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02-05-2008 Arizona State Game Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/05/2008
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Coming Up:

The Arizona womenˇ?s basketball team (9-13, 3-8 Pac-10) takes its two-game winning streak up to Tempe to face archrival Arizona State (15-7, 9-2 Pac-10) on Friday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.? The Wildcats are looking to win three-straight Pac-10 games for the first time since 2005.

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Catch the Action:

As always, Arizona women's basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400, with Derrick Palmer and Shannon Hobson calling the action from courtside.? Please visit www.arizonaathletics.com for all of your live stats and live video needs.

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Joan Bonvicini Coachˇ?s Show:

Hosted by Wildcat radio announcer Derrick Palmer, the Joan Bonvicini Coachˇ?s Show is broadcast live from 6-7 p.m. every Monday on KTUC 1400 AM and is held at the Varsity Clubs of America, located at Speedway and Alvernon. The show features Bonvicini with several special guests, ranging from players to staff members.

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Oregon State Recap:

Ashley Whisonant scored 12 of her 17 points in the second half to lead Arizona to a 71-63 victory over Oregon State on Saturday, giving the Wildcatsˇ? their first back-to-back Pac-10 victories in three years.

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Whisonant, who didnˇ?t play the last 11 minutes of the first half after hitting the court hard on a drive, continually made driving shots to keep Oregon State at bay.

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The guard had a pair of driving lay-ins and then a three-pointer to give Arizona a 66-59 lead with 6:47 remaining.

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Arizona (9-13, 3-8) also received 16 points apiece from Rheya Neabors and Amina Njonkou. Ify Ibekwe added 14.

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Ashley Allen led Oregon State (10-12, 3-8) with 17 points, while Talisa Rhea and Cedes Fox-Griffin added 15 and 10 points, respectively.

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Allenˇ?s jumper with 7:17 remaining closed the gap to 63-59 but the Beavers were held to just four points the rest of the game and only one field goal, with that coming with a second left in the game.

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Allen connected on a three-pointer to close an Arizona 11 point lead to

56-53 with 11:20 left.

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Arizona took a 52-41 lead with 14:48 left by outscoring the Beavers 15-4 to open the second half, concluding with a three-pointer from Neabors and a steal and lay-up by Whisonant.

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Rhea scored eight straight, including a pair of three pointers, to give the Beavers a two-point lead before Njonkou scored before the halftime buzzer to tie the game at 37-37.

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona averages 64.8 points a game while shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 25.9 percent from three-point range, and 65.1 percent from the free throw line. Senior Ashley Whisonant leads Arizona with 16.3 points a game (4th in the Pac-10) while posting 3.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game (3rd in the Pac-10).? Junior Amina Njonkou adds 13.7 points and 7.0 rebounds a game.

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About the Sun Devils:

The Arizona State Sun Devils enter Fridayˇ?s game with a 15-7 overall record and a 9-2 mark in Pac-10 play.? ASU has won four-straight games, but its only two losses in conference action have come at home at the hands of Cal and Stanford.? The Sun Devils are 9-4 overall at home so far this season.? As a team, ASU shoots 44 percent from the field, 32.3 percent from three point range and 69.7 percent from the free throw line.? Lauren Lacey leads the team with 13.0 points and 6.1 rebounds a game, and Briann January adds 11.5 points a game.? ? Head coach Charli Turner Thorne is in her 12th season at the helm of the Sun Devil program.

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Series Notes:

Fridayˇ?s game will be the 74th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Sun Devils on the hardwood, with ASU owning a 43-30 series advantage.? ASU defeated Arizona 75-65 on Jan. 12 earlier in the season. Last season, the Sun Devils beat Arizona 74-58, on Dec. 22, 2006 in Tempe, and 59-54 in McKale Center.? Arizona is 19-17 against ASU under head coach Joan Bonvicini, but is 4-12 against the Sun Devils since the 2001 season, losing seven of the last eight and the last five-straight games in the series.? Arizona has not beat ASU since the 2005 season.

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Streaky:

After beating New Mexico on the road in ˇ?The Pitˇ± (Dec. 15), the Wildcats had posted their fourth-straight win and were rolling with a 6-4 record.? Since that game, Arizona had lost eight-straight games before beating Washington State on Jan. 24, its longest losing streak since dropping nine-straight during the 2005-06 season.? Arizona is currently riding a two-game winning streak, its longest in Pac-10 play since 2005.

