Jan. 14, 2011
TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils will continue the Pac-10 slate of women's basketball games with a contest at 3 p.m. MT on Sun., Jan. 16, at Wells Fargo Arena. Sunday's game will be televised nationally on FSN. Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will be hand on for play-by-play and color commentary.
The Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils will meet for the 79th time on Sunday. ASU leads the series with UA, 48-30. Last season, the Wildcats dropped both contests to the Sun Devils. Arizona last defeated Arizona State, 56-49, in Tucson on Jan. 26, 2005. The Wildcats last claimed a victory, 72-61, in Tempe on Feb. 26, 2000.
The Arizona Wildcats are 11-4 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging double-digit points in sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.0), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (14.7) and senior forward Soana Lucet (11.7). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 10.5 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 5.9 assists per game.
Currently, Wildcat players lead the Pac-10 in rebounds (Ibekwe, 147, 10.5 pg), assists (Arnold, 88, 5.9 pg) and defensive rebounds (Ibekwe, 96, 6.9 pg). As a team, the Wildcats rank in the top three in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, field goal percentage, assists, turnover margin, assist/turnover ratio and defensive rebounds.
The Arizona State Sun Devils are 10-4 overall, 2-2 in Pac-10 play and 7-0 at home in the Wells Fargo Arena. Dymond Simon leads the squad in scoring with 13.9 points per game. Kimberley Brandon paces the Sun Devils at the glass with 6.3 rebounds per game. Their conference wins have come at the hands of Oregon and Oregon State while falling to Stanford and California.
Since last season, UA and ASU's head-to-head match-ups took on an added bonus with the inception of the State Farm Territorial Cup. The Cup, which was awarded in previous years to the winner of the annual football game, is now an across-the-board contest that includes 18 sports from women's basketball to track and field. Last season, Arizona beat ASU 10.5 to 7.5 in the inaugural race. In cases such as basketball where teams meet twice, the point is awarded to whichever team wins twice. If a split occurs, each side is awarded ½ point.
All Wildcat games can be heard live 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 stats are also available at ArizonaWildcats.com.