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Washington Next for Wildcats
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 18, 2011
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Feb. 18, 2011

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SEATTLE, Wash. - The Arizona Wildcats and the Washington Huskies continue the Pac-10 slate of women's basketball games with a 12:30 p.m. PT contest on Sat., Feb. 19, at Seattle's Bank of America Arena.

The Arizona Wildcats and the Washington Huskies will meet for the 51st time on Saturday. Washington leads the series with the Wildcats, 32-18. The Wildcats have won four of the last five match-ups with the Huskies, including a 61-58 win earlier this season in Tucson, a sweep in `09 and a win at McKale in `10.

The Arizona Wildcats are 15-9 overall and 6-7 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging in double figures: sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.6), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (15.3) and senior forward Soana Lucet (10.6). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 10.0 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 5.2 assists per game.

The Washington Huskies are 10-13 overall and 5-9 in Pac-10 play. Kristi Kingma paces the Huskies with 16.3 points per game while Regina Rogers chips in with 10.3 points per game. Mackenzie Argens leads at the glass with 5.8 rebounds per game.

Last time out against UW, the Wildcats won their eighth home game of the season and broke a three-game skid with a 61-58 victory over the Washington Huskies on Jan. 22. Whyte was Arizona's leading scorer. She picked up 15 points while dishing out four assists against the Huskies. Freshman guard Candice Warthen and Ibekwe each chipped in with 10 points. Lucet and Ibekwe led at the glass with five boards each.

On Thursday, the Wildcats picked up their first Pac-10 road win of the season with a 78-61 victory over the Washington State Cougars. Ibekwe collected her 10th double-double of the season with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Ibekwe shot 8-of-15 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 6-of-9 from the charity stripe. She was one of four Wildcats to score in double figures with 20 points from Whyte, 16 points from Lucet and 10 points from junior guard Brooke Jackson.

Ibekwe finished up her line with three assists, three blocks and five steals. Whyte also chipped in with eight assists, one block and two steals. Junior guard Tasha Dickey came off the bench for some solid defensive possessions. She collected two points and a rebound in five minutes of action.

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 Live video is available at

Arizona will finish its trip to the great Northwest on Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. PT clash against Washington, before returning home to host UCLA on Feb. 24 and USC on Feb. 26.

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