Jan. 27, 2012
Arizona and Washington State will meet for the 53rd time on Saturday and the Wildcats hold a 31-21 record over the Cougars. Last season, Arizona won both match-ups between the two teams, 64-58 in Tucson and 78-61 in Pullman. In the head coach Niya Butts era, Arizona has won six of eight contests.
Arizona is 13-7 overall and 2-6 in Pac-12 play on the season, including a 6-3 road record. The Cats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 18.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She is backed up by sophomore forward Erica Barnes' 12.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Senior guard Shanita Arnold hands out 5.0 assists per game to go with her 9.6 points. UA is shooting 39.7 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from three-point range and 71.0 percent from the free throw line.
Washington State is 9-1 overall and 3-5 in Pac-12 play on the season, including a 3-5 home record. The Cougars are paced by sophomore guard Ireti Amojo's 9.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. She is backed up by senior guard Jazmine Perkins' 8.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. All 14 members of the roster have played this season with 11 earning at least one start. WSU is shooting 38.5 percent from the field, 28.9 percent from three-point range and 63.7 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in free throw percentage (.710), three-point field goal percentage (.356) and three-point field goals made (6.6). Individually, Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (18.6), No. 8 in assists (3.5), No. 4 in free throw percentage (.795), No. 2 in steals (2.6) and No. 2 in three-point field goals made (2.5). Barnes is No. 13 in scoring (12.3) and No. 4 in rebounding (9.0). Arnold is No. 2 in assists (5.0) and No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.7). Freshman center Aley Rohde is No. 5 in blocked shots (1.7).
Among the Pac-12 teams, Washington State ranks in the top three in turnover margin (+3.8). Individually, senior Jazmine Perkins ranks No. 11 in rebounds (7.4), No. 1 in steals (2.7) and No. 8 in defensive rebounds (5.3).
Arizona women's basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400 in Tucson. All broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pregame show. Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Molly O'Mara (color) will call the action this season. Visit ArizonaWildcats.com for all of your live stats and video needs.