Feb. 4, 2011
TUCSON - In their annual Pink Zone game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, the Arizona Wildcats will host the No. 4/3 Stanford Cardinal to continue the Pac-10 slate of women's basketball games. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. MT on Sat., Feb. 5, at McKale Center.
The Arizona Wildcats and the Stanford Cardinal will meet for the 66th time on Saturday. The Cardinal have won 18-straight games against the Cats, including an 87-54 victory earlier this season in Palo Alto. Arizona last defeated Stanford on Feb. 5, 2004 in Tucson.
"Stanford is going to bring size and speed to the table on Saturday and we have to score early and push the ball," head coach Niya Butts said. "We played our best offense (against California on Thursday) in transition and we need to continue that. We have to get stops and be in the right position. Stanford is playing well and we are going to go out there and do what we can do. We have to put our best foot forward in order to be successful for the rest of the way in the Pac-10."
The Arizona Wildcats are 13-8 overall and 4-6 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging double-digit points in sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.4), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (14.5) and senior forward Soana Lucet (10.9). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 9.5 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 5.2 assists per game.
Ibekwe leads the Pac-10 in rebounds (190, 9.5) and defensive rebounds (125, 6.3). Arnold ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10 in assists (110, 5.2) and No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.5). Freshman forward Erica Barnes is No. 3 in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (64-111-.577). Arizona ranks in the top three in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, assists, turnover margin and assist/turnover ratio.
The No. 4/3 Stanford Cardinal are 19-2 overall and 10-0 in Pac-10 play. Their losses came on the road at DePaul and Tennessee. Stanford has four players averaging in double figures with Jeanette Pohlen leading the way at 16.6 points per game. In the Pac-10 ranks, Stanford leads the league in scoring defense, scoring margin, free throw percentage, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage, rebounding offense, rebounding margin, assists, assist/turnover ratio, defensive rebounds, defensive rebound percentage and offensive rebound percentage. Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (138-237-.582) and Jeanette Pohlen leads in free throw percentage (54-59-.915) and three-point field goals (2.8).
All Wildcat games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400. All broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pre-game show. Entering their third season calling Arizona Wildcat women's basketball games will be Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Alysiah Bond (color). For Pac-10 home contests, games are carried in Spanish on Tucson's KTKT-AM 990. Francisco Romero calls the action. Live video and stats are also available at ArizonaWildcats.com.