COMING UP: The University of Arizona women's basketball team (6-7, 0-1 Pac-10) travels to Bay Area, to take on the No. 14-ranked Stanford Cardinal (7-3, 2-0 Pac-10) on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. (PST) in Maples Pavilion. The Wildcats have opened the Pac-10 schedule with at least a 1-1 record through their first two games for the last 12-consecutive seasons.
CATCH THE ACTION: As always,
The Wildcats shot 25.9 percent (7-27) from the field in the first half, its lowest mark in a half this season, but rallied to shoot 66.7 percent (18-27) from the field in the second half, its highest mark in half this season.
The Wildcats finished the game shooting 46.3 percent (25-54) from the field, compared to a 49.3 percent mark (33-67) by the Sun Devils.
ASU went 21-of-30 (70.0 percent) from the free throw line off of 24 UA fouls, as the Wildcats shot 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from the free throw line in the game.
Senior Emily Westerberg led ASU with 20 points.
The Wildcats opened the second half shooting 7-of-8 from the field (87.5 percent) but still trailed 64-37 with 11:31 left in the game.
A QUICK LOOK AT
ABOUT THE CARDINAL: The Stanford University Cardinal enters Thursday’s game ranked No. 14 in the AP poll, and No. 15 in the Coaches’ poll. Stanford started the season 2-3, but has reeled off five-straight wins by an average of 21.6 points. The Cardinal is 5-1 at home so far this season. As a team, Stanford shoots 45.2 percent (281-621) from the field, 32.0 percent (49-153) from three-point range, and 62.0 percent (98-158) from the free throw line, while averaging 70.9 points a game. Junior Candice Wiggins averages a team-best 16.4 points a game, as one of four players averaging double-figures in scoring. Head coach Tara VanDerveer is in her 21st season at the helm of the Stanford program.
THE STANFORD-ARIZONA SERIES: Thursday’s game will be the 55th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Cardinal on the hardwood, with Stanford owning a 42-12 series advantage. Stanford swept the two-game series last year, and has won six-consecutive games in the series. The Wildcats last defeated the Cardinal in Maples Pavilion on Jan. 6, 2001, a 68-65 win for the Wildcats
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 272-189 (.590) mark at
PAC-THIS: After facing four ranked opponents in a tough non-conference schedule, things won't get any easier for the Wildcats at the start of the Pac-10 schedule.
GOTTA HAVE ONE:
A TALE OF TWO HALVES:
In the second half,
NOT SO EASY:
LATE GAME WOES: In
LOSS TRENDS: In
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
TURNOVERS: The Wildcats committed a season-high 31 turnovers against
GET THE BALL: In Friday’s game at
OFFENSIVE BOARDS: So far this season, the Wildcats have done a solid job on the offensive glass. On the year, the Wildcats have grabbed 182 offensive rebounds, leading to 176 second-chance points.
MAGIC NUMBER: So far this season,
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: 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.
10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs.
10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW
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 to
16 points: 21-5 run to UTEP in the final 3:37 of the game
13 points: 13-0 run to
13 points: 16-3 run to Louisiana Tech over 5:29 in the first half
12 points: 16-4 run to
11 points: 15-4 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to
WATCH YOUR POCKETS:
GIVE HER THE ROCK: Senior Joy Hollingsworth has proven she can put the ball in the basket during her career, and she is continuing her scoring ways this season. The 5-foot-10 guard is averaging a team-best 16.1 points a game (seventh in the Pac-10), as she scored 22 points or more on four different occasions. She is also averaging 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 steals a game, and has posted double-figure point totals in 12 out of 13 games this season. Hollingsworth is shooting 41.2 percent from the field (75-182), and averages 14 shots from the field a game. In her last four games, Hollingsworth is averaging 18.3 points and 5.8 rebounds a game.
ON POINT: Junior Ashley Whisonant has upped her performance in the last seven games, as she is averaging 11.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.4 steals a game during that span. In her last four games, Whisonant has posted six or more assists in each game, including seven assists in her last two contests. On the season, Whisonant is averaging 11.2 points and a team-best 4.2 assists per game.
MS. CONSISTENCY: Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has become one of
BRING IT: Like every season,
This week, seven of
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN PAC-10: The
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as