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20070119 Women's Basketball Hosts UCLA on Saturday
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Release: 01/19/2007
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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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> women's basketball team (7-13, 1-7 Pac-10) looks for a win against the UCLA Bruins (9-11, 3-5 Pac-10) in the second of four-straight home games on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 12 p.m. (noon) 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 <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> vs. UCLA matchup will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.<?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"><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">CATCH THE ACTION:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Saturday&rsquo;s game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net with Mary Murphy and Tracy Warren 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">As always, <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:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> 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">GOVERNOR NAPOLITANO TO BE GUEST COACH: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano will serve as a guest coach for 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&rsquo;s basketball team on Saturday for the Wildcats&rsquo; game against the UCLA Bruins.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Napolitano will sit with the Wildcats on the team bench during the game, and will join the team during timeout huddles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She will also attend team meetings at halftime and after the game in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> locker room. <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 is the fourth time Napolitano has served as a guest coach for the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> women&rsquo;s basketball team.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">USC RECAP:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> USC overcame an 11-point second half deficit using a 15-4 scoring run in the final 4:23 to pull away for a 77-68 win over <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> on Thursday night 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><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"> shot 40.7 percent (24-59) from the field in the game, including a 20.0 percent (4-20) mark from three point range, and finished with a 16-of-21 mark (76.2 percent) from the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC shot 41.0 percent (25-61) from the field, 32.0 percent (8-25) from behind the arc, and 73.1 percent (19-26) from the charity stripe.<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:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, senior Joy Hollingsworth led four players in double-figures with 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field, to go with five rebounds and three steals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sophomore Amina Njonkou posted her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Jessica Arnold added 11 points, and junior Ashley Whisonant finished with 10 points and six 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">USC senior guard Shay Murphy posted a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds, 25 points coming in the second half, as she shot 6-of-17 from the field, but 14-of-15 from the free throw line in the second half alone.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Murphy scored 13 of USC&rsquo;s final 15 points in the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior guard Jamie Hagiya added 14 points and four 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">After trailing 7-5 at the 16:55 mark in the first half, the Wildcats put together a 10-0 scoring run over the next 3:54 to take a 15-7 lead on a three-point play by freshman Rhaya Neabors.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> held USC scoreless for 6:27 in the first half, until a three by Hagiya cut the UA lead to 16-10 at the 10:28 mark.<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">USC responded with a 14-2 run to take a 21-17 lead at the 6:15 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> countered with a 9-1 run to end the half, capped by a Njonkou jumper as time expired, and went into halftime up 34-26.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> shot 38.7 percent (12-31) from the field in the first half, while holding USC to a 34.5 percent mark (10-29).<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"> opened up a 42-31 lead in the second half with 16:26 left in the game on a three-point play by <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Arnold</st1:City></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC then came back with 16-5 run over the next 4:04 to tie the game at 47-47, and went up 57-51 with 9:32 left to play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> scored seven-straight points for a 58-57 lead on a three by Hollingsworth at the 8:13 mark.<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 led USC 64-62 with 4:53 left in the game before Murphy went on a tear scoring 13 of USC&rsquo;s final 15 points in the game, sparking a 15-4 Trojan run to end the 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">UA shot 42.9 percent (12-28) from the field in the second half, as USC shot 46.9 percent (15-32).<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><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> averages 64.1 points a game while shooting 40.1 percent (489-1218) from the field, 25.8 percent (81-314) from three-point range, and 67.0 percent (223-333) from the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have also tallied 189 steals (9.5 spg), third-best in the Pac-10, off of 401 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 16.2 points a game (6th in the Pac-10) while posting 6.0 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game (2nd 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 BRUINS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">The UCLA Bruins enter Saturday&rsquo;s game with a 9-11 overall record, a 3-5 mark in the Pac-10, while losing its last two contests.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UCLA lost at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Thursday, 92-52, and is 4-4 on the road so far this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, the Bruins shoot 42.7 percent (511-1198) from the field, 35.2 percent (80-227) from three point range, and 67.3 percent (264-392) from the free throw line, while averaging 68.3 points a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Individually for UCLA, senior Noelle Quinn leads the team with 16.5 points (fifth in the Pac-10) and 6.4 rebounds a game, and junior forward Lindsey Pluimer adds 15.8 points and 6.2 rebounds a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Kathy Olivier is in her 14<SUP>th</SUP> season at the helm of the Bruin 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 UCLA-ARIZONA SERIES:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Saturday&rsquo;s game will be the 57th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Bruins on the hardwood, with UCLA owning a 38-18 all-time series advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UCLA swept the two-game series last year, including a 90-64 win 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><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has won seven of the last 11 matchups in the series, including five of the last six against the Bruins at home.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Under head coach Joan Bonvicini, the Wildcats are 16-14 against UCLA.<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"><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 273-195 (.583) mark at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> and is 598-266 (.692) 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. With two more wins, 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">Arizona will finally enjoy the comforts of playing at home in McKale Center, as the Wildcats opened 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> 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 first seven Pac-10 games on the road.