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Go For It:

On Saturday, Arizona defeated Oregon State to win back-to-back Pac-10 games for the first time since 2005.? A win against Arizona State will give the Wildcats three-straight Pac-10 wins since defeating UCLA, USC and Oregon State consecutively during that same 2005 season.

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The Newest Wildcats:

The Arizona womenˇ?s basketball team has added walk-ons Ashley Gilpin and Sabreena Berger to its roster.?

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Gilpin, a senior from Las Cruces, N.M., is a 5-foot-9 guard currently studying psychology at the UA.? She hails from Mayfield HS, the same high school current Wildcat Marie McGee attended, and where the two were teammates.

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Berger, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, is from San Diego, Calif., and played high school ball at Point Loma HS.

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On the Road, Again:

The Wildcats have been racking up those frequent flyer miles so far this season, playing nine of their first 15 games on the road.? With trips to Washington, Oregon, Green Bay, Wis., Penn State, NC State, Long Beach, Calif., and New Mexico under their belts, the Wildcats have already racked up a grand total of 19,822 round trip miles.? Add 200-plus miles this week with a bus trip up to and from Tempe, and the Wildcats have traveled over 20,000 miles this season, with trips to the Bay and LA still waiting.? Weˇ?ll keep you posted on when the Wildcats earn their free round trip to anywhere in the United States.

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Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini (17th season):

The winningest coach in Arizona women's basketball history, Joan Bonvicini has taken the Wildcat program from obscurity into the national limelight. In her 17 seasons at the helm, Bonvicini has guided the Wildcats to nine postseason appearances, including seven NCAA Tournament berths and a WNIT Championship.? Under Bonvicini's tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 11 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history.

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During this time, Arizona has been nationally ranked multiple times, including a best ever ranking of No. 7 in 1998.? 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, 22 All-Pac-10 honorees, 17 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 18 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 286-216 (.569) mark at Arizona and is 611-287(.679) in 29 years as a head coach. On Feb. 8, 2007, Bonvicini became the 18th coach in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to reach the 600 win milestone with a 65-61 victory over Oregon State in McKale Center. She has a career record of 24-17 in NCAA Tournament play and has lost just two first-round games in 17 tourney appearances.

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500:

Head coach Joan Bonvicini reached another milestone on Jan. 26 at Washington.? The game at Washington marked head coach Joan Bonviciniˇ?s 500th game as the leader of the Wildcat program.? She became just the sixth coach in Arizona history in any sport to coach 500 games.

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899:

Fridayˇ?s game will mark head coach Joan Bonviciniˇ?s 899th game on the sidelines.? She is scheduled to coach her 900th career game at Stanford on Thursday, Feb. 17.? When she does, Bonvicini will become the 14th head coach in NCAA Division I womenˇ?s basketball history to coach in 900 games.

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Road Warriors:

With a wins against Long Beach State and New Mexico, the Wildcats managed to win two-straight road games for the first time since the 2004-05 season.? Arizona last won two-straight on the road in December of 2004 with wins at Chicago State and Washington.?

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Pit This:

Arizona went into New Mexicoˇ?s Pit and did something most visiting teams canˇ?t do: win.? The Wildcats snapped the Lobosˇ? 13-game home winning streak with their 44-36 win, as New Mexico was 7-0 on the season before Saturdayˇ?s game.

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Slow Starts:

Through 22 games, Arizona has been outscored 760-641 by opponents in the first half, and is 4-12 when trailing at the half.? When leading at the half or tied at the half, Arizona is 5-1.? Against Oregon last Thursday, Arizona held a 34-31 lead over the Ducks at halftime, which translated into a 65-60 win.? It was Arizonaˇ?s first halftime lead since leading Oregon State at the half on the road.? On Saturday, Arizona was tied with Oregon State at halftime, 37-37, which led to a 71-63 Wildcat victory.

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Shoot better = W:

As simple as it may seem, Arizonaˇ?s best equation for winning ball games is to shoot better than its opponents.? The Wildcats are 9-3 so far this season when outshooting the opposition.? UA outshot Oregon 45.3 percent to 44 percent last Thursday night, and edged Oregon State 47.4 percent to 47.1 percent in a win on Saturday.

