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Women's Basketball Takes on No. 1 Seed Stanford on Saturday
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/03/2007
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COMING UP: The University of Arizona women's basketball team (11-20, 4-14 Pac-10) takes on top-seeded and No. 7 ranked Stanford (25-4, 17-1 Pac-10) on Saturday, March 3 at 5 p.m. (PST) in HP Pavilion.  The winner of Saturday’s game will face either Washington or USC on Sunday, March 4 at 4:30 p.m. (PST) in the semi finals of the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament.

 

CATCH THE ACTION: As always, Arizona women's basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400, with Paul Johnson calling the action from courtside.

 

ABOUT THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: The Pac-10 Tournament has been a staple of the conference's postseason since the 2001-02 season.  The first tournament was played in Eugene, Ore., with the last four consecutive being played in San Jose, Calif., at the HP Pavilion.  All of the Pac-10's teams will be competing for the Pac-10 Tournament crown.  The winner of the Pac-10 Tournament earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships. 

 

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:

 

Fri., March 2

Game 1: No. 7 UCLA def. No. 10 Washington State

Game 2: No. 9 Arizona def. No. 8 Oregon State, 69-54

Sat., March 3

Game 3: No. 3 California vs. No. 6 Oregon 11 a.m. PT

Game 4: No. 2 Arizona State vs. No. 7 UCLA 1:15 p.m. PT

Game 5: No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 9 Arizona 5 p.m. PT

Game 6: No. 4 Washington vs. No. 5 USC 7:15 p.m. PT

Sun., March 4

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 2 p.m. PT

Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 4:30 p.m. PT

Mon., March 5

Game 9: Championship Game 7:30 p.m. PT

 

No. 9 SEED: For the second year in a row, Arizona enters the Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 9 seed.  Although Oregon State and Arizona finished tied for eighth place in the conference standings, the Beavers won the tie breaker over the Wildcats that pitted UA as the No. 9 seed.  Last season, the ninth-seeded Wildcats defeated No. 8 seed Oregon, 64-57, in first round action.  Arizona has played in the Pac-10 Tournament as a No. 6 seed, a No. 3 seed, a No. 2 seed, and a No. 4 seed.  All-time, Arizona is 6-5 in the Pac-10 Tournament, reaching the championship game twice (2003, 2004).

 

Arizona Results in the Pac-10 Tournament

 

2002 Pac-10 Tournament

(Eugene, Ore.)

March 2, 2002

#3 Arizona State 66, #6 Arizona 58

 

2003 Pac-10 Tournament2003 Pac-10 Tournament

Runners-up

(San Jose, Calif.)

March 8, 2003

#3 Arizona 70, #6 Oregon State 56

March 9 2003

#3 Arizona 74, #2 Washington 51

March 10, 2003

#1 Stanford 59, #3 Arizona 49

 

2004 Pac-10 Tournament

Runners-up

(San Jose, Calif.)

March 6, 2004

#2 Arizona 81, #7 Oregon State 58

March 7, 2004

#2 Arizona 77, #6 Washington 55

March 8, 2004

#1 Stanford 72, #2 Arizona 60

 

2005 Pac-10 Tournament

(San Jose, Calif.)

March 5, 2005

#4 USC 74, #5 Arizona 66

 

2006 Pac-10 Tournament

(San Jose, Calif.)

March 3, 2006

#9 Arizona 64, #8 Oregon 57

March 4, 2006

#1 Stanford 77, #9 Arizona 50

 

Arizona Honors in the Pac-10 Tournament

 

2003 Pac-10 All-Tournament Team

Krista Warren, Dee-Dee Wheeler, Shawntinice Polk

 

2004 Pac-10 All-Tournament Team

Aimee Grzyb, Shawntinice Polk

 

GOOD OMEN?: Arizona is one of only two Pac-10 teams to have advanced to the championship game in back-to-back years (Stanford being the other).  The Wildcats advanced to the championship game in both 2003 and 2004.  In both of those tournaments, Arizona had the same first round opponent - Oregon State.

 

ONCE AGAIN: Arizona and Stanford meet last year in the Pac-10 Tournament in the exact same scenario.  No. 1 seed Stanford beat No. 9 seed Arizona in the second round, 77-50.

