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02-01-2008 Oregon State Notes
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Release: 02/01/2008
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Coming Up:

The Arizona womenˇ?s basketball team (8-13, 2-8 Pac-10) hosts the Oregon State Beavers (10-11, 3-7 Pac-10) on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in McKale Center.? The game will be Arizonaˇ?s second-annual ˇ?Think Pinkˇ± Breast Cancer Awareness Day.? Fans are encouraged to wear pink to help promote the fight against breast cancer.

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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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Joan Bonvicini Coachˇ?s Show:

Hosted by Wildcat radio announcer Derrick Palmer, the Joan Bonvicini Coachˇ?s Show is broadcast live from 6-7 p.m. every Monday on KTUC 1400 AM and is held at the Varsity Clubs of America, located at Speedway and Alvernon. The show features Bonvicini with several special guests, ranging from players to staff members.

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Oregon Recap:

Arizonaˇ?s Ashley Whisonant scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half to lead the Wildcats to a 65-60 victory over Oregon on Thursday.

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Whisonant, Arizonaˇ?s leading scorer on the season, did not make a field goal in the first half, but made 7 of 12 shots after the break, including a driving lay-up with 24 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 64-60 lead

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Arizona (8-13, 2-8), which had lost 9 of its last 10 games, also had Ify Ibekwe scoring 16, while Amina Njonkou added 11.

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Taylor Lilley led Oregon (10-11, 4-6) with 22 points, with the guard making 8 of 11 shots, including 5 of 7 from three-point range.

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Whisonant, who scored 15 of Arizonaˇ?s last 19 points in the game, connected on a free throw to go ahead 60-53 with 2:21 left.

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Kaela Chapdelaine connected on a three-pointer to get the Ducks to within 60-58. Ibekwe responded with a lay-in before Tamika Nurse again cut the lead to two with 43 seconds left.? Whisonant responded with her drive and then had a free throw to secure the win

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Lilley scored 11 straight Duck points, with her lay-up with 8:15 remaining cutting the deficit to 52-47.

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Whisonant scored seven straight points to give the Wildcats a 50-40 advantage with 10:43 remaining. Whisonant connected on a mid-range jumper, two free throws and then a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down.

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Rheya Neabors had a lay-in and Tasha Dickey connected on a three-pointer for an Arizona 43-36 lead.? The Wildcats had a seven-point lead earlier before Lilley broke a five-minute scoring drought to open the second half with a three-pointer to narrow Arizonaˇ?s gap to 38-34.

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Arizona scored nine straight points before Lilley made a desperation 3-pointer from 30-feet out before the halftime buzzer sounded to cut the Wildcatsˇ? lead to 34-31.

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A Quick Look at Arizona:

Arizona averages 64.5 points a game while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 25.7 percent from three-point range, and 65.3 percent from the free throw line. Senior Ashley Whisonant leads Arizona with 16.2 points a game (4th in the Pac-10) while posting 3.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game (3rd in the Pac-10).? Junior Amina Njonkou adds 13.6 points and 7.0 rebounds a game.

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About the Beavers:

The Oregon State Beavers enter Saturdayˇ?s game with a 10-11 overall record and a 3-7 mark in the Pac-10.? OSU has lost its last three straight games, and six of its last eight contests.? The Beavers are 3-5 on the road so far this season, including a 0-5 mark on the road in Pac-10 play.? As a team, OSU shoots 43.3 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from three-point range and 71.8 percent from the free throw line.? Individually, Ashley Allen leads the team with 16.4 points a game, and Brittney Davis adds 13.4 points a game.? ? Head coach LaVonda Wagner is in her third season at the helm of the Beaver program.

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Series Notes:

Saturdayˇ?s game will be the 49th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and Beavers on the hardwood, with Arizona owning a 25-23 all-time series advantage.? Last season, OSU defeated Arizona, 69-62, on Jan. 13 in Gill Coliseum, but Arizona knocked off the Beavers, 65-61 on Feb. 8 in McKale Center during the regular season.? Arizona also scored a 69-54 win over OSU in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament on March 2.? OSU beat Arizona, 94-88, in the infamous 2-on-5 double overtime game on Jan. 3 earlier this season in Corvallis.? Since 1998, Arizona is 16-8 against the Beavers.

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Payback:

Arizona gets a second shot at Oregon State on Saturday, as the teamˇ?s last meeting with the Beavers didnˇ?t go in favor of the Wildcats.? On Jan. 3, Arizona used a roster of six players to travel to Corvallis, Ore.? In that game, the ? Wildcats relinquished a 12-point lead at halftime and led by as many as 16 points in the second half before giving the game away to the Beavers.? The game went into double overtime, as Arizona finished the contest with two players on the court.

