COMING UP: The Arizona women’s basketball team (13-5, 5-3) plays a 2 p.m. game against Oregon State (5-12, 1-7) this Saturday, Jan. 22. Live audio and stats of this and every home game are available at www.arizonaathletics.com. The video will be delayed until 6 p.m. due to Pac-10 TV contractual limitations.The game will also be broadcast live on KJLL 1330 AM in Tucson. The game is "Pack the House," sponsored by Metro Restaurants. All tickets are only $3.
ArizonaAthletics.com Coverage: Subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium audio/video service, can listen to the radio broadcast live and watch the delayed McKale Center video webcast beginning at 6 p.m. with Paul Johnson callling the action. Free, real-time statistics are also available.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE WILDCATS: Arizona won its second-straight game, a 69-60 victory over Oregon at McKale Center last night. The Wildcats shot 41 percent from the field, 33 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line on the game, while Oregon shot 48, 27 and 77 percent, respectively, on the night. Arizona out-rebounded the Ducks 35 to 26 and forced 20 Oregon turnovers. Senior Dee-Dee Wheeler led all players with 23 points. She also added six assists, five rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot. Freshman Jessica Arnold, making her first start since suffering a shoulder injury Dec. 27 at Washington, finished with 10 points on 4-of-6 from the field. Freshman Ch?© Oh added nine points, while senior Danielle Adefeso chipped in eight. Junior Natalie Jones led all players with 11 rebounds, while freshman Ashley Whisonant nabbed four steals, as many as the entire Oregon team. Junior Shawntinice Polk was held to just seven points, but pulled down nine boards.
On the season, the Wildcats are led by Wheeler, who averages 18.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game. Polk adds 13.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. As a team, Arizona is out-shooting its opponents 45 percent to 38 percent and out-rebounding them 38.2 to 36.4.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: Oregon State dropped a 50-38 defensive struggle at Arizona State Thursday night. Both teams shot just 30 percent from the field, but ASU held a 50 to 31 edge on the glass. Shannon Howell led all players with 16 points on just 6-for-19 (32 percent) shooting. Anita Rivera had six points, five rebounds and two blocked shots, while Tiffany Ducker added six points, six boards and a career-best four blocks.
On the season, Oregon State is led by Howell, who averages 19.6 points and 3.4 assists per game. Kim Butler adds 9.8 points, while Casey Bunn leads the team with 5.3 rebounds per game. As a team, the Beavers are shooting 40 percent from the field, compared to the 42 percent of their opponents. Oregon State is being outscored 68.1 to 62.8 and out-rebounded 38.1 to 36.5.
SERIES SHORTS: Arizona leads the all-time series with Oregon State 21-19. The last time the two teams met, on March 6, 2004, in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, Arizona won 81-58. The Wildcats are 13-6 at home, 6-13 away and 2-0 at a neutral site vs. the Beavers.
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: Saturday’s game against Oregon State is "Pack the House," sponsored by Metro Restaurants. All tickets are $3.
Next Wednesday, Jan. 26, is College Night, sponsored by Pepsi. All UA students with a valid CatCard will receive free admission to the game against Arizona State and the first 400 students will get a free t-shirt.
On Saturday, Jan. 29, when the Wildcats host Maryland, State Farm is sponsoring UA Mentoring Day. Arizona assistant coach Shimmy Gray and players will host a pre-game mentoring session for aspiring female youth. In addition, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano will serve as guest coach for the Wildcats.
RANKING IN THE PAC-10: As a team, Arizona ranks second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.448), third in scoring (71.2), field goal percentage defense (.380) and defensive rebounds (23.9), fourth in scoring margin (7.7), assists (15.3) and assist/turnover ratio (0.9), and fifth in rebounding (38.2), scoring defense (63.6), three-point field goal percentage defense (.297), rebounding defense (36.4) and blocked shots (3.8).
Individually, Dee-Dee Wheeler ranks second in scoring and assist/turnover ratio, third in assists and steals, sixth in three-point field goals made, seventh in minutes played and three-point field goal percentage, ninth in field goal percentage, and 17th in rebounding. Shawntinice Polk leads the league in blocked shots, ranks third in field goal percentage, rebounding and defensive rebounds, seventh in scoring and 10th in offensive rebounds. Natalie Jones ranks eighth in free throw percentage and 12th in rebounding, while Ashley Whisonant is ninth in steals.
RANKING NATIONALLY: As a team, Arizona ranks 30th nationally in field goal percentage, 34th in scoring, 56th in assists and 59th in won-lost percentage.
Individually, senior Dee-Dee Wheeler ranks 34th in points per game and 37th in steals per game. Junior Shawntinice Polk ranks 11th in field goal percentage and 47th in blocked shots per game.
POLK MOVES INTO TOP FIVE IN SCORING: With her jumper with 4:36 left in the first half of Arizona’s win over Oregon Thursday, junior center Shawntinice Polk moved into a tie with Dana Peterson (1985-88) for fifth-place all-time in scoring at Arizona with 1,299 points. She needs just 16 more to move into fourth place.
WHISONANT PICK-POCKETING THE PAC-10: Freshman Ashley Whisonant is averaging 2.0 steals per game in Pac-10 play. The guard has two or more steals in seven games this season, including a career high of five at USC and four against Oregon.
