Feb. 2, 2011
TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats and the California Golden Bears will continue the Pac-10 slate of women's basketball games with a contest at 7 p.m. MT on Thurs., Feb. 3, at McKale Center.
The Arizona Wildcats and the California Golden Bears will meet for the 54th time on Saturday. Arizona leads the series with Cal, 29-24. The Golden Bears have won 10-straight match ups with the Wildcats, including a win earlier this season at Cal. Arizona's last win against Cal, 80-76, came on Jan. 22, 2006, at Haas Pavilion.
The Arizona Wildcats are 13-7 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging double-digit points in sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.2), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (14.1) and senior forward Soana Lucet (11.4). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 9.4 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 5.4 assists per game.
Ibekwe leads the Pac-10 in rebounds (179, 9.4) and defensive rebounds (118, 6.2). Arnold ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10 in assists (108, 5.4) and No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.6). Erica Barnes is No. 4 in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (59-105-.562). Arizona ranks in the top three in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, field goal percentage, assists and turnover margin.
The California Golden Bears are 13-7 overall and 5-4 in Pac-10 play. DeNesha Stallworth paces the Bears with 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Talia Caldwell leads at the boards with 8.4 rebounds per game. Layshia Clarendon and Caldwell chip in with 13.4 and 10.4 points per game, respectively.
In the Pac-10 ranks, Eliza Pierre leads with 3.0 steals per game and Caldwell leads with 4.4 offensive rebounds per game. As a team, Cal ranks in the top three in the Pac-10 in scoring margin, three-point field goal defense, rebounding offense, rebounding defense, rebounding margin, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, defensive rebound percentage and offensive rebounds percentage.
All Wildcat games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400. All broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pre-game show. Entering their third season calling Arizona Wildcat women's basketball games will be Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Alysiah Bond (color). For Pac-10 home contests, games are carried in Spanish on Tucson's KTKT-AM 990. Francisco Romero calls the action. Live video and stats are also available at ArizonaWildcats.com.