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20070221 Women's Basketball Hosts Archrival No. 8 ASU on Saturday
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Release: 02/21/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">COMING UP: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> women's basketball team (10-19, 4-13 Pac-10) hosts its regular season finale against archrival No. 8 Arizona State (25-3, 15-2 Pac-10) on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in McKale Center.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><?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"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CATCH THE ACTION:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> As always, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> women'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"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Live statistics and live video feeds are available at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> athletics department official website: arizonaathletics.com.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">SENIOR SALUTE: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"> will honor seniors Joy Hollingsworth and Linda Pace after Saturday&rsquo;s game as the two play their final home game at <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> in an <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> jersey.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">RED-OUT:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"> Saturday&rsquo;s game will be a &ldquo;Rivalry Red-Out&rdquo; game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> fans are encouraged to wear red for the game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">USC RECAP: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">USC used a hot-shooting second half to pull away from <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> for a 66-42 win over the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Galen</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The loss drops <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> to 10-19 overall and 4-13 in the Pac-10, while USC improves to 16-10 and 10-6 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"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Women of Troy shot 55.6 percent (15-27) from the field in the second half, making up for a 24.1 percent (7-29) shooting mark in the first half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> was held to 30.0 percent (18-60) shooting from the field in the game, finishing with a season-low 42 points, as USC outscored the Wildcats 42-23 in the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC also out-rebounded <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> 47 to 31.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Individually for <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>, junior Ashley Whisonant posted 10 points and five steals, and senior Linda Pace finished with nine points and a career-high six rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth added nine points, and junior Suzy Bofia posted eight points and four rebounds.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Senior Shay Murphy led USC with 16 points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, as two free throws by Murphy gave USC a 10-7 lead at the 10:35 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Trojans used a 10-2 run to go up 16-9 at the 5:42 mark, but <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> cut the deficit to 16-13 on a three by Hollingsworth with 4:05 left in the first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> cut the USC lead to 20-19 on a lay in by Rhaya Neabors at the 1:35 mark, but USC scored four-straight to end the half to lead 24-19 at the break.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> shot 30.8 percent (8-26) from the field in 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"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">At the start of the second half, Murphy scored five straight points to give USC a 29-19 lead at the 19:22 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That ignited a 27-8 scoring run over 11 minutes to give the Trojans a commanding 52-27 lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC held <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> to a 29.4 percent (10-34) mark in the second half.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A QUICK LOOK AT <st1:State w:st="on">ARIZONA</st1:State>:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> averages 63.5 points a game while shooting 39.6 percent (696-1756) from the field, 26.7 percent (127-475) from three-point range, and 68.0 percent (323-475) from the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have also tallied 255 steals (8.79 spg), third-best in the Pac-10, off of 562 opponent turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth leads <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> with 16.1 points a game (7th in the Pac-10) while posting 5.3 rebounds, and 2.14 steals per game (fourth 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"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The Arizona State University Sun Devils enter Saturday&rsquo;s game with a 25-3 overall record and a 15-2 mark in the Pac-10 standings, with a No. 8 ranking in the Coaches&rsquo; poll and a No. 10 ranking in the AP poll.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Sun Devils have won six straight games and own a 9-1 record on the road so far this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, ASU shoots 48.3 percent (783-1621) from the field, 35.3 percent (89-252) from three point range, and 73.7 percent (467-634) from the free throw line, while averaging 75.8 points a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> ranks No. 1 in eight different Pac-10 team categories.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Individually for the Sun Devils, senior Emily Westerberg leads the team with 13.7 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Charli Turner Thorne is in her 11<SUP>th</SUP> season at the helm of the Sun Devil program.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">THE ARIZONA STATE-ARIZONA SERIES: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Friday&rsquo;s game will be the 72<SUP>nd</SUP> meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Sun Devils on the hardwood, with ASU owning a 41-30 series advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Sun Devils beat <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> 74-58, on Dec. 22 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tempe</st1:City></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>ASU swept the two-game series last season, beating <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> 83-59 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Dec. 22, 2005, and 81-45 on Feb. 25 in Wells Fargo Arena.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona is 19-15 (.559) against ASU under head coach Joan Bonvicini, but is 4-10 against the Sun Devils since the 2001 season, losing five of the last six in the series.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Interestingly enough, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s last four wins against the Sun Devils have all been in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ARIZONA</SPAN></B></st1:State><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> HEAD COACH JOAN BONVICINI:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The winningest coach in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> women's basketball history, Joan Bonvicini has taken the Wildcat program from obscurity into the national limelight. In her 16 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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 276-201 (.579) mark at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> and is 601-272 (.688) in 28 years as a head coach.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>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 <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">WIN #600:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Head coach Joan Bonvicini earned her 600th career victory on Thursday, Feb. 8, as the Wildcats defeated Oregon State, 65-61.