WILDCATS BOAST PAC’S ACTIVE SCORING LEADERS: Arizona boasts the Pac-10’s top two active career scoring leaders in All-America candidates Dee-Dee Wheeler and Shawntinice Polk. The point guard Wheeler currently has 1,740 career points, while Polk has scored 1,299 points in her three seasons at Arizona.
POLK REACHES MAJOR MILESTONE, NEARS ANOTHER: Junior All-America candidate Shawntinice Polk grabbed her 800th career rebound last Sunday at UCLA and is currently eight blocks away from 200 on her career. Polk is already Arizona’s all-time blocks leader and ranks second in rebounding, 111 behind Adia Barnes’ 921 career rebounds.
TALE OF THREES: Arizona is 8-2 (.800) this season when making four or more three-pointers. The team’s two losses both came on nights when it made seven baskets from downtown - at Georgia on Nov. 17 and vs. Stanford on Jan. 9. On the contrary, the Wildcats are 4-4 (.500) when they make three or less treys.
80 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: In the program’s 33-year history, the Wildcats are almost guaranteed a win when they reach 80 points. Arizona is 170-20 (89 percent) all-time when reaching the 80-point plateau. With Joan Bonvicini at the helm, the Wildcats are 122-13 (90 percent) when scoring 80 points or more. This year alone, Arizona is 6-0 in games where it has reached 80 points in the scoring column.
WHEELER BECOMES ARIZONA’S STEAL LEADER: Senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler tied the school record for career steals at the 10:41 mark in the first half of the game at Southern California on Jan. 14 and took sole possession of the record with 11:08 left in the game. She now has 267 steals on her career.
BONVICINI WINS 250TH GAME AT ARIZONA: Joan Bonvicini notched her 250th win as the head coach at Arizona when the Wildcats defeated then-No. 19 UCLA on the road last Sunday. In 14 years at the helm, she boasts a 251-153 (.620) record and is the winningest coach in Arizona women’s basketball history.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE: During her career, junior Shawntinice Polk has recorded 42 double-doubles (21 as a freshman, 16 as a sophomore and five as a junior). The longest streak came at the start of her career, when she opened the 2002-03 season with eight consecutive double-doubles. During her three seasons, the Wildcats are 32-10 when Polk notches a double-double.
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END: Point guard Dee-Dee Wheeler’s streak of 48 consecutive games with 10 or more points came to an end last Friday at USC as the senior finished with just five points. The last time she failed to reach double-digit scoring was March 23, 2003, when she had seven points in a loss to Notre Dame. Wheeler has scored 10 or more points in 97 of her 110 career games.
CATS’ NATION-LEADING HOME WIN STREAK ENDS: Arizona’s 34-game winning streak, the longest in the nation, came to an end Jan. 9 when the Wildcats fell 78-66 to Stanford. It was Arizona’s first home loss since Nov. 22, 2002, when it dropped the 2002-03 season opener in overtime to Louisiana State, 78-71.
WHEELER STARTS 100TH GAME: When she took the court against Arizona State on Jan. 3, senior Dee-Dee Wheeler was making the 100th start of her career. In doing so, she became just the sixth Wildcat ever to start 100 or more games.
CURRENT CATS ON UA CAREER LISTS: Senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is first in steals (267), second in scoring (1,740), field goals made (678), field goals attempted (1,470) and minutes played average (32.2), tied for third in three-point field goal percentage (.362), fourth in scoring average (15.8), three-point field goals made (166), three-point field goals attempted (458) and total minutes played (3,546), tied for fourth in games started (105) and tied for seventh in assists (419).
Junior Shawntinice Polk is first in double-doubles (42), blocks (192), rebounding average (10.1) and field goal percentage (.592), second in total rebounds (810), third in scoring average (16.2), fifth in field goals made (539), tied for fifth in scoring (1,299), sixth in free throws attempted (396), and seventh in minutes played average (28.7).
WILDCATS RANK NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE: Arizona currently ranks 50th nationally in attendance with an average attendance of 2,098. Connecticut is the leader with a 13,571 average, while Pac-10 opponents Oregon, Stanford, Washington and Arizona State rank 25th, 29th 33rd and 34th, respectively, at 3,701, 3,424, 3,072 and 2,943.
WILDCATS ON THE RADIO: All of Arizona’s games this season are broadcast on Tucson’s Jolt, KJLL 1330 AM, the radio home of Arizona women’s basketball. With Paul Johnson in his 10th year as the Wildcats’ play-by-play announcer, the Jolt will broadcast every game, home and away.
WILDCATS ON TELEVISION: The Wildcats have two more games this season that will be broadcast on FSN:
Saturday, Jan. 29 - 4 p.m. vs. Maryland
Saturday, Feb. 19 - 2 p.m. at Oregon
In addition, the Wildcats’ home games against Southern California (Feb. 12) and Washington (Feb. 26) are "wild card" games that could get picked up in the Pac-10 television package with FSN.
JOAN BONVICINI COACH’S SHOW: The Joan Bonvicini Coach’s Show began a new season last Monday. Hosted by Wildcat radio announcer Paul Johnson, the show is broadcast live from 6-7 p.m. on KJLL 1330 AM and is held at the Varsity Clubs of America, located at Speedway and Alvernon. The show features Bonvicini with several special guests, ranging from players to staff members. Fans are invited to join the audience of the show at the Varsity Clubs each week during Pac-10 play.
UP NEXT: Arizona hosts Arizona State for a 7 p.m. game next Wednesday, Jan. 26, for Zona Zoo College Night. All students receive free admission to the game with a valid CatCard.