Jan. 9, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Head coach Niya Butts and the Arizona women’s basketball team (9-4, 1-1) will welcome Oregon State (6-8, 0-2) and Oregon (2-12, 0-2) to McKale Center this weekend for their first home Pac-12 Conference games. The Wildcats will welcome Oregon State on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. and Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m.
Arizona is coming off a 1-1 start to Pac-12 play after defeating Washington State, 71-65 in Pullman, Wash. on Friday and falling to Washington, 76-65, in Seattle on Sunday.
Senior guard Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.) earned two double-doubles on the weekend, scoring 12 points and dishing out 11 assists versus the Cougars and scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against the Huskies.
Junior Erica Barnes (Sacramento, Calif.) also had her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds at Washington.
Senior Cheshi Poston (Chicago, Ill.), juniors Kama Griffitts (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), Whyte and Barnes all scored in double digits in both contests.
Oregon State is coming off a tough weekend in Los Angeles after falling to USC, 56-55 and UCLA, 68-64. The Beavers are led by freshman Jamie Weisner, averaging 11.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Freshman forward Deven Hunter leads the team in rebounding with 7.5 rpg, while sophomore guard Ali Gibson leads in steals with 2.3 and junior guard Alyssa Martin leads in assists with 2.4.
As a team, OSU is shooting 38 percent from the field and leads the conference in blocked shots with 6.1 per game. Freshman Ruth Hamblin leads the team in blocks with 1.7 per game and senior Patricia Bright is not far behind with 1.6
In 2012, Arizona defeated Oregon State, 58-56 in Corvallis, Ore. It was the only matchup between the teams.
Before playing Arizona State on Friday, Oregon holds a 2-12 record after falling to UCLA, 89-80 and USC, 67-62 last weekend. The Ducks are led by freshman forward Jillian Alleyne at 15.4 ppg and 13.4 rpg.
Three other players are averaging in double figures, as junior guard Ariel Thomas is averaging 11.9, sophomore Amanda Delgado is averaging 11.4 and sophomore Lexi Petersen is averaging 11.0.
As a team, Oregon is shooting 36 percent from the field and leads the Pac-12 in free throw percentage at 74 percent.
In 2012, Arizona fell to Oregon, 87-73 in Eugene, Ore. in the only game of the season.
Both games will be streamed live at no cost at Lisa Salgado (color) calling the action.
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