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UA Women's Basketball Plays Host to Washington Schools This Weekend
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Release: 06/22/2004
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    WHAT'S HAPPENING: Nationally ranked for the first time this season, the University of Arizona women's basketball team (No. 22 AP/No. 24 USA Today) looks to extend its five-game win streak this weekend when it plays host to the Washington schools. The Wildcats will face Washington State on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m., then they take on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. in the McKale Center.

    
    POSSIBLE STARTING LINEUP:       
    35      Krista Warren     F/G     6-2     So.     Cloverdale, CA  9.0 ppg 5.4 rpg 1.8 apg
    45      Elizabeth Pickney  F      6-4     Jr.     Houston, TX     16.1 ppg        6.4 rpg 1.2 bpg
    50      LaKeisha Taylor    C      6-4     Jr.     Houston, TX     9.0 ppg 6.0 rpg
    10      Reshea Bristol     G      5-10    Sr.     Omaha, NE       14.6 ppg        5.4 rpg 6.6 apg
    13      Aimee Grzyb        G      5-7     Fr.     San Jose, CA    8.4 ppg 1.9 rpg 2.1 apg

    OFF THE BENCH: (in numerical order) 4 Candice Allen G 5-10 Fr. Ontario, CA 5.9 ppg 2.0 rpg 1.1 apg 14 Jen Chesney G 6-0 Fr. Newberg, OR 1.1 ppg 1.4 rpg 22 Veranda James F 6-3 Fr. Pomona, CA 15.3 ppg 8.5 rpg 1.1 apg 33 Tysell Bozeman * G 5-8 Jr. Riverside, CA 10.3 ppg 5.1 rpg 3.4 apg 51 Michelle Mitchell C 6-4 Jr. Oregon City, OR 1.7 ppg 1.9 rpg * currently serving a team suspension

    ABOUT ARIZONA: Coming off a stretch that saw them play five out of six games on the road, the 22nd-ranked Wildcats bring 12-2 overall and 2-0 Pac-10 records into their first Pac-10 home games of the season. The Cats, who have won 11 of their last 12 games, are coming off road wins at California (79-68) and then-No. 21 Stanford (68-65). Arizona is ranked this week for the first time since finishing the 2000 season at the No. 20 spot in the Coaches Poll and No. 21 in the AP Poll. Junior forward Elizabeth Pickney has taken over the team scoring lead with 16.1 points per game and is second in rebounding at 6.4 per game. Freshman forward Veranda James is the second-leading scorer at 15.3 ppg and has the team's top rebounding average at 8.5 per game. Senior guard Reshea Bristol follows at 14.6 ppg and has a team-best 6.6 assists per game average. Although currently serving an indefinite team suspension, junior guard Tysell Bozeman is fourth on the scoring chart, with 10.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Sophomore wing Krista Warren and junior center LaKeisha Taylor are each averaging 9.0 points per game, while Taylor is third on the squad in rebounding, with 6.0 rpg. Warren is grabbing an average of 5.4 rpg. As a team, Arizona is leading the Pac-10 in scoring (81.9 ppg) and scoring margin (+16.4 ppg) and is second in rebounding (43.0 rpg), rebounding margin (+5.6 rpg), turnover margin (+4.21 topg) and assists-to-turnover ratio (0.89). Reshea Bristol is leading the Pac-10 in assists (6.63 apg) and is second in steals (3.14 spg), while LaKeisha Taylor is tops in the conference in field goal percentage (.613). Arizona has four players among the top 20 rebounders in the conference right now.

    CATS CHANGING RADIO FREQUENCIES: Beginning with the Washington State game on Thursday, Arizona women's basketball broadcasts will move, along with its host station KCEE, to a new frequency. From that point on, broadcasts can be heard on 97.1 KCEE FM, instead of the previous frequency of 940 AM.

    BRISTOL NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (again): Wildcat senior guard Reshea Bristol was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Jan. 2-8. Bristol averaged 22.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 steals, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while leading the Wildcats to a road sweep of the Bay Area schools last weekend. She shot 90.9 percent (10-11) from the line, 66.7 percent (4-6) from three-point range and 46.9 percent (15-32) from the floor. This is the second straight week that Bristol has earned the Player of the Week honor. Against California on Jan. 4, Bristol hit 10-of-19 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the line en route to a game- and career-high 30 points. She scored 22 of Arizona's 47 second-half points, while contributing six rebounds and game-highs of five assists and four steals. Against No. 21 Stanford on Jan. 6, Bristol helped the Cats to their first win over a ranked opponent this season, downing the Cardinal, 68-65. She notched 14 points, two rebounds and game highs of eight assists and five steals. In the waning seconds, she had a crucial steal and connected on two free throws to ice the game. The Player of the Week honor is the third of Bristol's career, her second this season and the 22nd all-time selection for Arizona.

