Feb. 10, 2012
Arizona and Utah will meet for the 14th time on Saturday and the second time as members of the new Pac-12 Conference. U of U won the first meeting between the two teams earlier this year, 65-60, in overtime. The Utes hold an 11-2 advantage over the Wildcats and Arizona last won against Utah on Dec. 10, 1985 (83-63) in Tucson.
Arizona is 13-11 overall and 2-10 in Pac-12 play on the season. The Wildcats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 17.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 steals per game. She is backed up by sophomore forward Erica Barnes' 11.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and 12.9 points from sophomore guard Candice Warthen. Senior guard Shanita Arnold hands out 4.6 assists per game. The Wildcats are shooting 39.3 percent from the field, 36 percent from three-point range and 70.9 percent from the free throw line.
Utah is 11-12 overall and 4-8 in Pac-12 play in the season. The Utes are paced by sophomore forward Michelle Plouffe's 14.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest. U of U boasts four players averaging in double-digit scoring. Senior guard Janita Badon hands out a league-leading 5.8 assists per game. The Utes are shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 32.3 percent from behind the arc and 72 percent from the charity stripe.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in three-point field goal percentage (.360) and three-point field goals per game (6.5). Individually, Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (17.1), No. 9 in assists (3.4), No. 5 in free throw percentage (.791), No. 2 in steals (2.7) and No. 2 in three pointers per game (2.3). Barnes is No. 17 in scoring (11.7) and No. 5 in rebounds (8.5). Arnold is No. 3 in assists (4.6) and No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.6). Freshman center Aley Rohde is No. 6 in blocked shots (1.5).
Among the Pac-12 teams, Utah ranks among the top three scoring defense (55.0), free throw percentage (.720) and assist/turnover ratio (0.9). Individually, Plouffe ranks No. 9 in scoring (14.1) and No. 7 in rebounds (8.3). Badon ranks No. 1 in assists (5.8) and No. 2 in assist/turnover ratio (1.7).
Arizona women's basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400 in Tucson. All broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pregame show. Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Molly O'Mara (color) will call the action this season. Visit ArizonaWildcats.com for all of your live stats and video needs for all home games.