Feb. 15, 2011
TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats and the Washington State Cougars continue the Pac-10 slate of women's basketball games with a 7 p.m. PT contest on Thurs., Feb. 17, at Pullman's Beasley Coliseum.
The Arizona Wildcats and the Washington State Cougars will meet for the 62nd time on Thursday. The Wildcats lead the series with the Cougars, 30-21, including a 64-58 victory in Tucson earlier this season. UA has won five-straight contests over WSU, including three victories during the 2009-10 season.
The Arizona Wildcats are 14-9 overall and 6-7 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging in double figures: sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.4), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (15.0) and senior forward Soana Lucet (10.4). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 9.8 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 5.3 assists per game.
Ibekwe leads the Pac-10 in rebounds (216, 9.8) and defensive rebounds (148, 6.7). Arnold ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10 in assists (121, 5.3) and No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.6). Freshman forward Erica Barnes is No. 1 in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (69-116-.595). Arizona ranks in the top three in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, assists and turnover margin.
The Washington State Cougars are 8-17 overall and 6-7 in Pac-10 play. Sage Romberg paces the Cougars with 9.3 points per game while Jazmine Perkins leads at the glass with 5.1 boards per game. Washington State has 10 players with at least one start and eight players with at least five starts. In the Pac-10, Washington State ranks No. 3 in assists with 381 total and 15.2 per game and No. 3 in three-point field goals made with 168 total and 6.7 per game.
For her 22 points and 22 rebounds in the win over ASU, Ibekwe was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 14. Ibekwe led the Wildcats to a 73-61 win over Arizona State at McKale Center on Sunday, the team's first over its conference rival since 2005. Achieving her ninth double-double of the season in the first half, she out-rebounded her own teammates, who accounted for 17 boards. The 22 rebounds are not only a Pac-10 Conference individual high but also ties for the sixth-highest in a game this season in NCAA Division I Women's Basketball.
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 stats are also available at ArizonaWildcats.com. Live video is available at WSUCougars.com.
Arizona will play at Washington State and Washington on Feb. 17 and 19, respectively, before returning home to host UCLA on Feb. 24 and USC on Feb. 26 at McKale Center.