Feb. 27, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Niya Butts and the Arizona women’s basketball team (12-15, 4-12) will close out the regular season to host USC (8-19, 5-11) and No. 17 UCLA (21-6, 12-4) this weekend.
The Wildcats will welcome USC on Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m. and UCLA on Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. Sunday’s game will honor seniors Cheshi Poston (Chicago, Ill.) and Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.) for their careers as members of the Arizona women’s basketball team.
UA is coming off a pair of close losses to rival ASU, falling 81-77 in double-overtime at home on Tuesday and 59-58 in Tempe, Ariz. on Sunday.
In the contests, Whyte dominated both games, earning the program’s first triple-double in history with 31 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. She followed up with 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists on Sunday.
Junior Kama Griffitts (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) also continues to be a contributor for the Wildcats with her 11.5 points per game and 5.0 rebounds, while junior Alli Gloyd (Phoenix, Ariz.) chips in 6.0 rpg.
Under fourth-year Head Coach Michael Cooper, USC is led by junior Cassie Harberts with 17.9 ppg and 7.9 rpg. Sophomore Ariya Cook also averages in double figures with 13.5 ppg.
As a team, USC ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (.684), blocks (3.7), assists (13.0) and offensive rebounding percentage (.359). The Trojans started the conference season out strong, winning its first five games, but is currently riding an eight-game losing streak.
Southern California holds a 51-20 advantage in the all-time series dating back to 1977. The Trojans have won the last three contests, including a 75-57 victory in Los Angeles on January 27, 2013.
UCLA is led by second-year Head Coach Cori Close. Three players average in double figures as Atonye Nyingifa leads the team with 11.8 ppg, Alyssia Brewer averages 10.9 and Markel Walker adds 10.4. Walker also leads the team in rebounding with 7.7 rpg.
As a team, the Bruins rank at the top of the Pac-12 in steals (10.9) and assists (16.6) and second in offensive rebounds (15.9).
UCLA leads the all-time series with Arizona, 49-21, including a 73-57 win in Los Angeles earlier in the season.
Friday’s game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network, with Ann Schatz and Ros Gold-Onwude calling the action.
It will also be streamed live at no cost at Lisa Salgado (color) calling the action.
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