March 11, 2011
TUCSON - The No. 4 seed Arizona Wildcats and the No. 1 seed and second-ranked Stanford Cardinal will play the first game of the semifinal round of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament on Fri., March 11. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. PT/1 p.m. MT at the Staples Center.
Friday's game will air live nationally on FSN. Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will be on hand for play-by-play and color commentary. All Wildcat games can be heard live in Tucson on KTUC AM 1400 and broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pre-game show. In their third season calling Arizona Wildcat women's basketball games are Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Alysiah Bond (color). For complete details and live stats from the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, visit pac-10.org.
The Arizona Wildcats and the Stanford Cardinal will meet for the 67th time on Friday. The Cardinal have won 19-straight games against the Cats, including an 87-54 victory earlier this season in Palo Alto and a 91-61 win in Tucson in February. Arizona last defeated Stanford on Feb. 5, 2004 in Tucson.
The Arizona Wildcats are 21-10 overall on the season. Arizona has three players averaging in double figures: senior forward Ify Ibekwe (16.1), sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.7) and senior forward Soana Lucet (12.0). Ibekwe leads Arizona and the Pac-10 at the glass with 10.2 rebounds per game and is the only Pac-10 player to average a double-double on the season.
Ibekwe also leads the conference in scoring (16.1) and defensive rebounds (7.5) while junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 5.0 assists per game to lead the Pac-10 and ranks No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.5). The Wildcats rank in the top three in the Pac-10 in the following statistical categories: scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, assists and turnover margin.
The Wildcats have won five-straight games, including four-straight Pac-10 road wins, and eight of their last nine contests. Under third-year head coach Niya Butts, the Wildcats have improved from 12 overall wins and four Pac-10 victories in 2008-09, to 14 overall wins and six Pac-10 wins in 2009-10, to sitting at 21-10 overall currently.
The Wildcats' 10-8 conference record is their best since the 2004-05 campaign and their 21 wins overall are the most since that same season. The 2010-11 season marks the highest finish in the Pac-10 for Arizona since tying for the Pac-10 regular-season crown in 2004.
The No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal are 27-2 on the season and have won 21-straight games. The Cardinal have four players averaging double-digit scoring. In the Pac-10 ranks. Stanford is No. 1 in 14 of the major statistical categories.
The winner of the UA/Stanford contest will move on to face the winner of the UCLA/California match-up on Sat., March 12, at 11:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. MT, at the Staples Center.