Feb. 17, 2012
Arizona and Washington will meet for the 55th time on Sunday and the Huskies hold a 34-20 record over the Wildcats. UW won the first game between the two teams earlier this season, 77-48. Last season, Arizona won both match-ups between the two teams, 61-58 in Tucson and 74-66 in Seattle. In the head coach Niya Butts era, Arizona has won five of seven contests.
Arizona is 14-12 overall and 3-11 in Pac-12 play on the season. The Wildcats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game. She is backed up by sophomore forward Erica Barnes' 11.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and 12.4 points from sophomore guard Candice Warthen. Senior guard Shanita Arnold hands out 4.8 assists per game. The Wildcats are shooting 39.7 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from three-point range and 71.8 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in free throw percentage (.718), three-point field goal percentage (.370), assists (13.8) and three-point field goals per game (6.6). Individually, Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (17.3), No. 9 in assists (3.5), No. 3 in free throw percentage (.794), No. 2 in steals (2.7), No. 1 in three-point field goal percentage (.394) and No. 2 in three pointers per game (2.3). Barnes is No. 17 in scoring (11.7) and No. 7 in rebounds (8.2). Arnold is No. 3 in assists (4.8) and No. 2 in assist/turnover ratio (1.7). Freshman center Aley Rohde is No. 6 in blocked shots (1.4).
Nationally, Arizona ranks No. 12 in three-point field goal percentage (.370) and No. 37 in three-point field goals per game (6.6). Individually on the national scene, Whyte ranks No. 50 in points with 17.3 and No. 48 in steals (2.7).
Washington is 13-11 overall and 5-9 in Pac-12 play on the season, including a 4-7 road record. The Huskies are led by 15.8 points and 3.2 rebounds from freshman guard Jazmine Davis. She is backed up by 15.8 points and 8.4 points from senior center Regina Rogers. UW is shooting 39.7 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from three-point range and 65.7 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Washington ranks among the top three in three-point field goal percentage (.345) and defensive rebound percentage (.702). Individually, Davis ranks No. 5 in scoring (15.8) and No. 5 in free throw percentage (.787). Rogers ranks No. 6 in scoring (15.8), No. 6 in rebounds (8.4), No. 2 in field goal percentage (.598) and No. 4 in offensive rebounds (3.5).
Sunday's game will air nationally on FSN. Steve Physioc will serve as play-by-play and Ros Gold-Onwude will serve as color analyst. 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.
Sunday's game vs. Washington is "Wag Your Tail at McKale" where fans are welcome to bring their dogs to the game, featuring doggie treats and dog-themed promotions. The Humane Society will be on site with pets for adoption and information on pet safety. There will be treats and water throughout McKale for dogs along with sanitation stations for pet owners. Owners can enter their dogs into the Most Spirited costume contest and participate in the halftime dog parade. There will also be dog-free areas of seating.
Postgame Sunday will feature a team autograph session and fans are welcome to bring their own items to be signed. For questions, please contact the athletic marketing office at 520-626-3077. For tickets to Arizona women's basketball games, please call 800-452-2287 or visit the McKale Center Ticket Office.