Feb. 24, 2012
Arizona and UCLA will meet for the 68th time on Thursday and UCLA holds a 47-20 advantage over UA. The Bruins have won 10 of the last 12 match-ups. The Wildcats won the match-up between the two teams, 74-66, earlier this season in Tucson.
Arizona is 14-14 overall and 3-13 in Pac-12 play on the season. The Wildcats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 17.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She is backed up by sophomore forward Erica Barnes' 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and 11.3 points from sophomore guard Candice Warthen. Senior guard Shanita Arnold hands out 4.8 assists per game. The Wildcats are shooting 39.3 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 71.6 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in free throw percentage (.716), three-point field goal percentage (.357) and three-point field goals per game (6.5). Individually, Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (17.1), No. 9 in assists (3.4), No. 5 in free throw percentage (.780), No. 2 in steals (2.6) and No. 2 in three pointers per game (2.3). Barnes is No. 17 in scoring (11.7) and No. 8 in rebounds (7.7). Arnold is No. 2 in assists (4.8) and No. 2 in assist/turnover ratio (1.7). Freshman center Aley Rohde is No. 7 in blocked shots (1.4).
Nationally, Arizona ranks No. 20 in three-point field goal percentage (.357) and No. 46 in three-point field goals per game (6.5). Individually on the national scene, Whyte ranks No. 54 in points with 17.1.
UCLA is 13-13 overall and 8-7 in Pac-12 play on the season, including an 8-4 home record. The Bruins have three players averaging in double digits with 15.7 from senior guard Rebekah Gardner, 14.0 from junior forward Markel Walker and 12.2 from sophomore guard Thea Lemberger. UCLA is shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 28.7 percent from three-point range and 67.4 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, UCLA ranks among the top three in three-point field goal percentage (.278). Individually, Lemberger ranks No. 15 in scoring (12.2) and Gardner is No. 18 in rebounds (6.6), No. 7 in free throw percentage (.722) and No. 8 in steals (2.8).
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.