Jan. 10, 2012
TUCSON -Arizona (12-3, 1-2 Pac-12) and Oregon (9-7, 1-3 Pac-12) will continue the 2011-12 Pac-12 Conference women's basketball slate with a contest on Thurs., Jan. 12. Set to start at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT, the Wildcats and the Ducks will play at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
Arizona and Oregon will meet for the 54th time on Thursday and UO holds a 29-25 advantage over UA. The Wildcats won all three meetings between the two teams last year, twice in the regular season and once in L.A. for the Pac-10 Tournament. Since the 2006-07 season, the Wildcats hold a 6-5 advantage.
Arizona is 12-3 overall and 1-2 in Pac-12 play on the season, including a 5-1 road record. The Cats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 19.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game. She is backed up by sophomore forward Erica Barnes' 12.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Senior guard Shanita Arnold hands out 5.2 assists per game. The Wildcats are shooting 41.7 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from three-point range and 70.5 percent from the free throw line.
Oregon is 9-7 overall and 1-3 in Pac-12 play on the season, including an 8-1 road record. The Ducks are paced by senior guard Jasmin Holliday's 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Nia Jackson chips in with 10.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists. UO is shooting 39.3 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from three-point range and 70.9 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in three-point field goal percentage (.383) and three-point field goals made (6.7). Individually, Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (19.5), No. 9 in assists (3.7), No. 3 in free throw percentage (.789), No. 3 in steals (2.4) and No. 4 in three-point field goal percentage (.411). Barnes is No. 11 in scoring (12.8) and No. 4 in rebounds (9.0). Arnold is No. 1 in assists (5.2) and No. 2 in assist/turnover ratio (1.9). Freshman center Aley Rohde is No. 5 in blocked shots (1.9).
Nationally, Arizona ranks No. 8 in three-point field goal percentage with .383 and No. 46 in three-point field goals per game with 6.7. Individually on the national scene, Whyte ranks No. 24 in points with 19.5, No. 23 in three-point field goal percentage with .411 and No. 46 in three-point field goals per game (2.5). Arnold is No. 31 in assists per game with 5.2.
Last time out, in a game that saw four ties and nine lead changes, including a 16-point deficit, the Wildcats fell to the USC Trojans, 72-67, at McKale Center. Whyte led all scorers with 23 points and collected her third double-double of the season with 13 rebounds. She shot 9-of-19 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. In 38 minutes of play, she also had four assists and two steals. Barnes (17) and senior guard Reiko Thomas (16) were also good for double-digit efforts. Barnes also had eight rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes of play. Thomas was 4-of-5 from behind the arc and recorded four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 39 minutes of play.
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.