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01-04-2008 Oregon Game Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/04/2008
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Coming Up:

The Arizona womenˇ?s basketball team (6-8, 0-3 Pac-10) looks for a split on its road swing in the Pacific Northwest and end a current four-game skid at Oregon (7-6, 1-1 Pac-10) on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. in McArthur Court.? The Wildcats are also trying to snap a two-game losing streak to the Ducks.

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Catch the Action:

As always, Arizona women's basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400, with Derrick Palmer and Shannon Hobson calling the action from courtside.? Please visit www.arizonaathletics.com for all of your live stats and live video needs.

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Oregon State Recap:

Arizona squandered a 16-point second half lead and played the final 1:28 of regulation and two overtime periods with four players or less to fall in a wild game at Oregon State, 94-88, on Thursday night in Gill Coliseum.? Arizona went into the game with a squad of six players.

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As a team, Arizona shot 53 percent (39-73) from the field, including a 10-of-13 mark (76.9 percent) in overtime.? Oregon State shot 40.5 percent (32-79) in the game, as the Wildcats outrebounded the Beavers 49-45.? UA was just 9-of-19 from the free throw line (47.4 percent) in the game.

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Senior Ashley Whisonant led Arizona with a career-high 34 points, and junior Beatrice Bofia added a career-high 10 points and 18 rebounds.? Junior Amina Njonkou finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, and freshman Tasha Dickey tallied 12 points.

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Junior Brittney Davis led OSU with 30 points, and senior Ashley Allen added 29 points

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Whisonant put in two quick layups to give Arizona a 4-0 lead in the first minute which led to an 18-5 Arizona advantage at the 14:28 mark, as the Wildcats started the game making eight of their first 11 baskets (72 percent).? Oregon State responded with seven-straight points over the next 3:26 to cut the deficit to 18-12 with 11:54 left in the first.? Arizona then rallied with a 14-4 run of its own over the next six minutes, and took a 32-16 lead on a fast-break layup by Njonkou at the 5:58 mark.?

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Arizona went into halftime up 39-27, as the Wildcats shot 18-of-34 (52.9 percent) from the field, holding the Beavers to a 10-of-25 mark (40 percent).? Njonkou (12 points) and Whisonant (13 points) combined for 25 first-half points to lead the Wildcats.

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Oregon State outscored Arizona 8-2 in the first 6:13 of the second half to cut the Arizona lead to 43-38, but the Wildcats responded with a 13-2 run over the next 3:33 to expand their lead to 56-40 with 11:14 left to play.? OSU then outscored Arizona 16-5 over the next 8:13 to cut the deficit to 61-56 with 3:58 left in the game, and trailed 63-60 with 1:46 left after a pair of free throws by Davis.

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After Marie McGee fouled out at the 1:46 mark, and Dickey fouled out with 1:29 left to play, a three by Allen tied the game up at 63-63 at the 1:19 mark, as the Wildcats played with four players.? Whisonant put in a layup with 1:02 left on the clock to give Arizona a 65-63 lead, but Allen hit two free throws to tie things back up at 65-65 with 41 seconds left to play.? On the ensuing possession, Whisonant could not handle the OSU full-court press and turned the ball over with 27 seconds left.? The Beavers, however, gave Arizona the ball back after a turnover by Mercedes Fox-Griffin with 14 seconds left.? A Njonkou turnover with nine seconds left gave the ball back to the Beavers, but Beatrice Bofia blocked Fox-Griffinˇ?s layup attempt to send the game into overtime.

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Whisonant scored two layups in the first 1:30 of overtime to give Arizona a 71-67 lead, and the Wildcats went up 73-67 after a lay in by Sara Hays with 3:14 on the clock.? OSU closed within 73-72 with 2:33 left on a free throw by Fox-Griffin, but Arizona expanded its lead to 75-72 after a jumper by Njonkou with 1:41 left.? OSU then scored on two-straight possessions to take a 76-75 lead with 1:09 left, but Bofia hit a jumper with 52 seconds left to put Arizona up 77-76, and Hays hit the first of two free throws to give Arizona a 78-76 lead with 34 seconds left to play.? Njonkou had a chance to put the game away, but missed the first free throw on a one-and-one opportunity with 11 seconds left.? Davis then hit two free throws with six seconds left to send the game into a second overtime.

