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20070116 Women's Basketball Opens Four-Game Home Stand Thursday vs. USC
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Release: 01/16/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">COMING UP: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">The University of Arizona women&rsquo;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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats look to snap a two-game skid and halt the Women of Troy four-game winning streak.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CATCH THE ACTION:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> As always, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> women's basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400, with Paul Johnson calling the action from courtside.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Live statistics and live video feeds are available at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> athletics department official website: arizonaathletics.com.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">OREGON STATE RECAP: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona&rsquo;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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> shot 40.6 percent (26-64) from the field in the game, as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> shot 49.0 percent (24-49).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> out-rebounded <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> 36-32, but the Wildcats had a season-high 21 assists and a season-low 12 turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> made four free throws on a season-low five attempts.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Individually for <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>, senior Joy Hollingsworth led the way with 17 points, six rebounds, and five assists.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Jessica Arnold added 16 points, and freshman Rhaya Neabors posted career-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Ashley Whisonant added six points and a career-high 11 assists.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">For <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Casey Nash posted a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Mercedes Fox-Griffin tallied a double-double with 13 points and 15 assists.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Both teams got out to slow starts, as a layup by Hollingsworth tied the game at 4-4 at the 14:02 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats started the game out shooting 2-of-13 from the field with five turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">OSU extended its lead to 23-14 on a trey by Nash with 4:28 left to play in the first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Nash hit a jumper in the paint with eight seconds on the clock to put OSU up 31-21, but <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Arnold</st1:City></st1:place> hit a three as time expired to cut the deficit to 31-24 at the half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> shot 33.3 percent (10-30) from the field in the first, with a 1-of-8 mark from behind the arc.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>OSU shot 37.0 (10-27) from the field before halftime, as Nash posted 13 points and nine rebounds.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> started the second half off hot, using a quick 6-0 run on 3-of-4 shooting from the field to cut the Beaver lead to 31-30 at the 17:33 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>OSU responded with a 6-0 run of its own in the next 1:24 to go up 37-30.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona cut the Beaver lead to 39-35 on a jumper by Hollingsworth at the 14:54 mark, but OSU score six-straight points to take a 45-35 lead with 13:34 left to play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Nash then converted on a three-point play to give OSU a 62-54 advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A three by Neabors at the 1:10 mark cut the Beaver lead to 64-59 with 1:10 left to play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After two free throws by OSU&rsquo;s Judie Lomax, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Arnold</st1:City></st1:place> hit a three to cut the 66-62 with 1:01 left.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> would not get any closer, as the Beavers sealed the win with free throws down the stretch.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> shot 47.1 percent (16-34) from the field in the second half, but could not match OSU&rsquo;s mark of 63.6 percent (14-22).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A QUICK LOOK AT <st1:State w:st="on">ARIZONA</st1:State>: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> averages 63.9 points a game while shooting 40.1 percent (465-1159) from the field, 26.2 percent (77-294) from three-point range, and 66.3 percent (207-312) from the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have also tallied 180 steals (9.5 spg), third-best in the Pac-10, off of 381 opponent turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth leads <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> with 16.0 points a game (6<SUP>th</SUP> in the Pac-10) while posting 6.0 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game (2<SUP>nd</SUP> in the Pac-10).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ABOUT THE WOMEN OF <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">TROY</st1:City></st1:place>: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">The University of Southern California Women of Troy enter Thursday&rsquo;s matchup with a 10-7 overall record, a 4-3 Pac-10 mark, and riding a season-best four-game winning streak.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC dropped its first three Pac-10 games by an average of 13.6 points, but has won its last four straight in conference play by an average of 6.3 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC defeated UCLA in Pauley Pavilion, 75-72, on Saturday to improve its road record to 3-4 overall, and 2-1 in the Pac-10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, USC shoots 39.9 percent (410-1028) from the field, 29.2 percent (92-315) from three point range, and 74.7 percent (219-293) from the free throw line while averaging 66.5 points a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Individually, senior guard Shay Murphy is leading the team with 18.6 points and 8.6 rebounds a game, marks that rank second and third in the Pac-10 respectively.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior center Chloe Kerr adds 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.82 blocks per game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Mark Trakh is in his third season at the helm of the USC program.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">THE USC-ARIZONA SERIES: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Thursday&rsquo;s game will be the 58<SUP>th</SUP> meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Women of Troy on the hardwood, with USC owning a 41-16 all-time series advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC has won the last three straight in the series, and five of the last six.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Last season, USC escaped with a 73-72 win over <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> on Feb. 2, 2006 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Since 1996, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> leads the series by a mark of 14-9.