    ARIZONA'S LAST TIME OUT: Coming back from as many as six points behind, the Wildcats pulled off a 68-65 victory at Stanford on Jan. 6. The Cardinal out-scored the Wildcats, 15-9, over the first six minutes of the contest, then Arizona put on a 6-0 run to pull even with Stanford at 11:35 in the first. The teams traded buckets over the remainder of the period, and Stanford had the one-point (33-32) advantage at the break. The Cardinal pushed its lead back out to six points (46-40) by the 15:01 mark in the second and kept a strangle hold on the Cats, until they broke loose with their own 10-0 run late in the second. Arizona had a six-point (60-54) lead at 5:55, only to see the Cardinal tie the game again at 3:21 with a 9-5 spurt. Arizona forced three Stanford turnovers, LaKeisha Taylor hit the back end of two free throws, and Reshea Bristol drained a pair of charity shots to give the Cats a victory. Elizabeth Pickney led all scorers with her 18 points and tied Krista Warren for the team lead with six rebounds each. Reshea Bristol put up 14 points and game highs of eight assists and five steals. Freshman Candice Allen contributed 11 points off the bench. The win marked the first time in UA history that the Cats have won back-to-back games in Maples Pavilion.

    ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: Winners of four of their last five games, the Cougars are 7-5 overall and 2-0 in Pac-10 play after sweeping USC (79-78) and UCLA (80-66) at home last weekend. Averaging 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, junior center Brittney Hawks is leading WSU in both categories. While Hawks is the only Cougar with a double-digit scoring average, four other players are posting more than seven points a game. WSU is leading the Pac-10 in field goal percentage defense (.367) and is tied with Washington for the assists lead (16.67 apg). Second-year head coach Jenny Przekwas (Wyoming, 1986) has a 11-29 record at the helm of the Cougar program. She is 144-128 in 10 years as a head coach.

    THE SERIES vs. WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars have the 16-12 lead in the series with Arizona, although the Wildcats have won six of the last eight meetings. The Cats have a 6-8 all-time record against WSU in Tucson.

    LAST MEETING WITH WSU: A dominating performance by the Wildcats enabled them to earn win number 20 on the season with an 81-52 victory over Washington State at home on Feb. 12, 2000. WSU stayed with the Cats through the first five minutes of the game, then Arizona blew the contest open by out-scoring the Cougars, 25-11, over the remainder of the period. The Wildcats stretched their lead to as great as 39 points (74-35) with 4:57 left in the game and ended up with a 29-point victory. Elizabeth Pickney led all scorers with her 21 points, aided by 10-of-13 shooting from the floor. Eight other Wildcats added five points or more. Reshea Bristol pulled down a game-high-tying eight rebounds.

    ABOUT WASHINGTON: After sweeping UCLA (73-54) and USC (91-79 OT) at home last weekend, the Huskies have won eight of their last nine games, moving to 9-3 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10. Washington plays at Arizona State on Thursday before heading to Tucson to take on the Cats on Saturday. Three Huskies are averaging in double digits in scoring, led by senior guard Megan Franza's 13.8 points per game. Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola is second in scoring (12.1 ppg) and is the team's top rebounder (7.7 rpg). Sophomore guard Kellie O'Neill is registering 11.2 ppg. Washington is leading the Pac-10 in rebounding (46.4 rpg) and rebounding margin (+8.2 rpg) and is tied with WSU for the assists lead (16.67 apg). Head coach June Daugherty (Ohio State, 1978) has a 68-59 mark in five years at Washington. She has a 191-133 record in 12 years as a head coach.

    THE SERIES vs. WASHINGTON: The Huskies hold a hefty 22-7 advantage in the series with Arizona. The Wildcats have claimed six of the last nine meetings, including the last three straight. Arizona holds a 6-9 record all-time versus Washington in Tucson and hasn't lost to the Huskies in McKale since 1995.