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Bofia scored on a layup, and Whisonant put in a layup in the first 40 seconds of double-overtime to give Arizona an 82-78 lead.? Njonkou gave the Wildcats an 85-83 lead with 2:51 left after hitting a free throw, but fouled out with 2:28 left to put just three Wildcats on the floor.? Whisonant scored another layup to give Arizona an 87-83 lead with 1:42 left, but three-straight OSU lay ins gave the Beavers a 89-87 lead with 1:09 left in the game.? Whisonant fouled out with 1:01 left in double-overtime, and Arizona finished the game with just Hays and Bofia on the court.

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Sophomores Rhaya and Rheya Neabors were held out of Thursdayˇ?s game against Oregon State.? Rhaya missed the game because of personal reasons, and Rheya missed action due to academic responsibilities.? Freshman Ify Ibekwe missed her fifth-straight game due to an eye injury, and senior Jessica Arnold missed her seventh-straight game due to a concussion.

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About the Ducks:

The Oregon Ducks enter Saturdayˇ?s game with a 7-6 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the Pac-10.? The Ducks lost to Arizona State Thursday night, 63-50.? Oregon is 3-2 at home so far this season.? As a team, Oregon shoots 39.7 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from three point range and 73.5 percent from the free throw line (second in the Pac-10).? Individually for the Ducks, Taylor Lilley leads the team with 13.2 points a game, and Ellyce Ironmonger adds 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds a game.? Head coach Bev Smith is in her seventh year at the helm of the Oregon program.

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Series Notes:

Thursdayˇ?s game will be the 46th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Ducks on the hardwood, with Oregon owning a 26-19 all-time series advantage.? Last season, The Ducks beat Arizona, 86-73, on Jan. 11 in Eugene, Ore., and 59-55 on Feb. 10 in McKale Center. ?Arizona has won eight of the last 12 meetings in the series, but has dropped three of the last four to the Ducks.

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Be Proud:

No matter how it looked in the box score, those who witnessed Thursdayˇ?s game at Oregon State will tell you just how hard the Wildcats fought on the court.? With a squad of only six players, Arizona took it to the Beavers, leading by as many as 16 points for much of the game.? Despite letting its lead slip away, Arizona continued to fight with four players on the court for the final 1:28 of regulation and the first overtime to force a second overtime.? In double OT, the Wildcats still couldnˇ?t be put away easily.? Arizona even held a lead in the double overtime with just three players on the court.? Heart, determination, grit, and a never-say-die attitude kept the Wildcats alive when all odds were against them.

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On the Road Again:

Another week of basketball, another week of traveling for Arizona.? This season, the Wildcats have been racking up those frequent flyer miles so far this season, playing seven of their first 14 games on the road.? With trips Green Bay, Wis., Penn State, NC State, Long Beach, Calif., and Albuquerque under their belts, the Wildcats have already racked up 13,698 round trip travel miles on the season.? Arizona is now in Oregon to add another 2,784 round trip miles for a grand total of 16,482 miles (and it is only January).? Weˇ?ll keep you posted on when the Wildcats earn their free round trip to anywhere in the United States.

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Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini (17th season):

The winningest coach in Arizona women's basketball history, Joan Bonvicini has taken the Wildcat program from obscurity into the national limelight. In her 17 seasons at the helm, Bonvicini has guided the Wildcats to nine postseason appearances, including seven NCAA Tournament berths and a WNIT Championship.? Under Bonvicini's tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 11 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history.

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During this time, Arizona has been nationally ranked multiple times, including a best ever ranking of No. 7 in 1998.? Bonvicini's success is mirrored in her players' accolades. She has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-America selections, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 22 All-Pac-10 honorees, 17 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 18 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 283-211 (.573) mark at Arizona and is 608-282(.683) in 29 years as a head coach. On Feb. 8, 2007, Bonvicini became the 18th coach in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to reach the 600 win milestone with a 65-61 victory over Oregon State in McKale Center. She has a career record of 24-17 in NCAA Tournament play and has lost just two first-round games in 17 tourney appearances.

