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. (PST).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will look to give head coach Joan Bonvicini her 600<SUP>th</SUP> career win, as she will become the 18<SUP>th</SUP> coach in NCAA history to accomplish that feat.<?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; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Catch the Action: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">As always, Arizona women&rsquo;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; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Washington State Recap:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Junior guard Jessica Arnold hit two free throws with 8.9 seconds left in the game to lift Arizona to a 55-51 win over Washington State on Thursday night at Beasley Coliseum.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The win ends a six-game losing streak for the Wildcats, and gives head coach Joan Bonvicini 599 victories in her career, as she stands just one win shy of becoming the 18<SUP>th</SUP> coach in NCAA history to reach the 600 win milestone.<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">Arizona shot a season-low 28.6 percent (18-63) from the field, but out-rebounded WSU 42-33, including 21 offensive boards.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats also shot 38.1 percent (8-21) from three point range, 73.3 percent (11-15) from the free throw line, and finished with eight steals and 13 assists.<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 Arizona, senior Joy Hollingsworth led the way with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including a career high five three pointers on 10 attempts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arnold added 13 points, and junior Shannon Hobson added eight points and eight rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sophomore Amina Njonkou finished with nine points and six rebounds.<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">Marisa Stotler led Washington State with 16 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"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona started the game off strong, jumping out to a 12-6 lead over the Cougars at the 13:41 mark in the first half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Washington State responded with a 7-0 scoring run over three minutes to take a 13-12 lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats went scoreless for a stretch of seven minutes until a three by Hollingsworth gave Arizona a 16-15 lead at the 6:48 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona extended its lead to 26-19 with 1:26 left in the first, but WSU closed the half out with five straight points and trailed 26-24 at halftime.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona shot 29.6 percent (8-27) from the field in the first.<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">The second half was very close, as the Cougs and Cats traded leads until the final minute.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona trailed 46-43 with 5:41 left, but a three by Hollingsworth tied the game up at 46-46 with 5:15 left.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With the game tied up at 51-51, Njonkou hit a layup with 1:07 left in the game to put Arizona up 53-51.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arnold sealed the win with two free throws down the stretch to give Arizona its first win in seven games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona will next travel to Washington on Saturday, Feb. 3, for a 1 p.m. matchup with Huskies in Bank of America Arena.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">A Quick Look at Arizona:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"> Arizona averages 64.6 points a game while shooting 39.5 percent (583-1477) from the field, 27.1 percent (109-402) from three point range, and 68.6 percent (275-401) from the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have tallied 217 steals (9.1 spg), third-best in the Pac-10, off of 466 opponent turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth leads Arizona with 16.2 points a game (7<SUP>th</SUP> in the Pac-10) while posting 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 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; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">About the Huskies:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"> The University of Washington Huskies enter Saturday&rsquo;s game with a 13-10 overall record, and a 6-6 mark in the Pac-10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UW has lost three straight games, and six of its last seven games since beating Arizona, 83-66, on Jan. 4 in McKale Center.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Huskies are 9-3 at home so far this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior guard Cameo Hicks leads UW with 17.3 points and 5.4 rebounds a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Head coach June Daugherty is in her 11<SUP>th</SUP> year at the helm of the UW program.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Washington-Arizona Series: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Saturday&rsquo;s game will be the 44th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Huskies on the hardwood, with Washington owning a 28-15 all-time series advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona has lost the last four games in the series, winning six-straight before that span.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Huskies beat the Wildcats 83-66 on Jan. 4 in McKale Center.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Under head coach Joan Bonvicini, Arizona is 15-20 against UW, including an 11-8 mark against the Huskies since 1999.<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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The winningest coach in Arizona 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; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; 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, Arizona 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; 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">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 274-198 (.579) mark at Arizona and is 599-269 (.690) in 27 years as a head coach, needing just ONE 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Win #600:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> As mentioned above, head coach Joan Bonvicini stands just ONE win shy of 600 in her career. With a win on Saturday, she will become the 18th 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Get Ahead, Stay Ahead:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Arizona is 7-4 this season when leading at halftime. However, the Wildcats were 1-3 when leading at the half before beating Washington State on Thursday after leading the Cougars 26-24 at halftime.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona is 1-12 when trailing at the half, with its only come-from-behind win coming against Washington State at home.<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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Cardiac Cats:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona is 5-2 in games decided by five points or less.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats topped the Cougars on Thursday with a four-point victory (55-51).<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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">RUN IT, RUN IT:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far this season, Arizona 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; 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">25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs. Nicholls State<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs. Long Beach State<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at Maryland<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs. Long Beach State<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">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; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs. Nicholls State<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs. Washington State<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs. New Mexico<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs. Washington<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">THE BIG, BAD RUN:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Although Arizona 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 Arizona has given up to opponents:<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">26 points: 31-5 scoring run to Maryland 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; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">20 points: 26-6 run at Arizona State 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; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 16-0 run to California 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; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">14 points: 17-3 run at Oregon 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">13 points: 13-0 run to Fresno State 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; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 13-1 run at Oregon 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 16-4 run to New Mexico 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 15-3 run to Washington State 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">11 points: 11-0 run to California 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; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 15-4 run to New Mexico 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 10-0 run to Utah 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">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; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Watch Your Pockets:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The Wildcats have excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona has tallied 217 steals (9.1 spg) on the year, which is third best in the Pac-10. UA has forced 466 opponent turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have recorded double-figures in steals in 11 games this season, and finished with eight steals on Thursday at WSU.