Jan. 20, 2012
Arizona and Colorado will meet for the 10th time on Sunday and the first time as members of the new Pac-12 Conference. The Buffs hold a 6-3 advantage over the Wildcats with the last meeting between the two teams coming on Nov. 24, 1991. Arizona last won against Colorado on Dec. 11, 1988 (75-69) in Tucson.
Arizona is 13-5 overall and 2-4 in Pac-12 play on the season, including a 6-2 home record. The Cats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 19.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She is backed up by sophomore guard Candice Warthen's 14.9 points each contest and sophomore forward Erica Barnes' 12.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Senior guard Shanita Arnold hands out 5.3 assists per game top go with her 9.8 points. The Wildcats are shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 37.6 percent from three-point range and 71.4 percent from the free throw line.
Colorado is 13-4 overall and 2-4 in Pac-12 play on the season, including a 4-2 road record. The Buffs are paced by junior guard Chucky Jeffery's 15.8 points, 4.2 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game. She is backed up by 10.0 points per game from freshman guard Lexy Kresl. CU is shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 32.3 percent from three-point range and 65.6 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in free throw percentage (.714), three-point field goal percentage (.376) and three-point field goals made (7.0). Individually, Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (19.7), No. 8 in assists (3.6), No. 3 in free throw percentage (.809), No. 2 in steals (2.6) and No. 3 in three-point field goal percentage (.395). Barnes is No. 10 in scoring (12.7) and No. 4 in rebounds (9.1). Arnold is No. 2 in assists (5.3) and No. 2 in assist/turnover ratio (2.0). Freshman center Aley Rohde is No. 5 in blocked shots (1.8).
Among the Pac-12 teams, Utah ranks in the top three in scoring defense (56.7), field goal percentage (.427), rebounding margin (+8.4), defensive rebound percentage (.724) and offensive rebound percentage (.373). Individually, Jeffery ranks No. 4 in scoring (15.8), No. 8 in rebounds (7.8), No. 4 in assists (4.2), No. 5 in free throw percentage (.772), No. 4 in steals (2.2) and No. 3 in defensive rebounds (6.3).
Nationally, Arizona ranks No. 11 in three-point field goal percentage with .376 and No. 22 in three-point field goals per game with 7.0. Individually on the national scene, Whyte ranks No. 19 in points with 19.7, No. 36 in three-point field goal percentage with .395 and No. 32 in three-point field goals per game (2.6). Arnold is No. 35 in assists per game with 5.3.
Last time out, Whyte's 32 points weren't enough Thursday night as the Wildcats fell to Utah, 65-60, in overtime. Whyte led all scorers with her 32 points on 10-of-22 from the field and 4-of-10 from behind the arc. She collected her fourth career game with 30 or more points. Her stat line also included five rebounds, one assist and five steals in 44 minutes of play. Arnold had 15 points on 7-of-16 from the field. She also had five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 44 minutes of play. Rohde paced Arizona at the glass with 12 boards.
Sunday's game will air live on FSN. Steve Physioc will call the play-by-play and Ann Meyers-Drysdale will provide the color commentary. 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 Sunday's FSN national TV game vs. Colorado, the Wildcats are hosting a White Out. The McKale faithful can wear their own white shirts or they can purchase an official aNIYAlator fan club t-shirt. Shirts are $10 (cash or check) while supplies last.
For tickets, visit the McKale Center Ticket Office or call 800-452-2287.