Feb. 6, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Head coach Niya Butts and the Arizona women’s basketball team (11-10, 3-7) will hit the road once again to take on No. 4 Stanford (20-2, 9-1) and No. 6 California (19-2, 9-1) this weekend in Palo Alto and Berkeley, Calif. The Wildcats will play the Cardinal on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. and the Bears on Sunday, Feb. 10 at noon (PST).
UA is coming off a tough weekend, falling to Washington and Washington State at home.
Senior Kama Griffitts (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) is also averaging in double-digits at 12.0 ppg.
Junior Alli Gloyd (Phoenix, Ariz.) is leading the team in rebounds with 6.1 rpg.
Under 26th-year head coach Tara VanDerveer, Stanford has only suffered two losses this season (UConn, California) and has defeated ranked teams such as Baylor, Tennessee, Colorado and California.
The defending Pac-12 Champions have three players averaging in double-digits, led by junior Chiney Ogwumike with 22.4 ppg. Senior Joslyn Tinkle is averaging 12.4 ppg, while sophomore Amber Orrange averages 10.7 ppg. Ogwumike also leads the Cardinal in rebounding with 12.3 rpg.
As a team, Stanford ranks first in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (53), scoring margin (+17.2), field goal percentage (.467), field goal percent defense (.323), three-point field goal percent defense (.243) and assist to turnover ratio (1.2).
The Cardinal holds a 56-12 all-time advantage and has won the last 21 games with Arizona. The Wildcats have won in Palo Alto three times in history (1986, 2000 and 2001).
California has three players that are averaging scoring in double digits. Senior Layshia Clarendon averages 14.9 ppg, sophomore Brittany Boyd averages 12.4 ppg and junior Gennifer Brandon averages a double-double with 12.7 ppg and 11.3 rpg.
As a team, the Bears rank first in the Pac-12 in five categories: scoring offense (70.9 ppg), rebounding defense (32.8), rebounding margin (+11.8), offensive rebounds (18.6 pg) and offensive rebounding percentage (.456).
UA holds a 19-26 edge in the all-time series with California, thanks to a 19-consecutive win streak from 1996 to 2005, but the Bears have won the last 12 contests. In 2012, California defeated Arizona in an overtime thriller (78-74) in Tucson.
Both games will be streamed live at no cost at Lisa Salgado (color) calling the action.
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