COMING UP: The Arizona women’s basketball team (12-5, 4-3) plays a 7 p.m. game against Oregon (12-4, 5-2) this Thursday, Jan. 20. Live video, audio and stats of this and every home game are available at www.arizonaathletics.com. The game will also be broadcast live on KJLL 1330 AM in Tucson. The 13th-ranked Arizona gymnastics team will perform at halftime.
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A QUICK LOOK AT THE WILDCATS: Arizona got its first win over a ranked team this season and Head Coach Joan Bonvicini earned her 250th win at Arizona, as the Wildcats defeated No. 19 UCLA 84-73 in front of 2,893 fans at Pauley Pavilion Sunday afternoon. Arizona shot a blazing 54 percent from the field, 47 percent from three-point range and 66 percent from the free throw line on the game. The Bruins connected on 39 percent from the field, 30 percent from downtown and 58 percent from the line. The Wildcats also out-rebounded UCLA 42 to 38. Senior Dee-Dee Wheeler finished with 19 points, a career-high 11 assists and seven rebounds. Freshman Ashley Whisonant had a career-high 17 points, while junior Shawntinice Polk notched her 42nd career double-double and fifth this season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Katrina Lindner rounded out the group of double-digit scorers with a career-high-tying 11 points.
On the season, the Wildcats are led by Wheeler, who averages 18.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game. Polk adds 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. As a team, Arizona is out-shooting its opponents 45 percent to 38 percent and out-rebounding them 38.4 to 37.1.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: Oregon won its third straight game last Saturday, beating Washington State 69-50 before 3,702 fans at McArthur Court. Senior forward Cathrine Kraayeveld had game-highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds - her second-straight double-double and fifth of the year - as Oregon triumphed over Washington State for the eighth time in a row. Oregon was out-rebounded 20 to 16 at halftime, but came back to grab 10 more than the Cougars in the second half. Andrea Bills led Oregon’s inside charge with 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. It was Oregon’s first game without starting guard Chelsea Wagner, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee last Thursday against Washington. Kaela Chapdelaine started in her place and Corrie Mizusawa (seven points, seven assists) also returned at the point after missing the Washington game with flu-like symptoms.
On the season, Oregon is led by Kraayeveld, who averages 15.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. Bills adds 11.9 points and 6.6 boards, while Mizusawa averages 6.7 assists per game. As a team, Oregon is shooting 44 percent from the field, compared to the 38 percent of its opponents. The Ducks are outscoring opponents 69.4 to 59.5 and out-rebounding them 36.7 to 35.4.
SERIES SHORTS: Arizona trails the all-time series with Oregon 16-22. The last time the two teams met, on Feb. 21, 2004, Arizona won 84-58 in Tucson. The Wildcats are 9-10 at home, 7-11 away and 0-1 at a neutral site vs. the Ducks.
RANKING IN THE PAC-10: As a team, Arizona ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring (71.4), field goal percentage (.450), field goal percentage defense (.375), third in assists (15.4), defensive rebounds (24.4) and blocked shots (3.8), fourth in rebounding margin (1.4), rebounding (38.4) and assist/turnover ratio (0.9), and fifth in scoring margin (7.6) and rebounding defense (37.1).
Individually, Dee-Dee Wheeler ranks second in scoring and assist/turnover ratio, third in assists and steals, fifth in three-point field goals made, seventh in minutes played, 10th in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage, and 17th in rebounding. Shawntinice Polk leads the league in blocked shots, ranks second in field goal percentage, third in rebounding and defensive rebounds, and seventh in scoring. Jessica Arnold ranks seventh in three-point field goal percentage, while Natalie Jones is 18th in rebounding.
RANKING NATIONALLY: As a team, Arizona ranks 30th nationally in field goal percentage, 34th in scoring, 56th in assists and 59th in won-lost percentage.
Individually, senior Dee-Dee Wheeler ranks 34th in points per game and 37th in steals per game. Junior Shawntinice Polk ranks 11th in field goal percentage and 47th in blocked shots per game.
BONVICINI WINS 250TH GAME AT ARIZONA: Joan Bonvicini notched her 250th win as the head coach at Arizona when the Wildcats defeated then-No. 19 UCLA on the road last Sunday. In 14 years at the helm, she boasts a 250-153 (.620) record and is the winningest coach in Arizona women’s basketball history.
POLK REACHES MAJOR MILESTONE, NEARS ANOTHER: Junior All-America candidate Shawntinice Polk grabbed her 800th career rebound last Sunday at UCLA and moved closer to her 200th career block. The center needs just nine more to reach 200 on her career. Polk is already Arizona’s all-time blocks leader and ranks second in rebounding, 120 behind Adia Barnes’ 921 career rebounds.