    LAST MEETING WITH WASHINGTON: Aided by a 56 percent shooting performance from the floor, the Wildcats completed their first-ever sweep of Washington with a 96-81 win over Huskies at home on Feb. 10, 2000. Washington jumped out to a quick 12-5 lead early in the game, then managed to stay with the Wildcats until midway through the period. The Cats out-scored the Huskies, 30-18, over the final 10 minutes of the half to take a nine-point (49-40) lead at the break. The second half was all Arizona, as the Cats out-scored UW, 39-18, reaching a 30-point (88-58) lead at the 6:40 mark. Bonvicini put the rest of her bench in to finish out the game, but the subs unable to hold onto that lead, as Washington finished the contest on a 23-8 spurt. Reshea Bristol had a game-high-tying 18 points in the contest, and Elizabeth Pickney added 13 points. The two players tied for the team high with six rebounds each.

    LOOKING AHEAD: The Wildcats tip off a three-game road swing next weekend with a pair of contests in Los Angeles. Arizona plays at USC on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. PST, then the Cats take on UCLA on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. PST. Arizona remains on the road after that to play at rival Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.

    WILDCAT GUARD REMAINS SUSPENDED: Junior guard Tysell Bozeman has been suspended since Jan. 2 for violation of team policies. Her return date has yet to be determined.

    HEAD COACH JOAN BONVICINI: In her 10th year at the helm of the Arizona women's basketball program, head coach Joan Bonvicini has collected an unparalleled list of accomplishments, both for the university and for her career. Bonvicini has posted a 171-107 (.615) mark in 10 seasons at Arizona and has more wins at the UA than all six of the previous Wildcat coaches combined. In 22 years as a collegiate head coach, Bonvicini has a 496-178 (.736) career record. She also has a 23-14 mark in NCAA tournament play and has never lost a first-round game in 14 appearances. Prior to taking over at the UA, Bonvicini led Long Beach State to 10 consecutive NCAA appearances, including two trips to the Final Four. She registered a 325-71 mark in 12 seasons with the 49ers.

    COUNTDOWN TO 500: Joan Bonvicini is only four wins away from reaching the 500-victory mark for her career.

    THE REST OF THE STAFF: Awarded the title of associate head coach two years ago, Denise Dove Ianello (Northern Illinois, 1991) is in her ninth year at the UA, functioning as both the team's recruiting coordinator and a perimeter coach. Third-year assistant coach Karen Caires (Cal State Northridge, 1990) works with the perimeter players, assists with scouting and recruiting and directs the Joan Bonvicini Hoop Camp. In his second year at the UA, assistant coach Curtis Loyd (Southern Utah, 1994) is involved with scouting and with coaching the post players.

    DID YOU KNOW: Since Joan Bonvicini took over the Arizona program in 1991, the Wildcats have gone 87-77 against Pac-10 teams, although they have a 53-21 league mark over the last five seasons combined.

    ARIZONA'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Here is the upcoming practice schedule for the Wildcats...

    Wed.    Jan.    10      3-5:30 p.m.     		McKale
    Thurs.  Jan.    11      vs. Washington State, 7 p.m.
    Fri.    Jan.    12      2-4:30 p.m.     		McKale
    Sat.    Jan.    13      vs. Washington, 2 p.m.
    Sun.    Jan.    14      OFF
    Mon.    Jan.    15      12:30-3 p.m.    		McKale
    Tues.   Jan.    16      4:30-7 p.m.     		McKale
    Wed.    Jan.    17      12-2:30 p.m. (lifting before)   McKale
    

    THE CATS AND PAC-10 OPENERS: Under Joan Bonvicini, Arizona has a 7-3 mark in Pac-10 openers and has won its first conference contest in seven of the last eight years.

    BRISTOL NAMED NATIONAL STAR OF THE WEEK (Jan. 8): After leading the Cats to a road sweep of the Bay Area schools, senior guard Reshea Bristol was named the WomensCollege-Hoops.com "National Star of the Week" for Jan. 2-9.

    A TALE OF TWO HALVES: Arizona seems to be a "second-half team" this season. The Cats are averaging 37.2 ppg during the first halves of this season's contests, out-scoring opponents by an average of only 4.8 ppg in that period. During the second halves of this season's games, though, the Wildcats are averaging 44.6 ppg and are out-scoring opponents by an average of 11.6 ppg for that period.