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ARIZONA</SPAN></B></st1:State><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> HEAD COACH JOAN BONVICINI: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The winningest coach in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> women's basketball history, Joan Bonvicini has taken the Wildcat program from obscurity into the national limelight. In her 15 seasons at the helm, Bonvicini has guided the Wildcats to nine postseason appearances, including seven NCAA Tournament berths and a WNIT Championship.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">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, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has been nationally ranked multiple times, including a best ever ranking of No. 7 in 1998. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">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 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> and is 598-265 (.693) in 27 years as a head coach, needing just three wins to become the 18th coach in NCAA history to reach 600 career wins.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She has a career record of 24-17 in NCAA Tournament play and has lost just two first-round games in 17 tourney appearances.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">WIN #600:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> As mentioned above, head coach Joan Bonvicini stands just two wins shy of 600 in her career.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>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.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">DO WE PLAY HERE?: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> has played 11 of its first 19 games away from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, including five of its last seven Pac-10 games on the road.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">TOUGH BEATS: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> has lost 12 games on the season, but its beats have come against some of the top teams in the nation.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Entering Saturday's game against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Washington</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>'s 12 losses have been against teams with a combined record of 148-55 (.729), with seven of those losses being to ranked teams.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">According to collegerpi.com, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s schedule is ranked as the ninth-toughest in the nation.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">HOME AGAINST THE PAC: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> has been very successful at home in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, especially during Pac-10 Conference play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Since the 1995-96 season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 75-26 (.743) against Pac-10 teams at home, including a 65-20 mark (.765) since the 1997-98 season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats once owned a 20-game winning streak against the Pac-10 at home, which included two undefeated (9-0) seasons in 2003 and 2004.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats went 2-7 at home against Pac-10 teams last season, and are 1-1 at home so far this season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> is 6-3 this season when leading at halftime. However, the Wildcats are 1-2 in the last three games when leading at the half. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CARDIAC CATS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 4-1 in games decided by five points or less.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have notched two overtime wins decided by three points or less, a road win by four points, and a thrilling 59-57 win over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">MAGIC NUMBER: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">So far this season, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 4-1 when scoring 70 points or more in a game, including a season-high 83 points scored in its season-opening win against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All-time, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 176-21 (.893) when scoring 80 points or more, as the Wildcats are 129-14 (.902) under head coach Joan Bonvicini when reaching the 80 point plateau.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 1-8 this season when posting 60-69 points in a game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">RUN IT, RUN IT:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far this season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has shown the ability to put together some large scoring runs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Here is a breakdown of some of the Wildcats' major scoring-streaks:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">21 points: 30-9 run over the final 6:53 of the first half at UTEP<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Long Beach</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 16-0 run over 3:13 in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Maryland</st1:place></st1:State><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">15 points: 15-0 run over 4:40 in the first half vs. GW<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Long Beach</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 12-0 run over 5:55 in first half vs. NC State<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">THE BIG, BAD RUN:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Although <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> can score points in bunches, the Wildcats have a tendency to give up large scoring runs to the opposition.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Here is a look at some of the scoring runs <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has given up to opponents:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">26 points: 31-5 scoring run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Maryland</st1:place></st1:State> over 9:59 to start the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">21 points: 26-5 run to Texas A&amp;M in the final 7:31 of the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">20 points: 26-6 run at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> over 9:26 to start the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 16-0 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> over 7:45 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16 points: 21-5 run to UTEP in the final 3:37 of the game<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">14 points: 17-3 run at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> over 4:28 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">13 points: 13-0 run to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Fresno</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> in the final 4:33 of the game<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">13 points: 16-3 run to Louisiana Tech over 5:29 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 13-1 run at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State></st1:place> over 5:54 in the second half.