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Almost History:

Arizonaˇ?s 44-36 win over New Mexico came very close to some intriguing historical proportions.? Arizonaˇ?s 44 points in the win was the programˇ?s lowest point total in a victory since beating Utah, 46-36, on Jan. 17 1974.? Arizonaˇ?s school low for a point total in a win is 36 in a win (36-30) over Northern Arizona on Feb. 10, 1973.

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Making History:

Arizonaˇ?s shooting against Cal on Jan. 19 made some dubious school history.? In that game, the Wildcats shot a school record low 24.1 percent from the field (13-54) in Pac-10 play.? Arizonaˇ?s 13 field goals in the game are also a school record low in Pac-10 play.

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Toe That Line:

So far, the Wildcats have shown an ability as a team to get to the free throw line.? Arizona has made it to the line 424 times (19.3 free throw attempts per game), but is only shooting 65.1 percent (276-424) from the charity stripe.? Opponents are shooting 71.0 percent (267-376) from the line against the Cats.

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Against Oregon, Arizona was 15-of-22 (68.2 percent) from the free throw line, and 13-of-21 (61.9 percent) from the line against Oregon State.

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Make Those Free Throws:

Free throw shooting has been a major factor in Arizonaˇ?s ability to win and lose games.? In the Wildcatsˇ? loss against USC (Dec. 28), Arizona shot 17-of-29 from the line (58.6 percent) against the Women of Troy, including a 13-of-23 (56.5 percent) mark in the second half.? Poor shooting from the line kept Arizona from making legitimate comeback attempt at the end of the game, as the Wildcats scored five-straight points in the final 22 seconds of the game to cut the deficit to seven points.? Against UCLA (Jan. 30), Arizona shot 19-of-29 from the line (65.5 percent) against the Bruins, including an 11-of-18 mark (61.1 percent).? Even though the 19 free throws were the second most for the Wildcats on the season, not being able to hit free throws in the second half prevented another comeback attempt, as Arizona cut the deficit to six points with 33 seconds to play in the game.

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Despite playing with six players, and with four players down the stretch, Arizona could have held off an Oregon State comeback (Jan. 3) had it hit its shots at the line.? The Wildcats shot a season-low 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the free throw line against the Beavers, including a 3-of-7 mark in the first half, and a 3-of-8 mark in overtime.

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Against Oregon (Jan. 5), the Wildcats erased a 16-point second half deficit and trailed 56-53 with 1:10 left to play, but shot 12-of-20 (60 percent) from the charity stripe.

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What do you know about Pressure?:

Arizona can put on some pressure defense, and opponents have shown they canˇ?t handle it.? Through 22 games, Arizona has forced 444 turnovers on the opposition, which equates to an average of 20.2 turnovers a game. Arizona forced 17 turnovers on Oregon State in its last outing.

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Ball Control:

Against Oregon State in the last game, Arizona turned the ball over a season-low 11 times.? That figure is the teamˇ?s lowest turnover mark since recording 10 turnovers against Washington State last season (Feb. 1, 2007).

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Ball Thieves:

The Wildcats have shown they can scratch at opponents, posting 180 steals so far on the season for an 8.2 steals per game average.? Arizona ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in the steals department, and had five steals against Oregon State on Saturday.

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Rejectmuch:

Last season, Arizona tallied 51 blocked shots the entire season.? This year, it is a different story.? The Wildcats surpassed last yearˇ?s total in 15 games with 53 blocks, and own 82 blocks in 22 games.? Arizona currently ranks second in the Pac-10 in the blocks department behind Stanford, averaging 3.73 blocks a game.? A big reason for the complete 180 when it comes to blocks has to do with junior Beatrice Bofia and her 21 blocks shots so far this season.? Freshman Ify Ibekwe is second on the team with 20 blocked shots.? Sophomore Rheya Neabors owns 12 blocks and sophomore Marie McGee has 11 blocks to her credit.? Arizona has posted four blocks or more in 10 games so far this season, including seven of the last nine contests, including 19 blocked shots in the last four games.? In the last nine games, Arizona is averaging 5.1 blocks per contest.

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Paint Job:

So far, Arizona has been doing a solid job scoring in the paint.? Through 22 games, the Wildcats have posted 749 points in the paint, which accounts for 52.6 percent of the teamˇ?s point production (1,425), and average 34.0 points per game down low.? Arizona outscored Oregon 38-26 in the paint last Thursday, and outscored Oregon State 42-18 in the paint in its last game.

