Dec. 9, 2003
WHAT'S HAPPENING: With a school-record active home win streak of 16 games, the University of Arizona women's basketball team continues its four-game homestand this weekend. In the midst of a stretch that will see them play seven of eight games on their home court, the Wildcats will face Brigham Young on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., then Arizona will entertain Texas State on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. Both games will take place in the McKale Center.
Ticket prices both days are $6 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens, $4 for youth (high school and under) and $4 for UA students. UA students with Zona Zoo passes can gain free admission.
Friday's game will be Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night -- all UA faculty and staff members can receive two free tickets to the game. Admission for faculty and staff on Sunday is $4.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON FRIDAY: Just before the start of the BYU contest on Friday, the Wildcats will hold a special presentation for Shawntinice Polk to commemorate her participation with the gold-medal-winning United States team at the World Championship for Young Women in Croatia last summer.
HOME WIN STREAK STANDS AT SIXTEEN: With their win over UMass on Dec. 7, the Wildcats extended their home win streak to 16 games, setting a new school record for the longest home win streak in the program's history. The previous record was 15 games from Jan. 4, 1999, to Jan. 6, 2000.
#00 - Shawntinice Polk (C, 6-5, So., Hanford, Calif.)
#44 - Danielle Adefeso (C, 6-2, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.)
#11 - Dee-Dee Wheeler (G, 5-6, Jr., Chicago, Ill.)
#13 - Aimee Grzyb (G, 5-7, Sr., San Jose, Calif.)
#23 - Natalie Jones (G, 5-10, So., Anchorage, Alaska)
OFF THE BENCH:
#5 - CoCoa Sanford (F, 6-0, So., Inglewood, Calif.)
#15 - Anna Chappell (F, 6-1, So., Qualicum Beach, B.C.)
#30 - Jessica Duger (G/F, 5-10, Sr., Lake Havasu City, Ariz.)
#50 - Shannon Hobson (F/C, 6-2, Fr., Perris, Calif.)
#21 - Katrina Lindner (G, 5-6, So., Glengowrie, Australia)
#10 - Linda Pace (G, 5-9, Fr., San Diego, Calif.)
#25 - Rachael Schein (G/F, 5-11, Fr., Las Vegas, Nev.)
SCOUTING ARIZONA: On a modest four-game win streak, the Wildcats pummeled American University (75-63) and Massachusetts (74-42) at home last weekend to win the 13th annual Fiesta Bowl Women's Classic.
Despite picking up two more victories last weekend, the Wildcats have dropped out of both polls completely for the first time since Nov. 25, 2002. After being ranked No. 25 in last week's USA Today Coaches Poll, Arizona just missed being ranked this week with 61 votes. The Cats also lost several votes in the AP Top 25, receiving just 32 votes this week after earning 47 votes last week.
Sophomore All-America candidate Shawntinice Polk continues to lead Arizona in both scoring (16.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg). Junior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is second on the scoring chart, averaging 15.9 points per game, followed by senior guard Aimee Grzyb with 10.4 ppg.
Junior center Danielle Adefeso is the team's second-leading rebounder, averaging 6.3 per game, and she is fourth in scoring at 7.9 ppg. Sophomore forward CoCoa Sanford is the Cats' third-leading rebounder, at 4.9 rpg.
ARIZONA IN THE PAC-10 STATS: Through games of Dec. 7, Arizona is second in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage defense (.283), third in scoring (71.6 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.455), third in rebounding defense (32.3 rpg), third in rebounding margin (+5.9 rpg), tied for third in turnover margin (+4.00) and is fourth in blocked shots (3.71 bpg).
Individually, Polkey is third in field goal percentage (.635), fourth in rebounding (7.7 rpg), fourth in blocked shots (2.57 bpg) and sixth in scoring (16.9 ppg). Dee-Dee Wheeler is third in the conference in assists average (5.57 apg), eighth in scoring (15.9 ppg) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.44). Aimee Grzyb is third in three-pointers made per game (1.86 pg) and 16th in scoring (10.4 ppg), while Danielle Adefeso is fifth in field goal percentage (.585) and 11th in rebounding (6.3 rpg). Natalie Jones is fourth in the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.09) and tied for ninth in assists average (3.29 apg).
