March 4, 2011
TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats and the Oregon Ducks will wrap up the final weekend of the Pac-10 women's basketball regular season with a 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT contest on Sat., March 5, at Eugene's Matthew Knight Arena.
The Arizona Wildcats and the Oregon Ducks will meet for the 53rd time on Saturday. The Ducks lead the series 29-23 over the Wildcats. Earlier this season, UA opened its Pac-10 slate with a 109-94 win over UO. Last season, the two teams split the home and home series with Arizona winning 119-112 in overtime at McKale on Jan. 16 and the Ducks winning 92-74 on Feb. 11 at McArthur Court. Since the 2008 season, Arizona holds a slight edge over Oregon, 4-3.
The Arizona Wildcats are 18-10 overall and 9-8 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging in double figures: sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.6), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (15.5) and senior forward Soana Lucet (10.9). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 9.8 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 5.1 assists per game.
Ibekwe leads the Pac-10 in rebounds (265, 9.8) and defensive rebounds (186, 6.9). Arnold ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10 in assists (143, 5.1) and No. 4 in assist/turnover ratio (1.5). Freshman forward Erica Barnes is No. 1 in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (69-116-.595). Arizona ranks in the top three in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage and assists.
The Oregon Ducks are 13-15 overall and 4-13 in Pac-10 play. Amanda Johnson paces the Ducks with 16.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. In the Pac-10 ranks, Oregon sits in the top three in scoring offense, three-point field goal defense, rebounding offense, blocked shots, steals, turnover margin, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and three-point field goals made.
Last time out, the Wildcats picked up their third-straight Pac-10 road win with a 50-46 victory at Oregon State. Ibekwe played the entire 40 minutes and collected her 11th double-double of the season with 15 points and 16 rebounds, including 11 defensively. She also picked up five steals, handed out three assists and blocked four shots. Ibekwe was one of three Cats to score in double digits with 16 points from Whyte and 11 points from Lucet. Whyte also had five rebounds, three steals and dished out two assists.
Last time out against Oregon, the Wildcats won their Pac-10 opener at McKale Center. For the first time since Jan., 16, 2010, the Wildcats eclipsed the 100-point mark with a 109-94 win over the Oregon Ducks. Against the Ducks, Arizona made a school record 46 field goals. Arnold led all scorers with a career-best total of 25 points. She was 11-of-13 from the field and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe. She also pitched in with seven assists and four steals. Arnold was one of six Wildcats scoring in double figures including Ibekwe (19), junior guard Brooke Jackson (14), Barnes (13), Lucet (12) and Whyte (11).
All Wildcat games can be heard live in Tucson on KTUC AM 1400. All broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pre-game show. In their third season calling Arizona Wildcat women's basketball games are Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Alysiah Bond (color). Live stats are available at ArizonaWildcats.com. Live video is available at GoDucks.com.
The Wildcats will close out the Pac-10 regular season with Saturday's game at Oregon on March 5. The 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament will begin Wed., March 9, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.