Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats face LSU in NCAA Tournament second round
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 22, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Time: 7 p.m. (EDT)

Location: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn.

Radio: 1330 AM (Paul Johnson)

TV: ESPN2 (Mark Jones/Ann Meyers/Beth Mowins)


   LSU and Arizona have played three times before, with the Lady Tigers taking two of the three games. Three players - Dee-Dee Wheeler, Shawntinice Polk and Natalie Jones - have played against LSU two times in their careers. Three others - Danielle Adefeso, Katrina Lindner and Shannon Hobson - have faced the Lady Tigers once.

   Sunday’s win over Oklahoma gave Arizona its third-straight 20-win season and eighth in the last 10 years.

   Arizona is now 6-6 in seven NCAA Tournament appearances. The Wildcats have advanced past the first round of the tournament five times.

   The Wildcats’ win Sunday after trailing at halftime was just the second time all season the team has come from behind at intermission to record a victory.

   All five Pac-10 teams won their first-round NCAA Tournament games, a new record for the conference. Pac-10 teams won four first-round games in 1993, 1994 and 1997.

   With her first rebound of the game on Sunday, Dee-Dee Wheeler moved into the Top 10 all-time at Arizona. She now has 535 on her career. She also moved into a tie for first place in games played and will take sole possession of the record on Tuesday.

   Arizona is 16-1 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

   The Wildcats committed 10 (or fewer) turnovers Sunday for just the third time all season. Arizona turned the ball over nine times at California on Feb. 5 and 10 times vs. Stanford on Jan. 9. The Wildcats average 17.5 turnovers a game.

   Guards Dee-Dee Wheeler and Natalie Jones played a total of 75 minutes Sunday without committing a turnover. It was the third time this season for both players to play an entire game without turning the ball over.

   Junior Shawntinice Polk is 12 rebounds away from the all-time record at Arizona. She currently has 909 boards in her three seasons.

   Senior Dee-Dee Wheeler has reached double-digit scoring in 109 of her 123 career games.

   Senior Danielle Adefeso’s 10 points against Oklahoma on Sunday marked the sixth time this season she has reached double-digit scoring.

   Dee-Dee Wheeler’s nine assists on Sunday was her best total this season since dishing out 11 at UCLA on Jan. 16.

   Danielle Adefeso’s two blocks against Oklahoma ties her career high, set six other times, four of which came this season.

   Freshman Jessica Arnold’s four three-pointers in the first round was her highest total since draining five in the season opener against Saint Mary’s on Nov. 12. It was her eighth double-figure scoring performance of the season.

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