 

ONE TIME: In three of the five Pac-10 Tournaments Arizona has participated in, the Stanford Cardinal has knocked the Wildcats out of contention.  Stanford beat Arizona twice in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game (2003, 2004), and last season in the second round, 77-50.  Saturday’s game will mark the fourth matchup in six tournament between the Wildcats and the Cardinal.

 

DOUBLE-UP: Arizona and Stanford will have the distinction today of pitting both its men’s and women’s basketball teams against each other on the same day.

 

GUARD PLAY: Look for Arizona's guard duo of senior Joy Hollingsworth and Ashley Whisonant to lead the Wildcats in the Pac-10 Tournament.  In last year's tournament, Whisonant averaged 17.0 points a game, and Hollingsworth added 15.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in Arizona's two games.  Whisonant posted 17 points against both Oregon and Stanford, as Hollingsworth poured in 22 points against Oregon in the opener.  Hollingsworth and Whisonant combined for 36 of Arizona 69 points (52 percent) last night against Oregon State.

 

RECORD BOOKS: In second round action in 2003, Arizona shot 53.6 percent (30-56) from the field against Washington en route to a 74-51 win over the Huskies.  That mark is a Pac-10 Tournament record for the highest field goal percentage in a tournament game.

 

OREGON STATE RECAP: No. 9 seed Arizona used a 12-0 scoring run in the second half to cruise to a 69-54 win over No. 8 seed Oregon State in the first round of the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament on Friday night in HP Pavilion before 3,503 fans.  Junior Ashley Whisonant scored a career-high 23 points to advance Arizona to a second round.

 

Arizona finished the game shooting 44.2 percent (23-52) from the field, and out-rebounded the Beavers 35-28.  OSU shot 38.1 percent (16-42) from the field and committed 29 turnovers.

 

Senior Joy Hollingsworth scored 13 points, and sophomore Malia O’Neal added 10 points.  Sophomore Amina Njonkou finished with nine points and nine rebounds.

 

Jasmine Smith led Oregon State with 17 points.

 

Arizona took an early 5-2 lead over the Beavers at the 14:56 mark, as an aggressive Wildcat defense forced eight OSU turnovers in the early minutes.  OSU tied the game at 14-14 on a trey by Ashley Allen, but O’Neal answered right back with a jumper just inside the arc to give Arizona a 16-14 advantage at the 8:24 mark. 

 

Oregon State took a 17-16 lead at the 7:10 mark on a pair of free throws by Casey Nash.  Arizona went up 27-25 on a layup by Whisonant with 1:59 left in the first, but the Wildcats and the Beavers went into halftime tied up at 29-29.

 

Arizona shot 37.9 percent (11-29) from the field in the first, led by Whisonant’s 11 points.  OSU shot 50.0 percent (8-16) in the first, but committed 15 turnovers in a first half that featured 10 ties and seven lead changes.

 

OSU took a 33-29 lead at the start of the second half, as Arizona opened the half with five-straight turnovers.  A lay in by Whisonant at the 12:19 mark gave the Wildcats a 40-39 advantage.  Oregon State held a 43-41 lead at the 10:34 mark, but Arizona went on a 12-0 run in the next 4:07 to take a commanding 53-43 lead.  The Wildcats led by as many as 18 points down the stretch as Oregon State finished the game shooting 2-of-12 from the field.

 

A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA: Arizona averages 63.4 points a game while shooting 39.9 percent (741-1858) from the field, 26.7 percent (352-490) from three-point range, and 67.6 percent (352-521) from the free throw line.  The Wildcats have also tallied 271 steals (8.70 spg), third-best in the Pac-10, off of 613 opponent turnovers.  Senior Joy Hollingsworth leads Arizona with 16.3 points a game (7th in the Pac-10) while posting 5.3 rebounds, and 2.13 steals per game (fourth in the Pac-10).

 

ABOUT THE CARDINAL: The Stanford University Cardinal enters today’s game with a 25-4 overall record, winning 19 of its last 20 games.  As a team, Stanford shoots 45.5 percent from the floor, 31.5 percent from the three point line, and 66.2 percent from the free throw line.  Three players average double-figures, led by junior Candice Wiggins with 16.3 ppg.  Head coach Tara VanDerveer is in her 21st season at the helm of the Stanford program.