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 16-4 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State> over 5:21 to start the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 15-3 run to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> over 4:51 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 15-4 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State> over 4:51 midway through the second half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 10-0 run to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Utah</st1:place></st1:State> over 3:16 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">WATCH YOUR POCKETS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The Wildcats have excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has tallied 180 steals (9.5 spg) on the year, which is third best in the Pac-10. UA has forced 381 opponent turnovers, converting 323 points (17.9 ppg) off of turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have recorded double-figures in steals in 10 games this season, including 11 steals against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> last Thursday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth leads <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> with a mark of 2.4 spg, the second-best mark in the Pac-10.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">OFFENSIVE BOARDS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">So far this season, the Wildcats have done a solid job on the offensive glass.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the year, the Wildcats have grabbed 258 offensive rebounds, leading to 238 second-chance points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is averaging 13.6 offensive rebounds and 12.5 second-chance points a game, and has posted double-figures in offensive rebounds in 15 of 19 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> has posted double-figures in offensive rebounds the last four consecutive games, and seven of the last eight games, including 12 against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Saturday.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">BIG POINTS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> went the first 12 games of the season without giving up 80 points to an opponent.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the last seven games, the Wildcats have given up 80 or more points four times, including 86 points to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> last Thursday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> is 0-4 when giving up 80 points or more, and 0-6 when allowing 70 points or more in a game to the opposition.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">NO HARM, NO FOUL:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> experienced something odd on Saturday against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>: the Wildcats did not get to the free throw line much.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Despite being aggressive and charging the basket offensively, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> got to the line a season-low five times, making a season-low four attempts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In fact, junior Jessica Arnold took and made all of the Wildcats&rsquo; free throw shots.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Interestingly enough, in the three games before Saturday&rsquo;s matchup at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Oregon State</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> excelled at getting to the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats toed the line 80 times during that three-game span, converting 54 free throws for a 67.5 average.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the other side of the court, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>'s opponents got to the line just 40 times, making 27 of their attempts (72.5 percent).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In those three games, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> drew 72 personal fouls while committing 53.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A TALE OF TWO HALVES:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> In the last three games, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> played its games following a similar pattern: one solid half of shooting from the field, one half of shooting 33.3 percent from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> on Jan. 6, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> shot 33.3 percent (8-24) from the field in the first half, but rallied to shoot 46.2 percent (12-26) in the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> last Thursday, the Wildcats opened the game hot, shooting 59.3 (16-27) from the field in the first half, but slumped to a 33.3 percent (10-30) mark in the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the last game against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, the Wildcats opened the game slow, shooting 33.3 percent (10-30) from the field in the first half, but rebounded to shoot 47.1 percent (16-34) in the second half.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s last three losses, the Wildcats have played tough in the second half only to see the game go into the hands of the opposition.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State></st1:place> on Jan. 4, the Wildcats used a 13-3 run to cut the Husky lead to 60-54 with 8:12 left in the game, only to be outscored 23-12 the rest of the way.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> on Jan. 11, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> cut the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> lead to 58-53 14:24 left to play, but gave up a 13-1 run to the Ducks over the next 5:54 that put the game out of reach.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>At <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> on Saturday, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> trimmed the OSU lead to 39-35 at the 14:54 mark in the second half, but gave up six-straight points to give the Beavers a 45-35 lead, enough of a cushion to last down the stretch for the OSU win.<B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">BALL WORK: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"> had probably its best game of handling the ball on Saturday at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats scored its 26 field goals off of a season-high 21 assists against the Beavers while committing a season-low 12 turnovers.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">GIVE HER THE ROCK:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Joy Hollingsworth has been on a tear offensively as of late, posting 17 or more points in each of her last four games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In her last four games, Hollingsworth is averaging 22. 0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.3 steals a game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Seattle</st1:place></st1:City> native is averaging a team-best 16.0 points a game (6th in the Pac-10), as she has scored 22 points or more on six different occasions.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She is also averaging 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals a game (second in the Pac-10), and has posted double-figure point totals in 16 out of 19 games this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Hollingsworth is shooting 39.6 percent from the field (110-278), and averages 14 shots from the field a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ON POINT: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Junior Ashley Whisonant was a general on the floor for the Wildcats on Saturday against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> as she dished out a career-high tying 11 assists against the Beavers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She last recorded 11 assists as a sophomore against Furman on Nov. 22, 2005.