COMING UP:The Arizona women’s basketball team (6-12, 2-6) faces California (13-5, 5-3) at 1 p.m. (PST) Sunday, Jan. 22. The game will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. Live audio of the game is available at www.arizonaathletics.com, as well as on KJLL 1330 AM in Tucson.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE WILDCATS:Arizona suffered its worse loss of the season, falling 82-51 to Stanford at Maples Pavilion Thursday night. The Wildcats shot 31 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line on the game, but made just 2-of-18 (11 percent) from three-point range. Stanford, meanwhile, shot 46 percent from the field, 50 percent from downtown and 67 percent from the charity stripe on the game. Arizona, which had out-rebounded the Cardinal by four in the first half, was out-rebounded 49 to 39 on the game. Sophomore Ashley Whisonant led Arizona with 12 points. She was the only Wildcat to reach double-digit scoring. Freshman Whitney Fields paced Arizona with six rebounds.
Junior Joy Hollingsworth leads Arizona this season with 14.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Whisonant adds 13.4 points per game, while senior Natalie Jones averages 13.3 points. As a team, the Wildcats are shooting 39 percent from the field, compared to the 47 percent of their opponents. They are also being out-rebounded 36.0 to 38.3.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:Freshmen Devanei Hampton (17 points, 14 rebounds) and Ashley Walker (10 points, 10 rebounds) each posted double-doubles and Alexis Gray-Lawson tallied a game-high 23 points to lead California to a 66-64 victory over No. 13 Arizona State Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. The win marked Cal’s first over a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll since Dec. 21, 1998. Cal shot 55 percent on the game and held ASU to just 36 percent. The Bears were able to pull out the win despite turning the ball over 24 times and hitting only 52 percent of their free throws (13-of-25). However, Cal out-rebounded ASU 45 to 35 and held ASU’s starters to only 25 points on 10-of-33 shooting.
On the season, the Bears are led by Hampton, who averages 15.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Gray-Lawson adds 14.6 points, while Walker averages 12.8 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds. As a team, Cal is shooting 44 percent from the field on the season, compared to the 36 percent of its opponents. The Bears are also out-rebounding their opponents 39.5 to 35.2.
SERIES SHORTS:Arizona leads the all-time series with California 28-14. The last time the two teams met, on Feb. 5, 2005, Arizona lost 70-61 in Berkeley. The Wildcats are 16-4 at home, 12-9 away and 0-1 at a neutral site vs. the Golden Bears.
INJURY UPDATE:Sophomore Ch?© Oh suffered a concussion at Stanford on Thursday and is out five days. Freshman Amina Njonkou re-injured her right foot at Stanford on Thursday and is questionable for Sunday’s game.. Junior Linda Pace suffered a left knee injury against Washington State on Dec. 29 and is out for the rest of the season.
RANKING IN THE PAC-10:As a team, Arizona ranks in the bottom half of the conference in every statistical category but offensive rebounds (second), turnover margin (fourth) and free throw percentage (fourth).
Individually, several Wildcats rank in the Top 10 in various categories. Senior Natalie Jones is third in free throw percentage (.829), sixth in minutes per game (34.8) and seventh in steals (2.2). Junior Joy Hollingsworth is fifth in three-point field goal average (2.0), ninth in offensive rebounds (2.5), and 10th in both scoring (14.1) and minutes per game (32.8). Sophomore Ashley Whisonant is seventh in assists (3.6), while freshman Whitney Fields is second in offensive rebounds (2.9). Sophomore Ch?© Oh is third in offensive rebounds (2.8).
ROAD WOES:Arizona has yet to win a game on the road this season (0-6). In fact, over the past six seasons, the Wildcats have had a winning record in Pac-10 road games only once (5-4 in 2003-04).
SHOOTING SORROWS LEAD TO LOSSES:In each of their 12 losses this season, the Wildcats have had a worse shooting percentage than their opponents. In fact, the three times Arizona has produced a better field goal percentage than its opponent (Furman, Lehigh, Chicago State), the team has also won the game. Three times (Loyola Marymount, Washington State, Oregon) the Wildcats have shot worse than the other team and still managed to win the game.