 

THE STANFORD-ARIZONA SERIES: Thursday’s game will be the 57th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Cardinal on the hardwood, with Stanford owning a 44-12 series advantage.  Stanford has won eight-consecutive games in the series, including a 86-76 win over the Wildcats on Jan. 25 in Tucson.  The Wildcats last defeated the Cardinal, 88-83, on Feb. 5, 2004 in McKale Center.  Arizona is 0-3 against Stanford in the Pac-10 Tournament.

 

ARIZONA HEAD COACH JOAN BONVICINI: The winningest coach in Arizona 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.

 

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, Arizona has been nationally ranked multiple times, including a best ever ranking of No. 7 in 1998.

 

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 277-202 (.578) mark at Arizona and is 602-273 (.687) in 28 years as a head coach.  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 Oregon State in McKale Center.  She has a career record of 24-17 in NCAA Tournament play and has lost just two first-round games in 17 tourney appearances. 

 

WIN #600: Head coach Joan Bonvicini earned her 600th career victory on Thursday, Feb. 8, as the Wildcats defeated Oregon State, 65-61.  Bonvicini became the 18th women's basketball coach in NCAA Division I history to accomplish the 600-win plateau.

 

GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD: Arizona is 8-4 this season when leading at halftime.  However, Arizona is 2-15 when trailing at the half. 

 

RANKED FOES: Saturday’s game will be Arizona’s 11th matchup against a ranked opponent this season.  The Wildcats own a 0-10 record against ranked teams so far.

 

SATURDAY STRUGGLES: So far this season, Arizona is 1-10 on games played on Saturday.  The Wildcats' lone Saturday win was against Washington State (59-57) on Jan. 6 in McKale Center.

 

GOOD D: Arizona played very aggressive defense against Oregon State last night, which is a big reason for their win.  The Wildcats limited the Beavers to a opponent season-low 42 field goal attempts and 54 points, while forcing 29 turnovers and drawing 25 fouls.

 

CARDIAC CATS: So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.  Arizona is 7-4 in games decided by five points or less.  Five of Arizona's last seven games have been decided by five points or less, with the Wildcats owning a 3-2 record in those games. 

 

MAGIC NUMBER: On the season, Arizona 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 Nicholls State.  All-time, Arizona 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.  Arizona is 4-11 this season when posting 60-69 points in a game, finishing with 69 points against Oregon State on Friday.

 

RUN IT, RUN IT:  So far this season, Arizona has shown the ability to put together some large scoring runs.  Here is a breakdown of some of the Wildcats' major scoring-streaks:

 

25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs. Nicholls State

21 points: 30-9 run over the final 6:53 of the first half at UTEP

18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs. Long Beach State

16 points: 16-0 run over 3:13 in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech

16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at Maryland

15 points: 15-0 run over 4:40 in the first half vs. GW

14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs. Long Beach State

12 points: 12-0 run over 4:07 in the second half vs. Oregon State

12 points: 14-2 run over 7:39 in the first half vs. Oregon

12 points: 16-4 run over 5:16 in the second half vs. Stanford

12 points: 17-5 run over 3:30 in the second half vs. UCLA

12 points: 12-0 run over 5:55 in first half vs. NC State

12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs. Nicholls State

11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs. Washington State

10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs. New Mexico

10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs. Washington

10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW

10 points: 10-0 run over 3:54 in the first half vs. USC

 

THE BIG, BAD RUN: Although Arizona can score points in bunches, the Wildcats have a tendency to give up large scoring runs to the opposition.  Here is a look at some of the scoring runs Arizona has given up to opponents:

 

26 points: 31-5 scoring run to Maryland over 9:59 to start the first half

23 points: 33-10 run to Washington over 10:12 in the second half

21 points: 26-5 run to Texas A&M in the final 7:31 of the first half

20 points: 26-6 run at Arizona State over 9:26 to start the first half

19 points: 27-8 run at USC over 10:17 to start the second half

19 points: 27-8 run to Stanford over 7:41 in the first half

16 points: 16-0 run to California over 7:45 in the first half

16 points: 21-5 run to UTEP in the final 3:37 of the game

14 points: 17-3 run at Oregon over 4:28 in the first half

13 points: 13-0 run to Fresno State in the final 4:33 of the game

13 points: 16-3 run to Louisiana Tech over 5:29 in the first half

12 points: 14-2 run to USC over 7:14 in the first half

12 points: 13-1 run at Oregon over 5:54 in the second half.

12 points: 16-4 run to New Mexico over 5:21 to start the first half

12 points: 15-3 run to Washington State over 4

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