<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">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 13 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 UCLA, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>'s 13 losses have been against teams with a combined record of 167-64 (.722), 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>'s schedule is ranked as the 11th-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><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> 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 75-27 (.735) against Pac-10 teams at home, including a 65-21 mark (.756) 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 1-2 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 6-4 this season when leading at halftime. However, the Wildcats are 1-3 in the last four games when leading at the half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against USC on Thursday, the Wildcats owned a 34-26 halftime lead, but were outscored 51-34 in the second half to hand the Women of Troy a 77-68 win.<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 1-9 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 style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">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 style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10 points: 10-0 run over 3:54 in the first half vs. USC<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></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">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"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12 points: 14-2 run to USC over 7:14 in the first half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></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"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 16-5 run to USC over 4:04 in the second half<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 15-4 run to USC in the final 4:23 of the game<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">11 points: 15-4 run to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State></st1:place> 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 189 steals (9.5 spg) on the year, which is third best in the Pac-10. UA has forced 401 opponent turnovers, converting 351 points (17.6 ppg) off of turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have recorded double-figures in steals in 10 games this season, including nine steals against USC on Thursday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats also tallied 28 points off of 20 USC turnovers in the game.<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 270 offensive rebounds, leading to 246 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 13.5 offensive rebounds and 12.3 second-chance points a game, and has posted double-figures in offensive rebounds in 16 of 20 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has posted double-figures in offensive rebounds the last five consecutive games, and eight of the last nine games, including 12 against USC on Thursday.<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:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> gave up 77 to USC on Thursday.<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">LOOKING FOR DIMES:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The Wildcats have been moving the ball around on offense the last two games, and it shows in the stat column.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> posted a season-high 21 assists against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> last Saturday, and followed that performance up with 15 assists against USC on Thursday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The UA mark of 36 dimes in a two-game span is a season-best.<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">PAC-10 PRODUCTIVITY: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Through eight Pac-10 games, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has four players averaging double-figures in scoring during conference play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth leads the way at 16.1 points a game, followed by junior Ashley Whisonant with 10.6 ppg, junior Jessica Arnold at 10.4 ppg, and sophomore Amina Njonkou with 10.1 ppg.<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">BALANCED SCORING: </SPAN></B><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"> had four players score in double-figures on Thursday against USC.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was the first time in 11 games four Wildcats scored in double-figures, and the third such occasion 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 style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">GETTING TO THE LINE:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The Wildcats have been very successful at getting to the free throw line in the last five games, making 106 attempts (21.2 FTA per game average) in that span compared to a mark of 87 attempts by the opposition.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is shooting 69.8 percent (74-106) in the last five games, reaching the charity stripe 21 times or more in four of the last five contests.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the season, the Wildcats are shooting 67.0 percent (223-333) from the line.<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">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>'s last four 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:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> 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:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> 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.<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">Against USC on Thursday, the Wildcats owned a 42-31 lead in the second half with 16:26 left in the game, only to give up a 16-5 run and a 15-4 run to the Women of Troy for the USC win.<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 five games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In her last five outings, Hollingsworth is averaging 21. 6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.4 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 16.2 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 17 out of 20 games this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Hollingsworth is shooting 39.8 percent from the field (117-294), 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 serves as the Wildcats&rsquo; floor general, and she has picked up her game running the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> offense.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Last 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> 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>Against USC on Thursday, the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Bowie</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Md.</st1:State></st1:place>, native passed out six assists to go with 10 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 17 assists is her highest total of the season in a two-game 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">On the season, Whisonant is averaging 11.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game, including marks of 10.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.3 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 9.8 points and a team-best 7.0 rebounds a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She leads the team with 64 offensive rebounds (second in the Pac-10), and is shooting 47.7 percent (73-153) 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><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">Against USC on Thursday, Njonkou posted her third double-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high four assists.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>So far this season, she has recorded five rebounds or more in 18 of her 20 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In Pac-10 play, Njonkou is averaging 10.1 points and 7.4 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 14.7 points a game in her last three 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:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Arnold</st1:City></st1:place> 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><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arnold</st1:place></st1:City> finished with 11 points against USC on Thursday.<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">In Pac-10 play, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arnold</st1:place></st1:City> is averaging 10.4 points 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">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> host Stanford on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 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>.<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>
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