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Bonvicini became the 18th women's basketball coach in NCAA Division I 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; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">RANKED FOES:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Saturday&rsquo;s game will be <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s 10<SUP>th</SUP> matchup against a ranked opponent this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats own a 0-9 record against ranked teams so far.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">REPEAT?:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> History tends to repeat itself, and with that said, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> has history on its side heading into Saturday&rsquo;s game against the Sun Devils.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The last time <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> hosted <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> in a regular season finale in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> was Feb. 23, 2002, a 72-66 win for the Wildcats.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">LOVE THOSE THURSDAYS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Although Arizona started the season 0-5 when playing games on Thursday, the Wildcats finished the regular season winning three-straight games in Pac-10 weekly openers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona knocked off Washington State on the road on Feb. 1, beat Oregon State on Feb. 8 in McKale Center, and topped UCLA, 66-63, Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona had not started a Pac-10 week with three-straight Thursday wins since February of 2005.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">SATURDAY STRUGGLES:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> So far this season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 1-9 on games played on Saturday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats' lone Saturday win was against <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> (59-57) on Jan. 6 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> is 8-4 this season when leading at halftime.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 2-14 when trailing at the half.<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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CARDIAC CATS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 7-3 in games decided by five points or less.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona held on to top UCLA by three points, 66-63 last Thursday, as four of the Wildcats' last six games have been decided by four points or less, with Arizona owning 3-1 record in those ball games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">MAGIC NUMBER:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> On the season, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 5-3 when scoring 70 points or more in a game, including a season-high 83 points scored in its season-opening win against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All-time, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 176-21 (.893) when scoring 80 points or more, as the Wildcats are 129-14 (.902) under head coach Joan Bonvicini when reaching the 80 point plateau.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 3-11 this season when posting 60-69 points in a game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">RUN IT, RUN IT:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far this season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Long Beach</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Maryland</st1:place></st1:State><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Long Beach</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 14-2 run over 7:39 in the first half vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">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; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">THE BIG, BAD RUN: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Although <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 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 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has given up to opponents:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">26 points: 31-5 scoring run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Maryland</st1:place></st1:State> 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">23 points: 33-10 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> over 10:12 in the second half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">20 points: 26-6 run at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> over 9:26 to start the first half<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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">19 points: 27-8 run at USC over 10:17 to start the second half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 16-0 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> 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; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">14 points: 17-3 run at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">13 points: 13-0 run to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Fresno</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> 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; 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; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 13-1 run at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State></st1:place> 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 16-4 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State> 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 15-3 run to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 11-0 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> 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; 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; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 15-4 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State> 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 14-4 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> in the opening 4:50<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 10-0 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Utah</st1:place></st1:State> 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">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"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">WATCH YOUR POCKETS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The Wildcats have excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has tallied 255 steals (8.79 spg) on the year, which is third best in the Pac-10. UA has also forced 562 opponent turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have recorded double-figures in steals in 13 games this season, including 11 against USC last Saturday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Before the USC game the Wildcats failed to post double-figures in steals in the last three-straight games, and six of the last seven.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth leads <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> with a mark of 2.14 spg, the fourth-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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">OFFENSIVE BOARDS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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 382 offensive rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has posted double-figures in offensive rebounds in 22 of 29 games this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has posted double-figures in offensive rebounds in 11 of the last 14 games, and 14 of the last 18 games, finishing with 14 pull downs against USC.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is out-rebounding opponents on the offensive glass 382-347 this season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">BALL CONTROL:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> On the offensive side of things, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has the ability to take care of the ball. So far this season, the Wildcats own a +1.6 turnover margin, as <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> averages 17.8 turnovers a game compared to a 19.4 mark for opponents.