    STEPPING UP: Junior center LaKeisha Taylor seems to have come into her own over the last few Wildcat contests. During her first six games, Taylor registered only 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 58.3 percent (14-24) from the floor. However, over the last seven games, Taylor has averaged to 11.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while hitting 62.7 percent (32-51) from the field.

    BY THE NUMBERS: Eight of Arizona's wins this year have been by a total of 10 points or more... Four of those wins have been by spreads of 30 points or more... The Cats have hit four or more 3-pointers in 11 games... Arizona has had 15 or more assists in eight games... The Cats have had 10 or more steals in seven games... Arizona has forced its opponent into 20 or more turnovers in nine contests... The UA has scored 80 points or better in seven games.

    TOUGH EARLY GAMES: It may be only midway through the season, but the Wildcats have already played eight teams which competed in last year's NCAA tournament. Still ahead on the Pac-10 slate are three more NCAA tourney teams -- Stanford, Oregon and UCLA. Both of Arizona's losses this year have come at the hands of top-10 teams. The Cats lost to No. 5 Notre Dame (95-65) on Nov. 20, then fell to No. 9 Auburn (69-66) on Dec. 19.

    CRASHING THE BOARDS: The Wildcats are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 5.6 boards per game this year. The best rebounding margin of the season so far was against UPR-Mayaguez on Dec. 20, when the Cats out-rebounded the Bulldogs by 24. Individually, freshman Veranda James grabbed a team season-high 16 boards against Rice on Nov. 28. That's the highest individual single-game rebound total for any player since then-freshman Adia Barnes pulled down 18 against Arizona State on Jan. 7, 1995.

    GETTING TO THE LINE: Arizona is averaging 19.4 points per game from the free throw line so far this season. The Cats have made it to the free throw line 390 times over 14 games, for an average of 27.9 attempts per contest. The Wildcats have connected on 271 of those attempts (69.5 percent).

    THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have won 12 of their last 13 home games and are 30-6 on their home court over the last three seasons combined. During Joan Bonvicini's 10 seasons at Arizona, the Wildcats have posted a 99-41 mark in McKale Center. Arizona has a record of 165-149 on its home court since the 1976-77 season.

    STRONG SCHEDULE: Several of Arizona's 2001 opponents were listed in this week's national rankings. In this week's Associated Press Top 25, Notre Dame is No. 3, Oregon is No. 20, Stanford is No. 24 and Auburn is No. 25. Washington was among teams receiving votes for ranking. In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, Notre Dame is No. 3, Oregon is No. 20, Auburn is No. 23 and Stanford is No. 25. Washington and Kansas were among the teams receiving votes.

    CHECKING THE RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Reshea Bristol is third on the Arizona career list in free throws made (280), third in steals (208), fourth in free throws attempted (393), fifth in three-pointers attempted (204), sixth in three-pointers made (66) and eighth in assists (322). She is in the No. 13 spot on the UA's all-time scoring list, with 966 career points, and needs one point to move into the No. 12 spot. Junior forward Elizabeth Pickney is fourth on the career list in blocked shots (83), fourth in rebounding average (5.4 rpg), fifth in free throws made (257), sixth in scoring average (11.6 ppg) and seventh in free throws attempted (342). She recently joined the UA all-time top-20 scoring list, currently holding down the No. 19 spot with 870 career points. She needs four points to move to No. 18.

    WE CAN HANDLE THE CLOSE ONES...: Under head coach Joan Bonvicini, the Cats have gone 27-20 in games settled by five points or less, including a 9-4 mark in games settled by one or two points.

    ...BUT WE REALLY PREFER THE BLOWOUTS: Over the last 10 seasons, Bonvicini's Arizona teams have won 54 games by spreads of 20 points or more.

    80 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: It seems that the 80-point mark almost always means adding another to the "win" column for the Wildcats. In the 29-year history of UA women's basketball, the Cats have posted a 128-16 record when scoring 80 points or more in a game. Under Bonvicini, the Wildcats have gone 88-9 when topping that 80-point plateau.

    KEYS TO THE WIN: This season, Arizona is... 8-2 when out-rebounding its opponent... 10-0 when shooting better than its opponent from the floor... 11-1 when shooting 40% or better from the field... 9-1 when four or more players reach double digits in scoring... 7-0 when leading at halftime... 8-1 when forcing more turnovers than it commits... 11-0 when scoring 70 points or more... 10-1 when opponents score 71 points or less.