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Pac-10ˇ?s Best:

In Pac-10 play, a few Wildcats have been tearing it up.? Through 10 Pac-10 contests, senior Ashley Whisonant is averaging 17.9 points a game, second in the Pac-10, and a league best 37.9 minutes of action.? Junior Amina Njonkou is third in scoring and fifth in rebounding with 16.1 points and 7.9 rebounds a game in league play, and junior Beatrice Bofia is fourth with 1.3 blocks a game in Pac-10 play.

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AW Leads the Way:

Senior guard Ashley Whisonant has been counted on to lead at the point this season, and she has flourished in that position.? Whisonant has played at an All-Pac-10 level all season long.? The Bowie, Md., native is averaging a team-high 16.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game while snagging 1.8 steals a contest.? She is also averaging a team-high 37.1 minutes per contest.? Whisonant ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring average, third in assists per game, and first in minutes per game.?

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Game of a Lifetime:

Ashley Whisonant showed why she is one of the best players in the Pac-10 at Oregon State on Jan. 3.? Whisonant led a team of just six players with a career-high 34 points in 48 minutes of action.? Her 34 points is the fourth-best mark in school history, one point shy of the all-time school record (35 points).? She tied a school record with 15 field goal attempts, and set a new school record with 29 field goal attempts.?

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All-Time Scorer:?

Ashley Whisonant scored her 1,000th career point in the final game of the season last year, and look for her to continue to climb up the Arizona all-time point leader list this season.? So far this season, Whisonant has moved up nine spots on the all-time Arizona scorers list, and currently ranks fifth all-time with 1,361 career points in 115 games (11.8 career ppg average).? Her 20 points at Washington moved her past Timi Brown (1987-91, 1,315 points) for fifth-place all-time in school history.? She now needs 106 points to tie former teammate Shawntinice Polk (2003-05, 1,467 points) for fourth all-time.

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On Fire:

So far this season, Whisonant has posted double-figures in points in 19 of 22 games, including the last 10-straight as she has been on an absolute tear as of late.? In her last 10 games, Whisonant is averaging 18.9 points a game.? She posted 15 points, 13 in the second half to go with four rebounds, four assists and four steals at Washington State, and finished with a game-high 20 points on 10-of-19 shooting to go with seven assists and three steals at Washington.? Against Oregon, Whisonant posted 22 points, 20 of which came in the second half.? She then finished with 17 points and four assists against Oregon State on Saturday.

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Ms. 100:

Senior Ashley Whisonant has been a constant in the Arizona lineup ever since her freshman season, and she is on pace to be one of Arizonaˇ?s all-time leaders in games played.? She played in her 100th career game against NAU (Dec. 6), and is on pace to finish her career with 123 games played, a figure that will rank No. 3 all-time in school history.

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Looking For a Dime:

With each dime Ashley Whisonant dishes out, she is moving to the top of the line on Arizonaˇ?s all-time career assists list.? With 364 career assists, Whisonant is now the No. 9 assists disher in Arizona history.?

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With on more assist, Whisonant will collect 100 on the season, marking her third-straight season with 100 or more assists.

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Amina the Bull:

Junior forward Amina Njonkou is a force down low in the paint, and her strength allows her to bull over defenders.? The 6-foot-1 Cameroon native has posted double-figures in points in the last 16-straight games including six double-doubles over that span.? Over the last 16 contests, Njonkou is averaging 15.2 points and 8.0 rebounds a game.? In the last 13 games, Njonkou is posting 16.1 points and 8.4 rebounds a game.?

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Against ASU, Njonkou finished with a career-best 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and a 9-of-11 mark from the free throw line to go with five boards.? Against Stanford, she posted 13 points but finished with just two rebounds, and had 10 points and eight rebounds against Cal.

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Against Washington State, Njonkou finished with a career-high tying 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field (both career highs) to go with 10 rebounds.? She had 15 points and three rebounds against Washington, and 11 points and eight rebounds against Oregon last Thursday night.? Against Oregon State in her last game, Njonkou posted 16 points and nine rebounds.

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On the season, Njonkou is posting 13.7 points and 7.0 rebounds a game while shooting 50.2 percent (105-209) from the field, the fifth-best mark in the Pac-10.? In Pac-10 play, Njonkou is averaging 16.1 points and 7.9 rebounds a game, and is shooting a team-best 77 percent (57-74) from the free throw line.

