COMING UP: The
CATCH THE ACTION: Saturday’s game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net with Mary Murphy and Tracy Warren calling the action from courtside.
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GOVERNOR NAPOLITANO TO BE GUEST COACH: Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano will serve as a guest coach for the
This is the fourth time Napolitano has served as a guest coach for the
USC RECAP: USC overcame an 11-point second half deficit using a 15-4 scoring run in the final 4:23 to pull away for a 77-68 win over
USC senior guard Shay Murphy posted a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds, 25 points coming in the second half, as she shot 6-of-17 from the field, but 14-of-15 from the free throw line in the second half alone. Murphy scored 13 of USC’s final 15 points in the game. Senior guard Jamie Hagiya added 14 points and four assists.
After trailing 7-5 at the 16:55 mark in the first half, the Wildcats put together a 10-0 scoring run over the next 3:54 to take a 15-7 lead on a three-point play by freshman Rhaya Neabors.
USC responded with a 14-2 run to take a 21-17 lead at the 6:15 mark.
The Wildcats led USC 64-62 with 4:53 left in the game before Murphy went on a tear scoring 13 of USC’s final 15 points in the game, sparking a 15-4 Trojan run to end the game.
UA shot 42.9 percent (12-28) from the field in the second half, as USC shot 46.9 percent (15-32).
A QUICK LOOK AT
ABOUT THE BRUINS: The UCLA Bruins enter Saturday’s game with a 9-11 overall record, a 3-5 mark in the Pac-10, while losing its last two contests. UCLA lost at
THE UCLA-ARIZONA SERIES: Saturday’s game will be the 57th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Bruins on the hardwood, with UCLA owning a 38-18 all-time series advantage. UCLA swept the two-game series last year, including a 90-64 win in
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,
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 273-195 (.583) mark at
WIN #600: As mentioned above, head coach Joan Bonvicini stands just two wins shy of 600 in her career. With two more wins, she will become the 18th coach in NCAA history to accomplish the 600 win plateau.
DO WE PLAY HERE?: Arizona will finally enjoy the comforts of playing at home in McKale Center, as the Wildcats opened a season long four-game home stand on Thursday against USC.
According to collegerpi.com,
HOME AGAINST THE PAC:
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
CARDIAC CATS: So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.
MAGIC NUMBER: So far this season,
RUN IT, RUN IT: So far this season,
25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs.
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.
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
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.
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.
11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs.
10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs.
10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs.
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
26 points: 31-5 scoring run to
21 points: 26-5 run to Texas A&M in the final 7:31 of the first half
20 points: 26-6 run at
16 points: 16-0 run to
16 points: 21-5 run to UTEP in the final 3:37 of the game
14 points: 17-3 run at
13 points: 13-0 run to
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
12 points: 16-4 run to
12 points: 15-3 run to
11 points: 16-5 run to USC over 4:04 in the second half
11 points: 15-4 run to USC in the final 4:23 of the game
11 points: 15-4 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to
WATCH YOUR POCKETS: The Wildcats have excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this season.
OFFENSIVE BOARDS: So far this season, the Wildcats have done a solid job on the offensive glass. On the year, the Wildcats have grabbed 270 offensive rebounds, leading to 246 second-chance points.
LOOKING FOR DIMES: The Wildcats have been moving the ball around on offense the last two games, and it shows in the stat column.
PAC-10 PRODUCTIVITY: Through eight Pac-10 games,
GETTING TO THE LINE: The Wildcats have been very successful at getting to the free throw line in the last five games, making 106 attempts (21.2 FTA per game average) in that span compared to a mark of 87 attempts by the opposition.
CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR: In
Against USC on Thursday, the Wildcats owned a 42-31 lead in the second half with 16:26 left in the game, only to give up a 16-5 run and a 15-4 run to the Women of Troy for the USC win.
GIVE HER THE ROCK: Joy Hollingsworth has been on a tear offensively as of late, posting 17 or more points in each of her last five games. In her last five outings, Hollingsworth is averaging 21. 6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.4 steals a game.
ON POINT: Junior Ashley Whisonant serves as the Wildcats’ floor general, and she has picked up her game running the
On the season, Whisonant is averaging 11.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game, including marks of 10.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in Pac-10 play.
MS. CONSISTENCY: Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has become one of
Against USC on Thursday, Njonkou posted her third double-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high four assists. So far this season, she has recorded five rebounds or more in 18 of her 20 games. In Pac-10 play, Njonkou is averaging 10.1 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.
STEPPING UP: Junior Jessica Arnold has been on target from the field as of late, as she is averaging 14.7 points a game in her last three outings. Against
In Pac-10 play,
BRING IT: Like every season,
This week, seven of
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN PAC-10: The
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as