    ON LOCATION: Arizona has a 7-0 mark at home this year, is 4-1 on the road and is 1-1 in neutral games. The Wildcats were 12-3 at home last season, 9-4 in road games and 4-0 in neutral contests.

    CAT SCRATCHES: The Arizona women's basketball program has a 330-397 (.454) all-time record, however it is 134-61 (.687) from 1994 to present... Joan Bonvicini has a 177-91 career record against Pac-10 teams.

    WILDCATS ON TELEVISION: The Cats are currently scheduled to make television appearances for at least three more games...
    Sat., Feb. 10 at Washington St. Fox Sports Net 1 p.m. PST
    Sun., Feb. 18 USC Fox Sports Net 2 p.m.
    Thurs., Mar. 1 at Oregon State Fox Sports Northwest (taped delay)
    The Mar. 3 (at Oregon) and Mar. 10 (California) contests have been selected by Fox Sports Net as potential TV games. The television status of each contest will be determined approximately 12 days before the specified dates.

    BRISTOL NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Jan. 1): Wildcat senior guard Reshea Bristol was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Dec. 18-31. She helped lead Arizona to a 3-1 mark during that time frame, including all-tournament acclaim as the Cats earned runner-up honors at the San Juan Shootout. In wins over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Nebraska and Kansas and a narrow loss to then-No. 9 Auburn, she averaged 16.0 points, 5.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game in 123 total minutes of play. The Player of the Week honor is the second of Bristol's career.

    NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS: The Wildcats wrapped up regular season non-conference play this year with an outstanding 10-2 mark. Their only two losses were to No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 9 Auburn. During its 10 non-conference wins, Arizona averaged an astounding 86.8 points per game and out-scored opponents by an average of 24.9 points per game. Arizona has recorded a 60-14 mark against non-conference opponents over the last six years combined.

    WHAT A GAME!: During the Dec. 20 contest against UPR-Mayaguez at the San Juan Shootout, Arizona set a new school record for margin of victory by defeating the Bulldogs, 105-41, a margin of 63 points. That surpassed the previous record if 56 points (99-43) set only 12 days earlier against Bowling Green on Dec. 8. Arizona's 105 points in that contest is its highest offensive output since scoring 105 points against Sacramento State at home on Dec. 17, 1994. The 41 points scored by the Bulldogs is the best defensive effort since the Cats allowed Cal Poly-SLO to score only 39 on Jan. 9, 1996, in Tucson. The Cats also out-rebounded the Bulldogs by 24 (46-22), the best rebounding margin since the UA out-rebounded Sacramento State by 31 (59-28) during that Dec. 17, 1994 game.

    OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: For the first time in the program's history, the Wildcats had four consecutive games of 90 points or more. Arizona defeated UNLV (91-74) on Dec. 6, Bowling Green (99-43) on Dec. 8, Fresno State (92-55) on Dec. 10 and Louisville (90-60) on Dec. 17 to put together the first-ever string of four straight games with offensive outputs of 90+ points.

    PICKNEY NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Dec. 11): Junior forward Elizabeth Pickney was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Dec. 4-11. She averaged 20.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game while leading the Wildcats to a 3-0 record for the week. In the three home victories, she shot a combined .489 from the floor (23-for-47), .824 from the line (14-for-17) and hit her first career three-pointer. This is Pickney's second career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Arizona's 20th Player of the Week honor all-time.

    DISHING IT OUT: Against UNLV on Dec. 6, senior guard Reshea Bristol racked up a career-high 14 assists. That was the highest single-game assists total for any individual since former Wildcat Brenda Pantoja -- who was on UNLV's bench for that Dec. 6 game as an assistant coach -- collected 14 against Washington State at home on Feb. 29, 1996.

    GOOD BEGINNINGS: With Joan Bonvicini at the program's helm, the Wildcats have won six straight season openers and eight in the 10 years she has been at the UA.

    BRASE TO REDSHIRT: Wildcat junior guard Julie Brase will redshirt for the 2000-2001 season after having wrist surgery before the start of the season. Brase played in all 32 games last year, starting 19, and averaged 6.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

    WHAT THE COACHES THINK: Here is the predicted order of finish for the Pac-10 this season, according to the league's coaches... 1. Stanford, 2. Oregon, 3. USC, 4. ARIZONA, 5. Arizona State, t6. UCLA, t6. Washington, 8. Oregon State, 9. California, 10. Washington State. The Pac-10 women's basketball media members picked Arizona to finish fourth, as well.