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the season, Whisonant is averaging 11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game, including marks of 10.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in Pac-10 play.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">MS. CONSISTENCY: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has become one of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>'s most consistent players.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-1 forward is averaging 9.4 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She leads the team with 60 offensive rebounds (second in the Pac-10), and is shooting 47.2 percent (68-144) from the field. Against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Fresno</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Njonkou finished with 15 points and a career-best 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Njonkou recorded the first double-double of her career with a career-high 17 points and 11 rebounds against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nicholls</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far this season, she has recorded five rebounds or more in 17 of her 19 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In Pac-10 play, Njonkou is averaging 9.3 points and 7.0 rebounds a game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">STEPPING UP: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> last Thursday, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arnold</st1:place></st1:City> poured in 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while taking just one shot from three point range.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arnold</st1:place></st1:City> drove to the basket more than usual on the Ducks, getting to the line a season-high seven times to hit a season-best five free throws, to go with two rebounds, three assists and a season-high two steals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> on Saturday, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arnold</st1:place></st1:City> scored 16 points, shooting 4-of-9 from three-point range, and converting on 4-of-5 free throw attempts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In Pac-10 play, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arnold</st1:place></st1:City> is averaging 10.3 points a game, and is shooting 36.1 percent (13-36) from three point range.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CAREER NIGHT:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Freshman Rhaya Neabors had her best game to date at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, scoring a career-high 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field, to go with a career-high tying seven rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She also hit her first three-point attempt in 15 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the season, Neabors is 4.3 points and 2.9 rebounds a game in 23.9 minutes of action.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">BRING IT:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Like every season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> competes against some of the toughest competition in the nation.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This year will be no different.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will face a strong non-conference slate to go along with the always-difficult Pac-10 Conference season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will play 20 games this season against 12 teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will face defending national champion <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Maryland</st1:place></st1:State> and NCAA Tournament teams George Washington and TCU in the first week of the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> also hosts NC State, Louisiana Tech and <st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State>, and travels to Texas A&amp;M and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Utah</st1:State></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After the brutal non-conference slate, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> must throw blows with its Pac-10 Conference foes, including <st1:City w:st="on">Arizona State</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State>, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Stanford</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State></st1:place>, USC, and UCLA, all tournament teams from a year ago.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">RANK THIS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>'s tough schedule is apparent when you take a look at this year's preseason rankings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top-25 Poll, nine of the top 25 teams in the nation will play the Wildcats during the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Defending champs Maryland tops the list at No. 1 in the nation, followed by No. 4 Stanford, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 14 Texas A&amp;M, No. 20 New Mexico, No. 21 California, No. 22 USC, No. 23 UCLA, and No. 25 Washington.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, five other <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> opponents (George Washington, Utah, TCU, Louisiana Tech, and NC State) received double-digit votes in the poll.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This week, seven of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>'s 2006-07 opponents are ranked in the top-25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far this season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 0-7 against ranked opposition.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN PAC-10: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> women's basketball team was selected to finish seventh in the Pac-10 Conference in a preseason vote by the conference's head coaches on Oct., 16.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats garnered 32 points in the poll, as defending Pac-10 champion Stanford was chosen as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10 title.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> received the remaining first-place nod and tallied 70 points to place second. USC was tabbed to finish third with 63 points, followed by <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State> and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> with 53 points for a tie for the fourth-place slot. UCLA grabbed 46 points to place sixth, followed by <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> (32), as <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> (22), <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> (16) and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> (14) rounded out the poll.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> was also selected to finish seventh in the Pac-10 Media Poll released Nov. 7.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">UP NEXT:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> will host UCLA on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 12 p.m. in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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