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Double-Double Machine:

Before her 17 point and nine rebound performance against Oregon State (Jan. 3), Amina Njonkou had posted double-doubles four straight games, putting her in some very exclusive company in the Arizona history books.? Njonkou became the first player to record four-straight double-doubles since Shawntinice Polk posted five-straight double-doubles during the 2003-04 season (Feb. 7-19).? Njonkou has eight double-doubles so far on the season after finishing with 24 points and 10 boards at WSU, two behind Calˇ?s Ashley Walker for the Pac-10 lead.

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Big Lift:

Sophomore Rheya Neabors has been picking up her game as of late. The 6-foot-1 lefty forward has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, including a 16-point performance against Oregon State on Saturday.? Against the Beavers, Neabors made a career-high six field goals on 10 attempts to go with four assists in a career-best 39 minutes of action.? Over the last five games she is averaging 12.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 36.2 minutes a game.? On the season, Neabors is averaging 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds a game.

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Spark Plug:

When freshman Ify Ibekwe is on the floor, you will definitely take notice.? The 6-foot-1 forward seems to be everywhere on the court for the Wildcats, and always seems to be around to grab a rebound, block a shot or snatch a steal.? Since coming back from an eye injury, Ibekwe is averaging 7.6 points and 8.1 rebounds a game.? She has posted six or more rebounds in each of the last six games, including 11 against California, 10 against Washington and 13 against Oregon State.? She is also second on the team with 20 blocks so far this season.? Through 16 games, Ibekwe leads the team with a 7.9 rebounds per game average and posts 9.8 points a game.? Against Oregon, Ibekwe finished with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field to go with six rebounds and three blocks, and followed that performance up with 14 points and 13 rebounds against Oregon State for her fourth double-double of the season.

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Ms. Wildcat:

Freshman Tasha Dickey, simply put, was born to be a Wildcat.? The daughter of two former Arizona athletes, Dickey has shown her tremendous athletic ability on the court.? On the season, she is averaging 7.0 points and 2.1 rebounds a game in 24.8 minutes of action.? Dickey is also third on the squad with 27 steals, and has started in 16 games so far this season.? Against Oregon, Dickey finished with six points and three assists in a season-high 36 minutes of action, and had four points and four rebounds against Oregon State.? In Pac-10 play, Dickey posts 7.5 points a game.

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Cats Picked To Finish Eighth in the Pac-10:

The University of Arizona womenˇ?s basketball team was selected to finish eighth in the Pac-10 Conference in a preseason vote by the conferenceˇ?s head coaches.? The Wildcats garnered 31 points in the poll, as seven-time defending Pac-10 champion Stanford was chosen as the favorite to win this yearˇ?s Pac-10 title.

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The Cardinal received eight of 10 first-place votes and 79 points, as Arizona State received a first-place nod and tallied 71 points to place second. California was tabbed to finish third with a first-place vote and 68 points, followed by fourth-place USC with 56 points and fifth-place UCLA with 44 points. Washington grabbed 41 points to place sixth, followed by Oregon (34), as Arizona (31), Oregon State (16) and Washington State (10) rounded out the poll.

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Tough Schedule:

Year in and year out, Arizona never runs away from a challenge, but rather takes on the best teams in the nation head on during the nonconference schedule before playing in the always daunting Pac-10 Conference.

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The Wildcats will play 29 games during 2007-08, 13 games in McKale Center and 16 on the road, with 14 games scheduled against teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament last year.

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The UA will take on 10 teams that competed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, with non-conference matchups against Middle Tennessee State, Pittsburgh, Boise State, New Mexico, NC State, and UW-Green Bay, along with Pac-10 series against California, Stanford, Washington and Arizona State.

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Rank This:

Arizonaˇ?s tough schedule is apparent when you take a look at this yearˇ?s preseason rankings.? In the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN and AP Preseason poll, five of the top 25 teams in the nation will play the Wildcats during the regular season.? Arizona will face No. 9 Stanford, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 14 California, No. 21 Pittsburgh and No. 25 NC State.? Additionally, six other Arizona opponents (Middle Tennessee, USC, New Mexico, UCLA, Boise State and Wisconsin-Green Bay) each received votes in the poll.

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Up Next:

Arizona will ?remain on the road and travel to Stanford for a game against the Cardinal on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

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