SHOOTING THE THREE OFTEN:Arizona has made 90 three-pointers this season, while its opponents have made 91. The Wildcats have 67 more attempts than their counterparts, which accounts for the difference in percentage (37 percent compared to 29 percent).
HALFTIME SCORE INDICATIVE OF FINAL RESULT:In Arizona’s 18 games this season, the halftime score has been indicative of the final result 15 times. The Wildcats are 1-10 when trailing at the intermission and 5-2 when leading. The only two games Arizona lost after leading at halftime were against Central Connecticut State and Utah.
HACK AWAY:The Wildcats are fouling quite a bit this season. In its 18 games, Arizona has committed more fouls than its opponent 12 times and the same number once. The Wildcats have fouled less than their opponent only five times, against Chicago State, Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon State and Oregon. Arizona has committed 20 or more fouls in eight games this season, six of which have been losses.
WILDCAT TRIFECTA:Senior Natalie Jones, junior Joy Hollingsworth and sophomore Ashley Whisonant lead the Wildcats this season. The trio account for 61 percent of the team’s points. Hollingsworth and Whisonant have reached double-digit scoring in 15 of the 18 games, while Jones has 10 or more points in 14 games.
JONES STARTS 80TH STRAIGHT GAME:Senior Natalie Jones started her 80th consecutive game at USC on Jan. 8. On her career, the guard has started 87 total games.
LACK OF SIZE EXPOSED:With the death of 6-5 Shawntinice Polk and the medical redshirt of 6-2 Shannon Hobson, Arizona is left without much size inside. As a result, the Wildcats have been out-rebounded in 13 of their 18 games this season. In those 13 games, the Wildcats have managed just 33.6 rebounds to their opponents’ 40.5 (-6.9).
CURRENT CATS ON UA CAREER LISTS:Senior Natalie Jones ranks sixth all-time at Arizona in both free throw percentage (.767) and three-point field goals attempted (340), seventh in three-point field goals made (98) and 10th in minutes per game (27.8). She looks to become just the 14th Arizona player ever to score 1,000 or more points as she has 957 on her career.
PAC-10 ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS:Arizona boasts several of the Pac-10’s active career statistical leaders. Senior Natalie Jones ranks second in assists (279), fourth in steals (165), fifth in scoring (953) and three-point field goals made (98), and seventh in rebounds (472). Junior Joy Hollingsworth ranks eighth in scoring (823).
GOING POLLING: Six of Arizona’s 2005-06 opponents (Stanford, Maryland, UCLA, USC, Utah and Arizona State) were nationally ranked in the various preseason polls. Pac-10 power Stanford was ranked as high as No. 8, while Pac-10 teams USC and Arizona State were ranked in all four polls.
STACKED PAC:As a conference, the Pac-10 finished last season ranked as the third toughest conference in the nation after sending five teams to the NCAA Tournament. Finishing ahead of the Pac-10 were the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference.
TOUGH SCHEDULE:The Wildcats have a challenging schedule that includes 12 games against eight teams (Arizona State, Maryland, Oregon, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, USC, Utah and Wisconsin-Green Bay) that made it to the NCAA Tournament last year. Of those teams, six advanced to the second round, while Arizona State made it to the Sweet 16 and Stanford to the Elite Eight.
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH, SEVENTH IN PAC-10:Arizona was picked to finish sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Wildcats garnered 42 points, just one point behind fifth-place Oregon. In the media poll, Arizona was picked to finish seventh in the conference, receiving 59 votes.
WILDCATS ON THE RADIO:All of Arizona’s games this season are broadcast on Tucson’s Jolt, KJLL 1330 AM. Paul Johnson is in his 11th year as the Wildcats’ play-by-play announcer.
WILDCATS ON TELEVISION:The Wildcats have one more game this season that will be broadcast on FSN:
Sunday, Jan. 22 - 1 p.m. (PST) at California (FSN)
In addition, the Wildcats’ games at home against Stanford (Feb. 18) and at Arizona State (Feb. 25) are "wild card" games that could get picked up in the Pac-10 television package.
UP NEXT: Arizona continues its four-game road swing with a trip to the state of Washington. The Wildcats face the Huskies at 7 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, Jan. 26, before traveling to Pullman for a 2 p.m. (PST) game at Washington State on Saturday, Jan. 28.