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth leads Arizona with a mark of 2.3 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Offensive Boards: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; 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 321 offensive rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona has posted double-figures in offensive rebounds in 19 of 24 games this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona has posted double-figures in offensive rebounds in eight of the last nine games, and 11 of the last 13 games, finishing with 21 offensive boards at Washington State, the second-highest total this season.<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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Glass Work: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona out-rebounded Washington State 42-33 on Thursday night.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Out-rebounding the opposition leads to good things for the Wildcats, as Arizona owns a 5-3 record this season when owning the rebound advantage.<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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Handles:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Arizona did a magnificent job taking care of the ball on the offensive end on Thursday night against the Cougars.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats finished the game with a season-low 10 turnovers.<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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Looking for a Dime:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Of Arizona&rsquo;s 18 field goals on Thursday against WSU, 13 were by way of assists, good for 72.2 percent of the offensive production.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the season, Arizona has finished with double-figures in assists in 22 of 24 games.<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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Sea-Town&rsquo;s Finest:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Arizona might be on the road, but expect the Wildcats to have its own fan section in Saturday&rsquo;s game at Washington.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth, and sophomores Kelsey Burns and Malia O&rsquo;Neal each calls Seattle their hometown.<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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Give Her the Rock:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Senior Joy Hollingsworth was due to have a good game on Thursday against the Cougars.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She was coming off a performance against California in the previous game in which she scored eight points on 2-of-18 shooting (11.1 percent) including a 0-of-8 mark from three point range.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She rebounded from that with a 20 point outburst against WSU on 7-of-16 shooting from the field with a career-best five three point field goals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The last time she had an &ldquo;off&rdquo; performance was at California on Dec. 30 when she finished with five points on 2-of-14 shooting including a 0-of-6 mark from behind the arc.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She responded in the next game by scoring a career-high 31 points against Washington on 10-of-24 shooting from the field.<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">On the season, Hollingsworth leads the team with 16.2 points a game.<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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Love Them DAWGS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Joy Hollingsworth might take extra enjoyment in playing the Huskies on Saturday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Not only will she be playing before a hometown crowd, she will also try to duplicate the career-high performance she had against UW in her first game this season against the Huskies.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On Jan. 4 against UW in Tucson, Hollingsworth went off for a career-high 31 points on 10-of-24 shooting.<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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Ms. Consistency:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has become one of Arizona's most consistent players.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-1 forward is averaging 9.6 points and a team-best 7.1 rebounds a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She leads the team with 78 offensive rebounds (tops in the Pac-10), and is shooting 47.2 percent (85-180) 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 Fresno State, 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 Nicholls State.<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"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; 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>Against Stanford last Thursday, Njonkou finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far this season, she has recorded five rebounds or more in 22 of her 24 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She finished nine points and six rebounds against Washington State.<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"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Heating Up:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Junior Jessica Arnold is starting to provide quite the offensive threat on the perimeter for the Wildcats.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In her last seven games, Arnold is averaging 13.4 points a game, while shooting 23-of-27 from the free throw line (85.2 percent).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Her two free throws at the end of the game Thursday sealed the win for Arizona.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She has scored in double-figures in six of her last seven games, including a team-high 19 point performance against Cal on Saturday, on 7-of-14 shooting from the field to go with a career-high four steals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She posted 13 points and four assists against Washington State on Thursday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In Pac-10 play, Arnold is averaging 11.1 points a game.<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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Bring It: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Like every season, Arizona 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>Arizona 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 Maryland and NCAA Tournament teams George Washington and TCU in the first week of the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona also hosts NC State, Louisiana Tech and New Mexico, and travels to Texas A&amp;M and Utah.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After the brutal non-conference slate, Arizona must throw blows with its Pac-10 Conference foes, including Arizona State, California, Stanford, Washington, 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Rank This: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona'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 Arizona 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; 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">This week, six of Arizona's 2006-07 opponents are ranked in the top-25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far this season, Arizona 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Cats Picked to Finish Seventh in the Pac-10:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The University of Arizona 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; 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">The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as Arizona State received the remaining first-place nod and tallied 70 points to place second. USC was tabbed to finish third with 63 points, followed by California and Washington with 53 points for a tie for the fourth-place slot. UCLA grabbed 46 points to place sixth, followed by Arizona (32), as Oregon (22), Washington State (16) and Oregon State (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; 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">Arizona 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; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Up Next:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Arizona will return home to host Oregon State on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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