WILDCATS BOAST PAC’S ACTIVE SCORING LEADERS: Arizona boasts the Pac-10’s top two active career scoring leaders in All-America candidates Dee-Dee Wheeler and Shawntinice Polk. The point guard Wheeler currently has 1,717 career points, while Polk has scored 1,292 points in her three seasons at Arizona.
POLK NEARS TOP 5 IN SCORING: Junior center Shawntinice Polk currently has 1,292 points on her career. She needs just seven more to move into fifth place all-time at Arizona, and is 23 points away from fourth place.
TALE OF THREES: Arizona is 8-2 (.800) this season when making four or more three-pointers. The team’s two losses both came on nights when it made seven baskets from downtown: at Georgia on Nov. 17 and vs. Stanford on Jan. 9. On the contrary, the Wildcats are 4-3 (.571) when they make three or less treys.
WHEELER BECOMES ARIZONA’S STEAL LEADER: Senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler tied the school record for career steals at the 10:41 mark in the first half of the game at Southern California last Friday and took sole possession of the record with 11:08 left in the game. She now has 264 steals on her career.
80 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: In the program’s 33-year history, the Wildcats are almost guaranteed a win when they reach 80 points. Arizona is 170-20 (89 percent) all-time when reaching the 80-point plateau. With Joan Bonvicini at the helm, the Wildcats are 122-13 (90 percent) when scoring 80 points or more. This year alone, Arizona is 6-0 in games where it has reached 80 points in the scoring column.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE: During her career, junior Shawntinice Polk has recorded 42 double-doubles (21 as a freshman, 16 as a sophomore and five as a junior). The longest streak came at the start of her career, when she opened the 2002-03 season with eight consecutive double-doubles. During her three seasons, the Wildcats are 32-10 when Polk notches a double-double.
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END: Point guard Dee-Dee Wheeler’s streak of 48 consecutive games with 10 or more points came to an end last Friday at USC as the senior finished with just five points. The last time she failed to reach double-digit scoring was March 23, 2003, when she had seven points in a loss to Notre Dame. Wheeler has scored 10 or more points in 96 of her 109 career games.
CATS’ NATION-LEADING HOME WIN STREAK ENDS: Arizona’s 34-game winning streak, the longest in the nation, came to an end Jan. 9 when the Wildcats fell 78-66 to Stanford. It was Arizona’s first home loss since Nov. 22, 2002, when it dropped the 2002-03 season opener in overtime to Louisiana State, 78-71.
WHEELER STARTS 100TH GAME: When she took the court against Arizona State on Jan. 3, senior Dee-Dee Wheeler was making the 100th start of her career. In doing so, she became just the sixth Wildcat ever to start 100 or more games.
CURRENT CATS ON UA CAREER LISTS: Senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is first in steals (264), second in scoring (1,717), field goals made (670), field goals attempted (1,456) and minutes played average (32.2), fourth in scoring average (15.8), three-point field goals made (163), three-point field goals attempted (453) and three-point field goal percentage (.360), fifth in total minutes played (3,511), tied for fifth in games started (104) and eighth in assists (413).
Junior Shawntinice Polk is first in double-doubles (42), blocks (191), rebounding average (10.1) and field goal percentage (.594), second in total rebounds (801), third in scoring average (16.4), fifth in field goals made (536), sixth in scoring (1,292) and free throws attempted (395), and seventh in minutes played average (28.8).
WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks 50th nationally in attendance with an average attendance of 2,098. Connecticut is the leader with a 13,571 average, while Pac-10 opponents Oregon, Stanford, Washington and Arizona State rank 25th, 29th 33rd and 34th, respectively, at 3,701, 3,424, 3,072 and 2,943.
WILDCATS ON THE RADIO: All of Arizona’s games this season are broadcast on Tucson’s Jolt, KJLL 1330 AM, the radio home of Arizona women’s basketball. With Paul Johnson in his 10th year as the Wildcats’ play-by-play announcer, the Jolt will broadcast every game, home and away.
WILDCATS ON TELEVISION: The Wildcats have two more games this season that will be broadcast on FSN:
Saturday, Jan. 29 - 4 p.m. vs. Maryland
Saturday, Feb. 19 - 2 p.m. at Oregon
In addition, the Wildcats’ home games against Southern California (Feb. 12) and Washington (Feb. 26) are "wild card" games that could get picked up in the Pac-10 television package with FSN.
JOAN BONVICINI COACH’S SHOW: The Joan Bonvicini Coach’s Show began a new season last Monday. Hosted by Wildcat radio announcer Paul Johnson, the show is broadcast live from 6-7 p.m. on KJLL 1330 AM and is held at the Varsity Clubs of America, located at Speedway and Alvernon. The show features Bonvicini with several special guests, ranging from players to staff members. Fans are invited to join the audience of the show at the Varsity Clubs each week during Pac-10 play.
UP NEXT: Arizona hosts Oregon State for a 2 p.m. game this Saturday, Jan. 22, at McKale. It is "Pack the House" day, so tickets are $3 apiece.