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 7-9 this season when committing fewer turnovers than the opposition in a game, and has won the turnover battle in three of the last four games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">POST UP: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">'s post play on the offensive end has stepped it up lately, as the Wildcats have scored 120 of its 228 (52.6 percent) in the last four games inside the paint.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the six games before <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s current four-game stretch, the Wildcats only managed to score 150 of its 400 points (37.5 percent) inside the paint.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">BENCH HELP:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Powered by the play of Whisonant, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> has tallied 104 bench points in the last four games, an average of 26 bench points per game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The bench has accounted for 45.6 percent of the scoring output for the Wildcats the last four games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In the four games before the Wildcats&rsquo; current streak, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> posted just 77 points, or 29.7 percent of the team&rsquo;s offensive production.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">LEADING LATE:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The Wildcats are 8-1 this season when leading with one minute left in the game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">GIVE HER THE ROCK: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Senior Joy Hollingsworth has powered the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> offense the entire season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far, the <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Seattle</st1:place></st1:City> native is averaging a team-best 16.1 points a game (7th in the Pac-10), as she has scored 20 points or more on 11 different occasions.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She is also averaging 5.3 rebounds and 2.14 steals a game (fourth in the Pac-10), and has posted double-figure point totals in 23 out of 29 games this season.<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; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">LOOK FOR A BREAK OUT:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Look for a big game from Hollingsworth on Saturday, not only because it is senior day, but because she has the knack for putting up big performances after being held in single digits in scoring in the previous game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against USC, Hollingsworth posted nine points on 4-of-16 shooting from the field, including a 1-of-7 mark from three point land, marking only the sixth game this season she has been held under double-digits in scoring.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the five previous games being held under double-figures in scoring, Hollingsworth is averaging 18.2 points in the game after.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">PUT INTO CONTEXT: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Joy Hollingsworth has played at <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> for two seasons after starting her career at <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">San Francisco</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Heading into Saturday&rsquo;s game, Hollingsworth has scored 1,487 career points in 114 games for an average of 13.0 points a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Had Hollingsworth played her entire career at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>, she would rank No. 4 on the all-time scoring list just ahead of Shawtinice Polk.<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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ON POINT:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Junior Ashley Whisonant has provided the Wildcats with a much needed spark off the bench. In the last five games coming off the bench, Whisonant is averaging 14.2 points and 3.5 assists a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She posted 15 points and five assists against the Bruins last Thursday, and was the only Wildcat to score in double digits with 10 points against USC last Saturday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the year, Whisonant is averaging 11.3 points and 3.59 assists a game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">PICKING UP THE PACE:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Senior guard Linda Pace's stats might not jump out from the box score, but her play has been pivotal for the Wildcats' success as of late.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 3-3 with Pace in the starting lineup, as she has helped solidify the Wildcats' post play the last six games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against the Ducks on Feb. 10, Pace posted a season-high nine points to go with four rebounds and three steals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against the Trojans last Saturday, Pace finished with nine points and a career-high six rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In her last six games as a starter, Pace is averaging 4.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 steals a game in 23.8 minutes of action.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">BRING IT:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Like every season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 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><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 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 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Maryland</st1:place></st1:State> and NCAA Tournament teams George Washington and TCU in the first week of the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> also hosts NC State, Louisiana Tech and <st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State>, and travels to Texas A&amp;M and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Utah</st1:State></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After the brutal non-conference slate, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> must throw blows with its Pac-10 Conference foes, including <st1:City w:st="on">Arizona State</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State>, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Stanford</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State></st1:place>, 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">RANK THIS: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">'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 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 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; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This week, five of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>'s 2006-07 opponents are ranked in the top-25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far this season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN THE PAC-10: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> 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; 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> received the remaining first-place nod and tallied 70 points to place second. USC was tabbed to finish third with 63 points, followed by <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State> and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> with 53 points for a tie for the fourth-place slot. UCLA grabbed 46 points to place sixth, followed by <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> (32), as <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> (22), <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> (16) and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> (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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> 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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">UP NEXT: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> will play in the Pac-10 Tournament on Friday, March 2 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">San Jose</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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