Jan. 6, 2012
Arizona and USC will meet for the 69th time on Saturday and USC holds a 48-20 advantage over UA. The Wildcats won two of the three meetings between the two teams last year, once in Tucson (2/26/11, 74-64) and once in L.A. for the Pac-10 Tournament (3/10/11, 72-61). Since the 2006-07 season, the Trojans hold a 7-4 advantage.
Arizona is 12-2 overall and 1-1 in Pac-12 play to open the season, including a 6-0 record at home. The Wildcats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 19.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. She is backed up by sophomore forward Erica Barnes' 12.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Shanita Arnold hands out 5.4 assists per game to go with her 9.0 points. UA is shooting 42.0 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 70.1 percent from the free throw line.
USC is 7-6 overall and 2-1 in Pac-12 play to open the season, including a 3-4 road record. The Trojans are paced by senior guard Ashley Corral's 12.8 points and 3.7 rebounds. She is backed up by two more players scoring in double digits: sophomore forward Cassie Harberts (11.8) and senior guard Briana Gilbreath (11.6). Junior forward Christina Marinacci leads at the glass with 6.7 rebounds per contest. The Women of Troy are shooting 38.4 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 67.3 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in three-point field goal percentage (.389) and three-point field goals made (6.8). Individually, Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (19.2), No. 9 in assists (3.6), No. 3 in free throw percentage (.780), No. 3 in steals (2.4) and No. 6 in three-point field goal percentage (.419). Barnes is No. 4 in rebounds (9.1), Arnold is No. 1 in assists (5.4) and freshman center Aley Rohde is No. 5 in blocked shots (1.9).
Among the nation's best, Arizona ranks No. 6 in three-point field goal percentage with .389 and No. 42 in three-point field goals per game with 6.8. Individually on the national scene, Whyte ranks No. 27 in points with 19.2, No. 22 in three-point field goal percentage with .419 and No. 36 in three-point field goals per game (2.6). Arnold is No. 28 in assists per game with 5.4.
Last time out, behind Whyte's double-double, the Wildcats picked up a win over the UCLA Bruins, 74-66, for the first time since the 2006-07 season and for the first time in Tucson since the 2004-05 season. Arizona last defeated UCLA, 66-63, on Feb. 15, 2007 in Los Angeles. The Wildcats last defeated the Bruins in Tucson on Feb. 10, 2005 (76-73). The Cats held the Bruins to just six points in the final 10 minutes of the game. Whyte led all scorers with 23 points on 6-of-14 from the field, 2-of-7 from behind the arc and 9-of-12 from the charity stripe. She collected her second double-double of the season with 10 rebounds. She also had two assists and two steals in 40 minutes of play.
Arizona women's basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400 in Tucson. All broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pregame show. Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Molly O'Mara (color) will call the action this season. Visit ArizonaWildcats.com for all of your live stats and video needs.
For tickets to the women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.