COMING UP: The University of Arizona women's basketball team (10-18, 4-12 Pac-10) looks for its first Pac-10 sweep of the season when the Wildcats face USC (15-10, 9-6 Pac-10) on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. (PST) in the Galen Center.
CATCH THE ACTION: Saturday’s game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net with Bill Macdonald and Tracy Warren calling the action from courtside.
UCLA RECAP: Sophomore Malia O’Neal posted career highs of 12 points and 11 assists, and came up with a crucial steal at the end of the game to give
O’Neal’s double-double led the way for
Senior Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 17, five rebounds and five assists.
Hollingsworth hit a trey and a jumper to give
UCLA cut the
With 8.8 seconds, Whisonant missed the first free throw on a one-and-one, UCLA rebounded and pushed the ball up court, but O’Neal came up with a steal, and hit a free throw with 0.8 seconds left to ice the win for
A QUICK LOOK AT
ABOUT THE WOMEN OF
THE USC-ARIZONA SERIES: Saturday’s game will be the 59th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Women of Troy on the hardwood, with USC owning a 42-16 all-time series advantage. USC has won the last four straight in the series, and six of the last seven, including a 77-68 win over
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 276-200 (.580) mark at
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.
LOVE THOSE THURSDAYS: Although Arizona started the season 0-5 when playing games on Thursday, the Wildcats have won three-straight games.
SATURDAY STRUGGLES: So far this season,
ROAD SWEEPS: The Wildcats have a chance to win back-to-back Pac-10 games for the first time this season with a victory over USC on Saturday. Arizona has not swept a Pac-10 series on the road since beating Washington and Washington State in December of 2004.
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
PAY BACK: In the first meeting between
CARDIAC CATS: So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.
MAGIC NUMBER: On the 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: 14-2 run over 7:39 in the first half vs.
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.
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
23 points: 33-10 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
19 points: 27-8 run to Stanford over 7:41 in the first half
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: 11-0 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: 14-4 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to UCLA over the final 2:34 of the first half
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 368 offensive rebounds.
A RARITY: Thursday night was the first game this season
ON TARGET: The Wildcats finished Thursday’s game with a 50 percent (26-52) shooting percentage from the field, a season high.
LEADING LATE: The Wildcats are 8-1 this season when leading with one minute left in the game.
GIVE ME MO: Sophomore guard Malia O’Neal had a breakout performance against UCLA on Thursday night. The
GIVE HER THE ROCK: Senior Joy Hollingsworth was powered the
ON POINT: Junior Ashley Whisonant has provided the Wildcats with a much needed spark off the bench. In the last four games coming off the bench, Whisonant is averaging 15.3 points and 3.75 assists a game. She posted 15 points and five assists against the Bruins. On the year, Whisonant is averaging 11.3 points and 3.64 assists a game.
BENCH HELP: Powered by the play of Whisonant,
PICKING UP THE PACE: Senior guard Linda Pace's stats might not jump out from the box score, but her play has been pivotal for the Wildcats' success as of late.
MS. CONSISTENCY: Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has become one of
In the first game against USC, 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 24 of her 28 games.
BRING IT: Like every season,
This week, six of
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN THE PAC-10: The
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as