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Road Warriors:

With a wins against Long Beach State and New Mexico, the Wildcats managed to win two-straight road games for the first time since the 2004-05 season.? Arizona last won two-straight on the road in December of 2004 with wins at Chicago State and Washington.?

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Pit This:

Arizona went into New Mexicoˇ?s Pit and did something most visiting teams canˇ?t do: win.? The Wildcats snapped the Lobosˇ? 13-game home winning streak with their 44-36 win, as New Mexico was 7-0 on the season before Saturdayˇ?s game.

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Slow Starts:

Through 14 games, Arizona is getting outscored 470-404 by opponents in the first half, and is 3-7 when trailing at the half.? When leading at the half, Arizona is 3-1, as the Wildcats relinquished their first halftime lead on Thursday against Oregon State after being up by 12 at halftime and leading by as many as 16 points in the second half.

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Almost History:

Arizonaˇ?s 44-36 win over New Mexico came very close to some intriguing historical proportions.? Arizonaˇ?s 44 points in the win was the programˇ?s lowest point total in a victory since beating Utah, 46-36, on Jan. 17 1974.? Arizonaˇ?s school low for a point total in a win is 36 in a win (36-30) over Northern Arizona on Feb. 10, 1973.

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Toe That Line:

So far, the Wildcats have shown an ability as a team to get to the free throw line.? Arizona has made it to the line 275 times (19.6 free throw attempts per game), but is only shooting 63.6 percent (175-275) from the charity stripe.? Opponents are shooting 70.8 percent (182-257) from the line against the Cats.?

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Make Those Free Throws:

Free throw shooting has been a major factor in Arizonaˇ?s ability to win games.? In the Wildcatsˇ? loss against USC, Arizona shot 17-of-29 from the line (58.6 percent) against the Women of Troy, including a 13-of-23 (56.5 percent) mark in the second half.? Poor shooting from the line kept Arizona from making legitimate comeback attempt at the end of the game, as the Wildcats scored five-straight points in the final 22 seconds of the game to cut the deficit to seven points.? Against UCLA, Arizona shot 19-of-29 from the line (65.5 percent) against the Bruins, including an 11-of-18 mark (61.1 percent).? Even though the 19 free throws were the second most for the Wildcats on the season, not being able to hit free throws in the second half prevented another comeback attempt, as Arizona cut the deficit to six points with 33 seconds to play in the game.

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Despite playing with six players, and with four players down the stretch, Arizona could have held off an OSU comeback had it hit its shots at the line.? The Wildcats shot a season-low 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the free throw line against the Beavers, including a 3-of-7 mark in the first half, and a 3-of-8 mark in overtime.

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Remove the Lid:

In the last three games, Arizona is shooting 58.4 percent (45-of-77) from the free throw line.

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Got More Baskets:

After making a season-low 17 field goal attempts against the Bruins in its previous game, Arizona turned things around on the offensive side of the ball against Oregon State.? Arizona made a season-high 39 field goals on a season-high 73 attempts for a 53.4 percent mark from the field, the second-best shooting percentage on the season.

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What do you know about Pressure?:

Arizona can put on some pressure defense, and opponents have shown they canˇ?t handle it.? Through 14 games, Arizona has forced 299 turnovers on the opposition, which equates to an average of 21.4 turnovers a game.? Arizona forced 22 turnovers on Oregon State on Thursday, but committed a season-high 32 TOs on the other end.

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Ball Thieves:

The Wildcats have shown they can scratch at opponents, posting 134 steals so far on the season for a 9.6 steals per game average.? Arizona has racked up 120 steals in its last 12 games (10.0 spg), including a season-high 14 against Portland, NC State and NAU.? Arizona ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in the steals department.