SCOUTING BRIGHAM YOUNG: The Cougars are 4-2 on the season, heading into a road contest at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday. BYU won a pair of away games last week, defeating Nevada (63-53) on Dec. 2 and Santa Clara (75-63) on Dec. 4. BYU's meeting with the Cats will wrap up a four-game road swing for the Cougars.
Junior forward Danielle Cheesman leads BYU in scoring, averaging 13.5 ppg, and is second in rebounding, at 7.3 rpg. Sophomore forward Ambrosia Anderson is a very close second in scoring (13.2 ppg) and is the Cougars' top rebounder, averaging 7.7 per game. Junior guard Julie Sullivan is the only other player averaging in double digits in scoring, tallying 11.0 ppg.
Head coach Jeff Judkins (Utah, 1978) has a 47-23 record in his third season with the Cougars.
THE SERIES vs. BYU: Brigham Young leads the all-time series with Arizona, 5-3, although the Wildcats logged a 76-71 win in the last meeting between the two teams on Nov. 18, 2000, in Tucson. That contest marked the first time the two teams had met since 1979. BYU and Arizona played frequently during the 1970s, with the Cougars logging four straight wins from 1976-79.
LAST MEETING WITH BYU: Four Wildcats scored in double figures as Arizona beat Brigham Young, 76-71, at home on Nov. 18, 2000.
Guard Tysell Bozeman scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half, leading the Wildcats for the game. She missed four of her first five shots in the first stanza, but pulled Arizona to within one (19-18) with a three-pointer at 6:30. She then made two more shots, one a 3-pointer, and hit two free throws to help Arizona take a 36-23 halftime lead.
BYU battled back in the second half, taking a one-point lead with 16:18 remaining, but Arizona's defense shut down the Cougars for a while, and the Wildcats held on for the win. The Cats also controlled the boards at key times, out-rebounding BYU, 41-36, for the game.
The play of two freshmen down the stretch was also a big plus for the Wildcats. Rookie forward Veranda James notched a double-double in her first collegiate game with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Then-freshman Aimee Grzyb added 12 points off the bench and played solid perimeter defense in the second half.
Grzyb's steal and fastbreak lay-up with 4:06 left in the game gave the Wildcats an 11-point lead, 68-57. She also made 3-of-4 free throw attempts in the final 2:10 to help ice the game.
SCOUTING TEXAS STATE: Texas State (formerly Southwest Texas State) is 0-5 on the year after an 88-27 loss at Texas on Dec. 3. The Bobcats will be coming off an 11-day break when they face Arizona on Sunday.
Averaging 13.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, junior center Tori Talbert leads Texas State in both categories. Senior guard Julie Brooks is the squad's second-leading scorer, averaging 7.2 ppg, followed by senior forward Aleise Johnson with 6.6 ppg. Senior center Kristie Hinton is second in rebounding, at 5.6 boards per game.
In her seventh season at the helm of the Texas State program, Suzanne Fox (Abilene Christian, 1990) holds a 68-106 mark with the Bobcats. She is 185-139 in 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
THE SERIES vs. TEXAS STATE: The series between Arizona and Texas State is tied at 1-1. Arizona won the last matchup between the two teams, 74-58, on Dec. 18, 1995, in Tucson.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Wildcats have won 25 of their last 32 home games and are 101-22 on their home court over the last seven seasons combined. Under head coach Joan Bonvicini, the Wildcats have posted a 132-50 mark in McKale Center. Arizona has an all-time record of 198-158 on its home court since the 1976-77 season.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Wildcats hit the road again next weekend, heading to Albuquerque, N.M., to take on New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. Arizona returns home the weekend after that to open Pac-10 play on Saturday, Dec. 27, against Washington at 2 p.m. The Cats cap that weekend's action on Monday, Dec. 29, against Washington State at 7 p.m. Arizona remains at home to face rival Arizona State on Friday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Two Wildcats should reach the 1,000-point plateau in career scoring this season. Junior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler has scored 955 points in her career, needing 45 points to reach 1,000. Senior guard Aimee Grzyb has amassed 940 career points, just 60 away from 1,000.