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Streaky:

After beating New Mexico on the road in ˇ?The Pitˇ± (Dec. 15), the Wildcats had posted their fourth-straight win and were rolling with a 6-4 record.? Since that game, Arizona had lost eight-straight games before beating Washington State on Jan. 24, its longest losing streak since dropping nine-straight during the 2005-06 season.

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The Newest Wildcats:

The Arizona womenˇ?s basketball team has added walk-on Ashley Gilpin and Sabreena Berger to its roster, head coach Joan Bonvicini has announced.?

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Gilpin, a senior from Las Cruces, N.M., is a 5-foot-9 guard currently studying psychology at the UA.? She hails from Mayfield HS, the same high school current Wildcat Marie McGee attended, and where the two were teammates.

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Berger, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, is from San Diego, Calif., and played high school ball at Point Loma HS.

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On the Road, Again:

The Wildcats have been racking up those frequent flyer miles so far this season, playing nine of their first 15 games on the road.? With trips to Washington, Oregon, Green Bay, Wis., Penn State, NC State, Long Beach, Calif., and New Mexico under their belts, the Wildcats have already racked up a grand total of 19,822 round trip miles.? 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 285-216 (.569) mark at Arizona and is 610-287(.679) 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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500:

Head coach Joan Bonvicini reached another milestone last Saturday.? Saturdayˇ?s game at Washington marked head coach Joan Bonviciniˇ?s 500th game as the leader of the Wildcat program.? She became just the sixth coach in Arizona history in any sport to coach 500 games.

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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 21 games, Arizona has been outscored 723-604 by opponents in the first half, and is 4-12 when trailing at the half.? When leading at the half, Arizona is 4-1, as the Wildcats relinquished their first halftime lead at Oregon State (Jan. 3) after being up by 12 at halftime and leading by as many as 16 points in the second half.? In its last game, Arizona held a 34-31 lead over Oregon at halftime, which translated into a 65-60 win.? It was Arizonaˇ?s first halftime lead since leading Oregon State at the half on the road.

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Shoot better = W:

As simple as it may seem, Arizonaˇ?s best equation for winning ball games is to shoot better than its opponents.? The Wildcats are 8-3 so far this season when outshooting the opposition.? UA outshot Oregon 45.3 percent to 44 percent on Thursday night.

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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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Making History:

Arizonaˇ?s shooting against Cal on Jan. 19 made some dubious school history.? In that game, the Wildcats shot a school record low 24.1 percent from the field (13-54) in Pac-10 play.? Arizonaˇ?s 13 field goals in the game are also a school record low in Pac-10 play.

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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 403 times (19.2 free throw attempts per game), but is only shooting 65.3 percent (263-403) from the charity stripe.? Opponents are shooting 71.0 percent (260-366) from the line against the Cats.

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Against Oregon, Arizona was 15-of-22 (68.2 percent) from the free throw line.

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Make Those Free Throws:

Free throw shooting has been a major factor in Arizonaˇ?s ability to win and lose games.? In the Wildcatsˇ? loss against USC (Dec. 28), 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 (Jan. 30), 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 Oregon State comeback (Jan. 3) 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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Against Oregon (Jan. 5), the Wildcats erased a 16-point second half deficit and trailed 56-53 with 1:10 left to play, but shot 12-of-20 (60 percent) from the charity stripe.

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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 21 games, Arizona has forced 423 turnovers on the opposition, which equates to an average of 20.1 turnovers a game. Arizona forced 16 turnovers on Oregon in its last game, as the Wildcats turned the ball over a season-low 15 times on the other end.

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Ball Thieves:

The Wildcats have shown they can scratch at opponents, posting 175 steals so far on the season for an 8.3 steals per game average.? Arizona ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in the steals department, and had four steals against Oregon, while registering eight steals in each of its last two outings.

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Rejectmuch:

Last season, Arizona tallied 51 blocked shots the entire season.? This year, it is a different story.? The Wildcats surpassed last yearˇ?s total in 15 games with 53 blocks, and owns 79 blocks in 21 games.? Arizona currently ranks second in the Pac-10 in the blocks department behind Stanford, averaging 3.76 blocks a game.? A big reason for the complete 180 when it comes to blocks has to do with junior Beatrice Bofia and her 21 blocks shots so far this season.? Freshman Ify Ibekwe is second on the team with 19 blocked shots.? Sophomores Marie McGee and Rheya Neabors have 11 blocks apiece to their credit.? Arizona has posted four blocks or more in 10 games so far this season, including seven of the last eight contests, including 16 blocked shots in the last three games.? In the last eight games, Arizona is averaging 5.4 blocks per contest.? Arizona finished with four blocks against Oregon led by Ibekweˇ?s three rejections.

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Paint Job:

So far, Arizona has been doing a solid job scoring in the paint.? Through 21 games, the Wildcats have posted 707 points in the paint, which accounts for 52.2 percent of the teamˇ?s point production (1,354), and average 33.7 points per game down low.? Arizona outscored Oregon 38-26 in the paint on Thursday.