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Paint Job:

So far, Arizona has been doing a solid job scoring in the paint.? Through 14 games, the Wildcats have posted 505 points in the paint, which accounts for 54.3 percent of the teamˇ?s point production (930), and average 36.1 points per game down low.? In its last seven games, Arizona has outscored the opposition 253-176 in the paint, including a 56-44 advantage over Oregon State on Thursday night.

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Lotta Action:

So far, a lot of Wildcats are getting a lot of action.? Through 14 games, nine Wildcats are averaging double figures in playing time, led by senior Ashley Whisonantˇ?s 37.5 minutes per game average.? Against Oregon State, three players played 45 minutes or more in the game.

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AW Leads the Way:

Senior guard Ashley Whisonant will be counted on to lead at the point this season, and she has already flourished in that position.? So far this season, Whisonant has played at an All-Pac-10 level.? The Bowie, Md., native is averaging a team-high 15.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game while snagging 2.0 steals a contest.? She is also averaging a team-high 37.5 minutes per contest.? Whisonant ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring average, third in assists per game, eighth in steals per game, and first in minutes per game.?

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Game of a Lifetime:

Ashley Whisonant showed why she is one of the best players in the Pac-10 on Thursday against the Beavers.? Whisonant led a team of just six players with a career-high 34 points in 48 minutes of action.? Her 34 points is the fourth-best mark in school history, one point shy of the all-time school record (35 points).? She tied a school record with 15 field goal attempts, and set a new school record with 29 field goal attempts.

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All-Time Scorer:?

Ashley Whisonant scored her 1,000th career point in the final game of the season last year, and look for her to climb up the Arizona all-time point leader list this season.? With 76 points in the first three games, Whisonant moved past Kim Conway (1,060 points, 1990-94) for the No. 13 spot on the all-time scoring list.? Now standing at 1,181 career points (104 games), Whisonantˇ?s eight points against New Mexico allowed her to pass Yolanda Turner (1984-87) in the No. 12 position, and passed former teammate Natalie Jones (1,149 points, 2003-06) for sole possession the No. 11 spot.? With 34 points against OSU, Whisonant passed Lisa Griffith (1,199 points, 1997-2000) for the No. 10 spot in school history, and now stands 10th all-time in school history with 1,223 career points in 107 games.? She needs four more points to pass former Wildcat Amy Gryzb (1,227 points, 2000-04) for ninth all-time.

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Ms. 100:

Senior Ashley Whisonant has been a constant in the Arizona lineup ever since her freshman season, and she is one pace to be one of Arizonaˇ?s all-time leaders in games played.? She played in her 100th career game against NAU (Dec. 6), and is on pace to finish her career with 123 games played, a figure that will rank No. 3 all-time in school history.

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Looking For a Dime:

With each dime Ashley Whisonant dishes out, she is moving to the top of the line on Arizonaˇ?s all-time career assists list.? With 330 career assists, Whisonant needs 4 more to claim the No. 10 spot in school history.?

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Ms. Wildcat:

Freshman Tasha Dickey, simply put, was born to be a Wildcat.? The daughter of two former Arizona athletes, Dickey has shown her tremendous athletic ability on the court.? On the season, she is averaging 7.1 points and 1.9 rebounds a game in 21.8 minutes of action.? Dickey is also second on the squad with 23 steals.? Against UCLA, Dickey posted 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, including a 2-of-3 mark from three point range in just 18 minutes of action, and finished with 12 points and three steals against Oregon State.

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Stepping Up her Game:

Sophomore Marie McGee is playing a more vital role in the Arizona lineup this season, as the Las Cruces, N.M., native has broken into the starting lineup.? Against Oregon State, McGee was all over the floor, doing the little things to help Arizona win.? She finished with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, three rebounds, three assists, a career-high three blocks and two steals.? On the season, McGee is averaging 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds a game in 22.1 minutes of action per contest.? As a starter, she is averaging 6.5 points and 3.1 rebounds a game.

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Amina the Bull:

Junior forward Amina Njonkou is a force down low in the paint, and her strength allows her to bull over defenders.? The 6-foot-1 Cameroon native has posted double-figures in points in the last eight-straight games including double-doubles in the last four of the last five games.? Over the last eight contests, Njonkou is averaging 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds a game over that span. ?In the last five games, Njonkou is posting 16.6 points and 10.8 rebounds a game.?

