Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Women Close out Home Schedule Saturday
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 17, 2006
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COMING UP: Arizona (7-19, 3-13) closes out its home schedule with a 2 p.m. game against No. 11 Stanford this Saturday, Feb. 18. As is custom at the last home game each season, Arizona’s three seniors - Phakisha Peterson, Anna Chappell and Natalie Jones - will be honored after the game. In addition, the jersey of Shawntinice Polk will be retired.

Video, audio and live stats of the game are available at Live audio of the game is also available on KJLL 1330 AM in Tucson.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE WILDCATS: The Wildcats suffered their seventh straight loss, falling 73-56 to California at McKale Center Thursday night. Arizona shot 32 percent from the field, 28 percent from three-point range and 64 percent from the free throw line on the game. Cal shot 51 percent from the field, 33 percent from downtown and 68 percent from the charity stripe on the game. The Golden Bears also out-rebounded the Wildcats 40 to 35. Arizona had 19 turnovers on the game, compared to the 22 of Cal. Junior Joy Hollingsworth and sophomore Ashley Whisonant led Arizona with 13 points apiece. Senior Natalie Jones and sophomore Jessica Arnold added 12 points each. Jones also pulled down a team-best six boards and nabbed three steals.

Jones leads Arizona this season with 14.6 points per game. Hollingsworth adds 14.4 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game, while Whisonant averages 13.9 points. As a team, the Wildcats are shooting 40 percent from the field, compared to the 48 percent of their opponents. They are also being out-rebounded 34.3 to 39.6.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: Stanford suffered just its third Pac-10 loss of the season Thursday night, falling 62-59 at Arizona State. The Cardinal shot 38 percent from the field, 30 percent from downtown and just 53 percent from the free throw line on the game, while ASU connected on 36 percent from the field, 29 percent from beyond the arc and 94 percent from the charity stripe. The Sun Devils also out-rebounded Stanford 41 to 39. Both teams committed 16 turnovers. Candice Wiggins paced the Cardinal with 28 points, while Kristen Newlin and Brooke Smith added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

On the season, the Cardinal is led by Wiggins, who averages 21.3 points per game. Smith adds 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds. As a team, Stanford is shooting 47 percent from the field on the season, compared to the 38 percent of its opponents. The Cardinal is also out-rebounding its opponents 40.7 to 37.0.

SERIES SHORTS: Arizona trails the all-time series with Stanford 12-40. The last time the two teams met, on Jan. 19, Arizona fell 82-51 in Palo Alto. The Wildcats are 8-16 at home, 3-22 away and 1-2 at a neutral site vs. the Cardinal.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore Ch?© Oh suffered a concussion at Washington State on Jan. 28 and is out indefinitely. Junior Linda Pace suffered a left knee injury against Washington State on Dec. 29 and is out for the rest of the season.

RANKING IN THE PAC-10: As a team, Arizona ranks in the bottom half of the conference in every statistical category but free throw percentage (third), turnover margin (fourth), offensive rebounds (fourth), steals (fifth) and three-point field goal average (fifth).

Individually, several Wildcats rank in the Top 10 in various categories. Senior Natalie Jones is second in free throw percentage (.831), fourth in steals (2.2), fifth in minutes per game (35.0) and 10th scoring (14.6). Junior Joy Hollingsworth is fourth in three-point field goal average (2.2) and seventh in minutes per game (33.5). Sophomore Ashley Whisonant is fifth in assists (3.7) and 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.0). Sophomore Ch?© Oh is sixth (2.6) and freshman Whitney Fields is 10th (2.5) in offensive rebounds.

SHOOTING SORROWS LEAD TO LOSSES: In 18 of their 19 losses this season, the Wildcats have had a worse shooting percentage than their opponents. In fact, three of the four times Arizona has produced a better field goal percentage than its opponent (Furman, Lehigh, Chicago State), the team has also won the game. The only time the Wildcats shot better than their opponent and lost was at Washington.

JONES JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB: Senior Natalie Jones became just the 14th Arizona player ever to reach 1,000 points on her career on a free throw at the 2:02 mark of the second half at Washington State on Jan. 28. The guard now has 1,097 points on her career.

HALFTIME SCORE INDICATIVE OF FINAL RESULT: In Arizona’s 26 games this season, the halftime score has been indicative of the final result 22 times. The Wildcats are 2-17 when trailing at the intermission and 5-2 when leading. The only two games Arizona won after trailing at halftime were at home against Oregon and at California. Conversely, the two games the Wildcats lost after leading at halftime were against Central Connecticut State and Utah.

HOLLINGSWORTH IN SEASON THREE-POINT RECORDS: In her first season as a Wildcat, junior Joy Hollingsworth has already made her mark. The guard currently ranks seventh in the Arizona single season record books for both three-point field goals made (58) and attempted (168).

WILDCAT TRIFECTA: Senior Natalie Jones, junior Joy Hollingsworth and sophomore Ashley Whisonant lead the Wildcats this season. The trio account for 63 percent of the team’s points. Whisonant has reached double-digit scoring in 23 of the 26 games, while Jones and Hollingsworth have 10 or more points in 22 games each.

JONES STARTS 91ST STRAIGHT GAME: Senior Natalie Jones started her 91st consecutive game against California Thursday night. On her career, the guard has started 95 total games.

LACK OF SIZE EXPOSED: With the death of 6-5 Shawntinice Polk and the medical redshirt of 6-2 Shannon Hobson, Arizona is left without much size inside. As a result, the Wildcats have been out-rebounded in 20 of their 26 games this season. In those 20 games, the Wildcats have managed just 32.2 rebounds to their opponents’ 41.6 (-9.4).

CURRENT CATS ON UA CAREER LISTS: Senior Natalie Jones is second all-time at Arizona in free throw percentage (.775), third in games played (122), fifth in three-point field goals attempted (372) and free throws made (292), sixth in three-point field goals made (111), minutes played (3,457) and personal fouls (309), seventh in games started (95) and free throws attempted (377), ninth in minutes per game (28.3), 10th in steals (185), 11th in rebounds (529) and 12th in scoring (1,097). Sophomore Jessica Arnold ranks ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.340).

PAC-10 ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS: Arizona boasts several of the Pac-10’s active career statistical leaders. Senior Natalie Jones ranks second in assists (295), fourth in steals (185), sixth in three-point field goals made (111), sixth in scoring (1,097) and seventh in rebounds (529). Junior Joy Hollingsworth ranks fifth in three-point field goals made (126), seventh in steals (120), eighth in scoring (964), ninth in rebounds (457) and 11th in assists (153).

STACKED PAC: As a conference, the Pac-10 finished last season ranked as the third toughest conference in the nation after sending five teams to the NCAA Tournament. Finishing ahead of the Pac-10 were the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: The Wildcats have a challenging schedule that includes 12 games against eight teams (Arizona State, Maryland, Oregon, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, USC, Utah and Wisconsin-Green Bay) that made it to the NCAA Tournament last year. Of those teams, six advanced to the second round, while Arizona State made it to the Sweet 16 and Stanford to the Elite Eight.

WILDCATS ON THE RADIO: All of Arizona’s games this season are broadcast on Tucson’s Jolt, KJLL 1330 AM. Paul Johnson is in his 11th year as the Wildcats’ play-by-play announcer.

UP NEXT: Arizona closes out the regular season with a 4 p.m. game at Arizona State next Saturday, Feb. 25, at Wells Fargo Arena.

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