COMING UP: The
CATCH THE ACTION: As always,
Junior Kaela Chapdelaine led
18 of the 19 players from both teams that played in the game scored a basket.
The Wildcats controlled the second half for the first eight minutes, and led 41-37 at the 11:53 mark.
A QUICK LOOK AT
ABOUT THE BRUINS: The UCLA Bruins enter Thursday’s matchup with a 13-13 overall record and a 7-7 mark in the Pac-10. UCLA has won four of their last six, but lost at USC, 62-55, on Saturday. The Bruins are 5-5 at home so far this season. As a team, UCLA shoots 43.4 percent (662-1527) from the field, 35.4 percent (102-288) from three point range, and 68.3 percent (352-515) from the free throw line while averaging 68.4 points a game. Senior Noelle Quinn averages 16.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists to lead the Bruins, and junior forward Lindsey Pluimer adds 15.8 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. Head coach Kathy Olivier is in her 14th season at the helm of the Bruin program.
THE UCLA-ARIZONA SERIES: Thursday’s game will be the 58th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Bruins on the hardwood, with UCLA owning a 39-18 all-time series advantage. The Bruins escaped
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,
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 275-200 (.579) mark at
WIN #600: Head coach Joan Bonvicini earned her 600th career victory on Thursday, Feb. 8, as the Wildcats defeated Oregon State, 65-61. Bonvicini became the 18th women's basketball coach in NCAA Division I history to accomplish the 600-win plateau.
LOVE THOSE THURSDAYS: Although Arizona started the season 0-5 when playing games on Thursday, the Wildcats have won back-to-back games.
EVERBODY SCORES (ALMOST): In the game against
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
CARDIAC CATS: So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.
MAGIC NUMBER: On the season,
RUN IT, RUN IT: So far this season,
25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs.
21 points: 30-9 run over the final 6:53 of the first half at UTEP
18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs.
16 points: 16-0 run over 3:13 in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech
16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at
15 points: 15-0 run over 4:40 in the first half vs. GW
14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs.
12 points: 14-2 run over 7:39 in the first half vs.
12 points: 16-4 run over 5:16 in the second half vs. Stanford
12 points: 17-5 run over 3:30 in the second half vs. UCLA
12 points: 12-0 run over 5:55 in first half vs. NC State
12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs.
11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs.
10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs.
10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs.
10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW
10 points: 10-0 run over 3:54 in the first half vs. USC
THE BIG, BAD RUN: Although
26 points: 31-5 scoring run to
23 points: 33-10 run to
21 points: 26-5 run to Texas A&M in the final 7:31 of the first half
20 points: 26-6 run at
19 points: 27-8 run to Stanford over 7:41 in the first half
16 points: 16-0 run to
16 points: 21-5 run to UTEP in the final 3:37 of the game
14 points: 17-3 run at
13 points: 13-0 run to
13 points: 16-3 run to Louisiana Tech over 5:29 in the first half
12 points: 14-2 run to USC over 7:14 in the first half
12 points: 13-1 run at
12 points: 16-4 run to
12 points: 15-3 run to
11 points: 11-0 run to
11 points: 16-5 run to USC over 4:04 in the second half
11 points: 15-4 run to USC in the final 4:23 of the game
11 points: 15-4 run to
10 points: 14-4 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to UCLA over the final 2:34 of the first half
WATCH YOUR POCKETS: The Wildcats have excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this season.
OFFENSIVE BOARDS: So far this season, the Wildcats have done a solid job on the offensive glass. On the year, the Wildcats have grabbed 362 offensive rebounds.
GOOD D: The Wildcat defense has shown its claws the last two games, as
LEADING LATE: The Wildcats are 7-1 this season when leading with one minute left in the game.
GIVE HER THE ROCK: Senior Joy Hollingsworth was on an absolute tear before struggling against the Ducks on Saturday, finishing with just six points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field. In the three games before the
LOOK FOR A BIG ONE: Joy failed to score in double-figures for just the fifth time this season, but don’t expect that to last for long. In games following a single-digit output for Hollingsworth, she is averaging 14.6 points including outbursts of 31 points and 20 points.
ON POINT: Junior Ashley Whisonant has provided the Wildcats with a much needed spark off the bench. In the last three games coming off the bench, Whisonant is averaging 15.3 points and 3.3 assists a game. She finished with a game-high 14 points in 26 minutes as a reserve on Saturday against
DIME TRACKER: Ashley Whisonant dished out her 250th career assist against
PICKING UP THE PACE: Senior guard Linda Pace's stats might not jump out from the box score, but her play has been pivotal for the Wildcats' success as of late.
MS. CONSISTENCY: Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has become one of
Against USC, Njonkou posted her third double-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high four assists. So far this season, she has recorded five rebounds or more in 24 of her 27 games.
BRING IT: Like every season,
This week, six of
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN THE PAC-10: The
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as