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Against NAU, she finished with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field to go with six rebounds and a career-best five steals.? Against Long Beach State, she had her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.? Versus Boise State, Njonkou finished with 10 points and three rebounds, and had 14 points and a season-high 12 rebounds in a career-high 34 minutes of action against New Mexico.? Against UW-Green Bay, Njonkou posted a career-high 18 points to go with 10 rebounds in a career-high 35 minutes of action, sinking a career-best eight free throws on 11 attempts. ?Against USC on Friday night, Njonkou finished with a career-best 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting and a season-high 12 rebounds.? She was also 8-of-10 from the free throw line. She then posted 12 points and 11 rebounds a game against UCLA on Sunday.

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Against OSU, Njonkou finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in 46 minutes of action, making a career-best eight field goals on 12 attempts.

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On the season, Njonkou is posting 12.5 points and 7.1 rebounds a game while shooting 49.6 percent (63-127) from the field, the eighth-best mark in the Pac-10.

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Double-Double Machine:

Before her 17 point and nine rebound performance against Oregon State, Amina Njonkou had posted double-doubles four straight games, putting her in some very exclusive company in the Arizona history books.? Njonkou became the first player to record four-straight double-doubles since Shawntinice Polk posted five-straight double-doubles during the 2003-04 season (Feb. 7-19).? Njonkou has six double-doubles so far on the season.

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Queen B:

Junior Beatrice Bofia earned her first career start on Thursday and responded with a career night.? The 6-foot-7 center finished with her second double-double with career-highs of 10 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots in 45 minutes of action.? Her 18 rebounds were the fourth-most in school history, and her five blocks is the highest total for a Wildcat since 2004.

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Getting It Done:

Although she was the only bench player, junior Sarah Hays played tough against the Beavers on Thursday.? The 6-foot-1 forward finished with six points and a career-best 10 rebounds to go with two assists and a block in 33 minutes.? On the season, Hays is averaging 3.4 points and 3.7 rebounds a game.

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Cats Picked To Finish Eighth in the Pac-10:

The University of Arizona womenˇ?s basketball team was selected to finish eighth in the Pac-10 Conference in a preseason vote by the conferenceˇ?s head coaches.? The Wildcats garnered 31 points in the poll, as seven-time defending Pac-10 champion Stanford was chosen as the favorite to win this yearˇ?s Pac-10 title.

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The Cardinal received eight of 10 first-place votes and 79 points, as Arizona State received a first-place nod and tallied 71 points to place second. California was tabbed to finish third with a first-place vote and 68 points, followed by fourth-place USC with 56 points and fifth-place UCLA with 44 points. Washington grabbed 41 points to place sixth, followed by Oregon (34), as Arizona (31), Oregon State (16) and Washington State (10) rounded out the poll.

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Tough Schedule:

Year in and year out, Arizona never runs away from a challenge, but rather takes on the best teams in the nation head on during the nonconference schedule before playing in the always daunting Pac-10 Conference.

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The Wildcats will play 29 games during 2007-08, 13 games in McKale Center and 16 on the road, with 14 games scheduled against teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament last year.

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The UA will take on 10 teams that competed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, with non-conference matchups against Middle Tennessee State, Pittsburgh, Boise State, New Mexico, NC State, and UW-Green Bay, along with Pac-10 series against California, Stanford, Washington and Arizona State.

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Rank This:

Arizonaˇ?s tough schedule is apparent when you take a look at this yearˇ?s preseason rankings.? In the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN and AP Preseason poll, five of the top 25 teams in the nation will play the Wildcats during the regular season.? Arizona will face No. 9 Stanford, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 14 California, No. 21 Pittsburgh and No. 25 NC State.? Additionally, six other Arizona opponents (Middle Tennessee, USC, New Mexico, UCLA, Boise State and Wisconsin-Green Bay) each received votes in the poll.

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Up Next:

Arizona will have a week off before hosting archrival Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. in McKale Center.

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