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Pac-10ˇ?s Best:

In Pac-10 play, a few Wildcats have been tearing it up.? Through 10 Pac-10 contests, senior Ashley Whisonant is averaging 18.0 points a game, tops in the Pac-10, and a league best 39 minutes of action.? Junior Amina Njonkou is third in scoring and rebounding with 16.1 points and 7.8 rebounds a game in league play, and junior Beatrice Bofia is second with 1.4 blocks a game in Pac-10 play.

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AW Leads the Way:

Senior guard Ashley Whisonant has been counted on to lead at the point this season, and she has flourished in that position.? So far, Whisonant has played at an All-Pac-10 level.? The Bowie, Md., native is averaging a team-high 16.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game while snagging 1.8 steals a contest. ?She is also averaging a team-high 37.6 minutes per contest.? Whisonant ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring average, third in assists 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 at Oregon State on Jan. 3.? 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 continue to climb up the Arizona all-time point leader list this season.? So far this season, Whisonant has moved up nine spots on the all-time Arizona scorers list, and currently ranks fifth all-time with 1,344 career points in 114 games (11.7 career ppg average).? Her 20 points last Saturday at Washington moved her past Timi Brown (1987-91, 1,315 points) for fifth-place all-time in school history.? She now needs 123 points to tie former teammate Shawntinice Polk (2003-05, 1,467 points) for fourth all-time.

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On Fire:

So far this season, Whisonant has posted double-figures in points in 18 of 21 games, including the last nine-straight as she has been on an absolute tear as of late.? In her last nine games, Whisonant is averaging 19.1 points a game.? She posted 15 points, 13 in the second half to go with four rebounds, four assists and four steals at Washington State, and finished with a game-high 20 points on 10-of-19 shooting to go with seven assists and three steals at Washington.? Against Oregon, Whisonant posted 22 points, 20 of which came in the second half.

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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 on 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 360 career assists, Whisonant is now the No. 9 assists disher in Arizona history.?

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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 15-straight games including double-doubles in the last six of the last 12 games.? Over the last 15 contests, Njonkou is averaging 15.1 points and 7.9 rebounds a game over that span.? In the last 12 games, Njonkou is posting 16.1 points and 8.3 rebounds a game.?

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Against ASU, Njonkou finished with a career-best 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and a 9-of-11 mark from the free throw line to go with five boards.? Against Stanford, she posted 13 points but finished with just two rebounds, and had 10 points and eight rebounds against Cal.

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Against Washington State, Njonkou finished with a career-high tying 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field (both career highs) to go with 10 rebounds.? She had 15 points and three rebounds against Washington, and 11 points and eight rebounds against Oregon Thursday night.

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On the season, Njonkou is posting 13.6 points and 7.0 rebounds a game while shooting 49.7 percent (98-197) from the field, the seventh-best mark in the Pac-10.? In Pac-10 play, Njonkou is averaging 16.1 points and 7.8 rebounds a game, and is shooting a team-best 76.1 percent (89-117) from the free throw line.

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Double-Double Machine:

Before her 17 point and nine rebound performance against Oregon State (Jan. 3), 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 eight double-doubles so far on the season after finishing with 24 points and 10 boards against WSU, two behind Calˇ?s Ashley Walker for the Pac-10 lead.

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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 7.2 points and 2.4 rebounds a game in 24.3 minutes of action.? Dickey is also third on the squad with 27 steals, and has started in 15 games so far this season.? Against Oregon, Dickey finished with six points and three assists in a season-high 36 minutes of action.? In Pac-10 play, Dickey posts 7.8 points a game.

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Big Lift:

Sophomore Rheya Neabors has been picking up her game as of late. The 6-foot-1 lefty forward had posted 13 points in three-straight games before finishing with six points against Oregon.? It started with 13 points against Arizona State on Jan. 12.? She then finished with 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting from three point range to go with a career-best six assists and a career-high four blocked shots against Washington State.? She followed that performance up with 13 points and three rebounds against Washington.? On the season, Neabors is averaging 8.1 points and 3.9 rebounds a game.

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Spark Plug:

When freshman Ify Ibekwe is on the floor, you will definitely take notice.? The 6-foot-1 forward seems to be everywhere on the court for the Wildcats, and always seems to be around to grab a rebound, block a shot or snatch a steal.? Since coming back from an eye injury, Ibekwe is averaging 6.5 points and 7.3 rebounds a game.? She has posted six or more rebounds in each of the last five games, including 11 against California and 10 against Washington.? She is also second on the team with 19 blocks and 28 steals so far this season.? Through 15 games, Ibekwe leads the team with a 7.6rebounds per game average and posts 9.5 points a game. ?Against Oregon, Ibekwe finished with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field to go with six rebounds and three blocks.

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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 ? hit to road and travel up I-10 for a game at archrival Arizona State on Friday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.

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