COMING UP: The University of Arizona women's basketball team (7-15, 1-9 Pac-10) closes out its four-game home stand against No. 20 California (15-5, 6-4 Pac-10) on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. in McKale Center.
CATCH THE ACTION: Saturday’s game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net with Cathy Nelson and Tracy Warren calling the action from courtside.
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STANFORD RECAP: Brooke Smith had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 9 Stanford to its 15th straight victory, 86-76 over
The Cardinal (17-3, 10-0) scored the first eight points of the game, built a 22-point first-half lead and then held off an
Jayne Appel made 9-of-10 from the field for 18 points for Stanford. Candice Wiggins added 18 points, Cissy Pierce had 15, and Kristen Newlin had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Joy Hollingsworth led
Hollingsworth's 3-pointer with 6:44 left got the Wildcats to 71-64.
But Wiggins hit a 3-pointer and a layup after getting a loose ball under the bucket to put Stanford ahead by 12.
The Wildcats came within 80-72 with 2 minutes remaining, but Appel put the game away with a mini-hook to put Stanford back ahead by 10 with 1:06 left.
Stanford built its big first-half lead by turning it up a notch midway through the half, making 11-of-15 field goal attempts to go ahead 42-22 with 2:30 left following a layup from Smith. Arizona had cut the lead to 13-12 on a jump shot by Burns, but a 3-pointer from Michelle Harrison and six straight inside points from Appel gave Stanford a nine-point burst that started the Cardinal's hot streak.
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ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS: The University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears enter Saturday’s game with a 15-5 overall record and a 6-4 mark in the Pac-10.
THE CALIFORNIA-ARIZONA SERIES: Saturday’s game will be the 46th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Golden Bears on the hardwood, with
Under Bonvicini's tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 10 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history. During this time,
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, 21 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 11 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 273-197 (.582) mark at
WIN #600: As mentioned above, head coach Joan Bonvicini stands just two wins shy of 600 in her career. With two more wins, she will become the 18th coach in NCAA history to accomplish the 600 win plateau.
DO WE PLAY HERE?: Arizona finally got to enjoy the comforts of playing at home in McKale Center, as the Wildcats finish out a season-long four-game home stand this week.
According to collegerpi.com,
Vs. RANKED OPPONENTS: On Saturday against
HOME AGAINST THE PAC:
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
CARDIAC CATS: So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.
MAGIC NUMBER: So far this season,
PUTTING UP POINTS: In the last two games,
RUN IT, RUN IT: So far this season,
25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs.
21 points: 30-9 run over the final 6:53 of the first half at UTEP
18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs.
16 points: 16-0 run over 3:13 in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech
16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at
15 points: 15-0 run over 4:40 in the first half vs. GW
14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs.
12 points: 16-4 run over 5:16 in the second half vs. Stanford
12 points: 17-5 run over 3:30 in the second half vs. UCLA
12 points: 12-0 run over 5:55 in first half vs. NC State
12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs.
11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs.
10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs.
10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs.
10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW
10 points: 10-0 run over 3:54 in the first half vs. USC
THE BIG, BAD RUN: Although
26 points: 31-5 scoring run to
21 points: 26-5 run to Texas A&M in the final 7:31 of the first half
20 points: 26-6 run at
19 points: 27-8 run to Stanford over 7:41 in the first half
16 points: 16-0 run to
16 points: 21-5 run to UTEP in the final 3:37 of the game
14 points: 17-3 run at
13 points: 13-0 run to
13 points: 16-3 run to Louisiana Tech over 5:29 in the first half
12 points: 14-2 run to USC over 7:14 in the first half
12 points: 13-1 run at
12 points: 16-4 run to
12 points: 15-3 run to
11 points: 16-5 run to USC over 4:04 in the second half
11 points: 15-4 run to USC in the final 4:23 of the game
11 points: 15-4 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to UCLA over the final 2:34 of the first half
WATCH YOUR POCKETS: The Wildcats have excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this season.
A RARITY: Against Stanford on Thursday night, the Wildcats recorded a season-low one steal in the entire game. Junior Suzy Bofia tallied the team’s lone take away.
OFFENSIVE BOARDS: So far this season, the Wildcats have done a solid job on the offensive glass. On the year, the Wildcats have grabbed 294 offensive rebounds, leading to 274 second-chance points.
LOOKING FOR DIMES: The Wildcats have been moving the ball around on offense, and it shows in the stat column.
PAC-10 PRODUCTIVITY: Through 10 Pac-10 games,
PLAYING CLOSE: In
Against last Thursday UCLA,
BAD/GOOD: On Thursday, the Wildcats played the game like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: one bad half of basketball transformed into one good half of basketball. In the first half against the Cardinal,
SWISH: The Wildcats seemed to have found their mark from three point range on Thursday, as
BURNS IS BACK: Sophomore Kelsey Burns made the most of her playing time against Stanford, posting a season-high 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, including a 2-of-5 mark from three point range. She also finished with a season-high two rebounds and a season-best 15 minutes of playing time. Burns scored a total of five points in seven games before Thursday.
STAYING ON POINT: Sophomore Malia O’Neal played solid for the Wildcats in reserve on Thursday, registering nine points on three-of-four shooting from three point range. Her three treys and four three point attempts were both career highs. On the season, the
GIVE HER THE ROCK: Joy Hollingsworth has been on a tear offensively as of late, averaging 20.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.1 steals in her last seven games.
She posted 13 points and four rebounds against Stanford on Thursday.
MS. CONSISTENCY: Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has become one of
Last Thursday against USC, Njonkou posted her third double-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high four assists. Against Stanford on Thursday, Njonkou finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists. So far this season, she has recorded five rebounds or more in 20 of her 22 games. In her last three games, Njonkou is averaging 11.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists a game.
SOLID PLAY: Junior Suzy Bofia has put together back-to-back solid performances. On Thursday against Stanford, Bofia finished with eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, with a rebound, a block and a steal in 20 minutes of action. Against UCLA last Saturday, she posted eight points and six rebounds in 19 minutes of play. The
BRING IT: Like every season,
This week, six of
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN PAC-10: The
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as