COMING UP: The University of Arizona women’s basketball team (7-12, 1-6 Pac-10) opens a season long four-game home stand against USC (10-7, 4-3 Pac-10) on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center. The Wildcats look to snap a two-game skid and halt the Women of Troy four-game winning streak.
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OREGON STATE RECAP: Arizona’s second half rally fell short, as the Wildcats could not overcome a slow first half, dropping a 69-62 decision at Oregon State on Saturday night in Gill Coliseum.
Both teams got out to slow starts, as a layup by Hollingsworth tied the game at 4-4 at the 14:02 mark. The Wildcats started the game out shooting 2-of-13 from the field with five turnovers. The Beavers then used an 11-2 scoring run in the next 2:59 to take a 15-6 lead at the 11:03 mark.
OSU extended its lead to 23-14 on a trey by Nash with 4:28 left to play in the first. Nash hit a jumper in the paint with eight seconds on the clock to put OSU up 31-21, but
The Wildcats trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, but used three-straight baskets cut the lead to 59-54 with 5:10 left. Nash then converted on a three-point play to give OSU a 62-54 advantage. A three by Neabors at the 1:10 mark cut the Beaver lead to 64-59 with 1:10 left to play. After two free throws by OSU’s Judie Lomax,
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THE USC-ARIZONA SERIES: Thursday’s game will be the 58th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Women of Troy on the hardwood, with USC owning a 41-16 all-time series advantage. USC has won the last three straight in the series, and five of the last six. Last season, USC escaped with a 73-72 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 273-194 (.585) mark at
WIN #600: As mentioned above, head coach Joan Bonvicini stands just two wins shy of 600 in her career. If the Cats beat USC and UCLA at home this week, 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 open 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
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: 13-1 run at
12 points: 16-4 run to
12 points: 15-3 run to
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 258 offensive rebounds, leading to 238 second-chance points.
NO HARM, NO FOUL:
Interestingly enough, in the three games before Saturday’s matchup at
A TALE OF TWO HALVES: In the last three games,
CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR: In
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 four games. In her last four games, Hollingsworth is averaging 22. 0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.3 steals a game.
ON POINT: Junior Ashley Whisonant was a general on the floor for the Wildcats on Saturday against
MS. CONSISTENCY: Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has become one of
STEPPING UP: Junior Jessica Arnold has been on target from the field as of late, as she is averaging 16.5 points a game in her last two outings. Against
CAREER NIGHT: Freshman Rhaya Neabors had her best game to date at
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