Whenever one of these players reaches that 1,000-point mark, she will be the first new addition to the UA "1,000-Point Club" since both Elizabeth Pickney and Reshea Bristol joined that list during the 2000-01 season. The "1,000-Point Club" at Arizona is currently comprised of 10 former Wildcats.
STEPPING UP: Junior center Danielle Adefeso has really made her presence felt on the floor for the Wildcats of late. Over the last three contests, Adefeso has averaged 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting a blazing 65.2 percent (15-23) from the floor. She logged new career highs against American on Dec. 6 with 13 points and 10 rebounds, the first double-double of her career.
AS DEE-DEE GOES...: So goes her team, or at least that's the way it has been for the last two years. Over the last two seasons, Arizona has posted a perfect 10-0 mark when Dee-Dee Wheeler reaches the 20-point mark. During Wheeler's career, the Wildcats have gone 25-5 when she scores 15 points or more.
In the Cats' five wins this season, Dee-Dee Wheeler has averaged 17.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game and shot 50.8 percent (33-65) from the field. However, in the Wildcats' two losses, Wheeler averaged only 11.0 ppg and shot just 28.1 percent (9-32) from the floor.
LOOKING AT THE TRENDS: The season may be young, but the Wildcats are already developing some trends in their wins and losses. This season, Arizona is... 5-0 when tied or leading at the half, but 0-2 when trailing at halftime... 5-0 when shooting better than its opponent, but 0-2 when shooting worse... 5-0 when giving up 67 points or less, but 0-2 when giving up 70 points or more.
STRUGGLING OFFENSE: Through the first seven games of this season, the Cats have averaged just 71.6 points per game. That's the lowest scoring average through the first seven contests of any season since the 1994-95 team opened with a 65.0 ppg scoring average.
GOING POLLING: Eight of Arizona's 2003-04 opponents were either nationally ranked or received votes for ranking in this week's polls.
According to the Associated Press poll, Stanford is No. 6, UC Santa Barbara is No. 15, LSU is No. 18, and Oregon is No. 22. Washington and Virginia were among the teams that received votes for ranking.
In the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll, Stanford is No. 5, UC Santa Barbara is No. 17, Louisiana State is No. 21, Washington is No. 23, and Oregon is No. 24. Virginia, Arizona State and California were all among teams that received votes for ranking.
WE LIKE TO SCORE: During Joan Bonvicini's tenure at Arizona, Wildcat teams have won 70 games by margins of 20 points or more. Ten of those blowouts happened last season alone, and the Cats have logged two more 20-plus wins already this year.
LOVE THOSE TV GAMES: Dating back to the 2001-02 season, Arizona has won 12 of its last 18 televised contests. The Wildcats were 6-0 in televised games during 2001-02, but were just 6-6 on TV last year.
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 32-year history of UA women's basketball, the Cats have posted a 149-21 record when scoring 80 points or more in a game. Under Bonvicini, the Wildcats have gone 109-14 when topping that 80-point plateau.
CURRENT CATS ON THE UA CAREER LISTS: Wildcat senior guard Aimee Grzyb is third in career three-pointers made (161), third in three-pointers attempted (450), fourth in three-point percentage (.358), fifth in minutes-played average (30.8 mpg), eighth in total minutes played (2991), 10th in games started (79) and 18th in total points (940).
Junior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is third in career scoring average (14.5 ppg), third in minutes-played average (31.3 mpg), sixth in three-point field goals made (96), sixth in three-pointers attempted (275), seventh in career three-point percentage (.349) and 16th in total points (955).
Although only a sophomore, Shawntinice Polk has already broken into Arizona's career lists in several categories. She is first in career field goal percentage (.613), second in double-doubles (23), third in blocked shots (98) and seventh in minutes-played average (28.9 mpg).
CAT SCRATCHES: The Arizona women's basketball program has a 379-433 (.467) all-time record, however it is 169-76 (.690) from the 1996 season to present... Joan Bonvicini has a 208-112 career record against Pac-10 teams.
ON LOCATION: This season, the Wildcats have a 3-0 record at home, are 1-1 on the road and 1-1 in neutral contests. Last year, Arizona was 13-1 at home, 7-6 on the road and 2-2 in neutral games.