Feb. 23, 2011
TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats and the No. 11/9 UCLA Bruins continue the Pac-10 slate of women's basketball games with a 7 p.m. MT contest on Thurs., Feb. 24, at McKale Center.
For Thursday's game, fans who wear their favorite basketball jersey (youth, high school, college or professional) will pay a reduced $3 ticket fee (youth, adult and senior) for admission. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Cats as they go for an upset of the Bruins. Arizona currently sits at fifth place in the Pac-10 standings. The Wildcats have won three-straight Pac-10 games and are 10-2 when playing in the friendly confines of McKale Center.
"Arizona basketball fans are the best around and they truly help us win games," head coach Niya Butts said. "We've had some great atmospheres in McKale this season for our games and we need that again Thursday. UCLA is a tough team but I think we match up well against them. We learned a lot in our last game with them and we're playing for the upset Thursday. It'll be even better to get that win with a big crowd on hand to cheer us on."
The Arizona Wildcats and the No. 11/9 UCLA Bruins will meet for the 65th time on Thursday. UCLA holds a 45-19 advantage over Arizona. The Bruins have won seven-straight and 10 of the last 11 contests with the Cats, including a 70-60 win earlier this season in Los Angeles. UA last defeated UCLA, 66-63, Feb. 15, 2007, at Pauley Pavilion.
The Arizona Wildcats are 16-9 overall and 7-7 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging in double figures: sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.3), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (15.7) and senior forward Soana Lucet (10.8). 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 (235, 9.8) and defensive rebounds (162, 6.8). Freshman forward Erica Barnes leads the league in field goal percentage (69-116-.595). Arnold ranks No. 2 in assists with 5.1 (127 total) and No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.5). As a squad, Arizona ranks in the top three in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, assists and turnover margin.
The No. 11/9 UCLA Bruins are 22-3 overall and 12-2 in Pac-10 play. Darxia Morris paces the Bruins with 12.5 points per game while Jasmine Dixon chips in with 12.2 points per game. Dixon leads at the glass with 7.3 rebounds per game. In the Pac-10 ranks, UCLA ranks in the top three in scoring defense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, rebounding defense, rebounding margin, assists, steals, turnover margin, assist/turnover ratio, offensive rebounds, defensive rebound percentage and offensive rebound percentage.
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. Entering their third season calling Arizona Wildcat women's basketball games will be Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Alysiah Bond (color). Live video and stats are also available at ArizonaWildcats.com. For Pac-10 home contests, games are carried in Spanish on Tucson's KTKT-AM 990. Francisco Romero calls the action. Live stats are also available at ArizonaWildcats.com.
Arizona will host No. 11/9 UCLA on Thurs., Feb. 24 (7 p.m. MT) and USC on Sat., Feb. 26 (4 p.m. MT). Saturday's game will include Senior Day Ceremonies to recognize the Wildcat senior class.