    BUT WE CAN DO BETTER: In each of the previous three years, Arizona has equalled or bettered the Pac-10 coaches' pick for its finish... 2000 - picked fourth, finished tied for second; 1999 - picked fifth, finished fourth; 1998 - picked second, finished tied for second.

    CATS INK EARLY SIGNEES: The Arizona women's basketball program signed four players on the first day of the early signing period last week. Forwards Danielle Adefeso (Santa Monica, CA/St. Monica HS) and Shawntinice Polk (Hanford, CA/Hanford HS) and guards Robin Roberson (Berkeley, CA/Berkeley HS) and Dee Dee Wheeler (Chicago, IL/Dunbar HS) will all join the Wildcats for the 2001-02 season.

    PAC-10 APPROVES CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS: The Pacific-10 Conference Chief Executive Officers have approved the establishment of men's and women's post-season basketball tournaments. The men's tournament will be an eight-team event to be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The women's tournament will be a 10-team event hosted on campus by one of the Pac-10 members. Both tournaments will begin in March 2002. In each case, the winner of the Tournament will earn the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. The Conference previously conducted a men's tournament following the 1987 through 1990 seasons. It has never sponsored a similar event for women.

    OREGON TO HOST FIRST TOURNAMENT: Oregon has been selected as the first school to host the Pac-10 women's basketball tournament. The historical event will take place in March 2002 on the UO campus.

    1999-2000 IN REVIEW: After returning 10 letterwinners and all five starters from the previous year's squad, the 1999-2000 Wildcats utilized their depth and experience to roll to a 25-7 overall mark, setting a new school record for most wins in a season. The Cats garnered a 13-5 record in Pac-10 play, finishing in a tie for second with Stanford. Arizona opened the season with a nine-game win streak and went on to register an 11-1 mark in non-conference action. By winning their first Pac-10 game to improve to 12-1, the Cats tied the school record for the best start in the history of the program. Pac-10 play brought about several historical moments as well. With wins at Washington State and Washington during the second weekend of January, the Cats earned their first-ever road sweep of the Washington schools. They repeated the feat during the final weekend of the regular season, recording their first-ever road sweep of Stanford and California. The Wildcats earned their fourth consecutive NCAA tournament berth, ending up as the No. 8 seed in the Mideast Region. Arizona travelled to Knoxville, Tenn., where it downed No. 9 seed Kent, 73-61, in the first round of the tournament. The Cats faced No. 1 seed and eventual national runner-up Tennessee in the second round and put up a valiant fight, only to fall, 75-60. The UA set or tied 23 school records during the season, including most wins in a season (25), highest winning percentage (.781), most three-point field goals made in a season (162) and most points in a season (2,484). The Wildcats were ranked 21st in the final Associated Press Poll of the year and were 20th in the last USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Arizona finished the year as the Pac-10 leader in scoring (77.6 ppg), scoring margin (+9.9 ppg) and assists (17.94 apg). The Cats were second in three-point field goal percentage (.379), rebounding margin (+4.3 rpg), steals (10.31 spg), assist-to-turnover ratio (0.89) and 3-point field goals made (5.06 per game).

    ON THE INDIVIDUAL FRONT: With 12.7 points per game, forward Angela Lackey finished as Arizona's leading scorer for the second straight year. She was second in rebounding, at 5.3 per game. Fellow forward Tatum Brown was second in scoring, with 12.4 points per game, and was the team's top rebounder, with 7.7 boards per contest. Forward Elizabeth Pickney was third in both categories, averaging 9.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Guards Lisa Griffith (8.9 ppg), Reshea Bristol (8.6 ppg), Felecity Willis (7.8 ppg) and Julie Brase (6.1 ppg) followed on the scoring chart. Willis was the team's assists leader, at 5.3 per game, while Griffith had the highest steals average, at 2.1 per game. Tatum Brown ended the season as the Pac-10 leader in field goal percentage (.590) and was third in rebounding (7.7 rpg). Felecity Willis was third in the league in assists (5.28 apg), and Lisa Griffith was fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.420).

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