Jan. 31, 2012
Arizona and California will meet for the 55th time on Thursday and the Golden Bears hold a 29-25 record over the Wildcats. Last season, Cal won both match-ups between the two teams, 80-60 in Berkley and 73-63 in Tucson. In the head coach Niya Butts era, Arizona has lost all six contests.
Arizona is 13-8 overall and 2-7 in Pac-12 play on the season, including a 6-3 home record. The Wildcats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 18.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.8 steals per game. She is backed up by sophomore forward Erica Barnes' 12.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and 12.8 points from sophomore guard Candice Warthen. Senior guard Shanita Arnold hands out 5.0 assists per game. The Wildcats are shooting 39.9 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from three-point range and 70.7 percent from the free throw line.
California is 15-6 overall and 6-3 in Pac-12 play on the season, including a 4-4 road record. The Golden Bears are paced by junior guard Layshia Clarendon's 11.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. She is backed up by 10.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest from freshman forward Reshanda Gray. Cal is shooting 41.7 percent from the field, 28.3 percent from three-point range and 61.3 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in free throw percentage (.707), three-point field goal percentage (.351) and three-point field goals made (6.4). Individually, junior guard Davellyn Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (18.2), No. 8 in assists (3.6), No. 3 in free throw percentage (.798), No. 2 in steals (2.8) and No. 7 in three-point field goal percentage (.373). Sophomore forward Erica Barnes is No. 12 in scoring (12.3) and No. 4 in rebounds (9.0). Senior guard Shanita Arnold is No. 2 in assists (5.0) and No. 2 in assist/turnover ratio (1.6). Freshman center Aley Rohde is No. 6 in blocked shots (1.7).
Nationally, Arizona ranks No. 32 in three-point field goal percentage with .351 and No. 48 in three-point field goals per game with 6.4. Individually on the national scene, junior guard Davellyn Whyte ranks No. 37 in points with 18.2 and No. 46 in steals with 2.8. Senior guard Shanita Arnold is No. 45 in assists per game with 5.0.
Among the Pac-12 teams, California ranks in the top three in scoring offense (70.4), scoring margin (+11.8), rebounding offense (47.1), rebounding defense (32.0), rebounding margin (+15.1), offensive rebounds (18.6), defensive rebounds (28.5) and defensive rebound percentage (.743), offensive rebound percentage (.457).
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, visit the McKale Center Ticket Office or call 800-452-2287.