March 1, 2011
Online Coverage: Live Audio
TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats and the Oregon State Beavers will start the final weekend of the Pac-10 women's basketball regular season with a 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT contest on Thurs., March 3, at Corvallis' Gill Coliseum.
The Arizona Wildcats and the Oregon State Beavers will meet for the 56th time on Thursday. The Wildcats lead the series, 29-26, including a 67-65 win earlier this season. During the 2009-10 slate, Arizona won both meetings against the Beavers.
The Arizona Wildcats are 17-10 overall and 8-8 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging in double figures: sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.4), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (15.6) and senior forward Soana Lucet (10.9). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 9.6 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 5.2 assists per game.
Ibekwe leads the Pac-10 in rebounds (249, 9.6) and defensive rebounds (175, 6.7). Arnold ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10 in assists (140, 5.2) 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, scoring margin, field goal percentage, assists, turnover margin and assist/turnover ratio.
The Oregon State Beavers are 9-18 overall and 2-14 in Pac-10 play. Alyssa Martin paces the Beavers with 12.6 points per game while Sage Indendi chips in with 10.6 points per game. El Sara Greer leads at the glass with 8.3 rebounds per game. In the Pac-10 ranks, Oregon State ranks in the top three in scoring defense, blocked shots and steals.
Last time out, the Wildcats picked up another Pac-10 win with an 84-74 victory over the visiting USC Trojans. Whyte was Arizona's leading scorer with 19 points, including 15-of-18 from the free throw line. Whyte was one of five Wildcats to score in double figures with 17 points from Ibekwe, 13 points from Lucet and 10 points each from Arnold and freshman guard Candice Warthen.
Last time out against OSU, Arizona won its second-straight Pac-10 game and its sixth-straight game overall with a close victory over the Oregon State Beavers, 67-65. For the second-straight game, Arnold led the Wildcats in scoring. She racked up 17 points while handing out seven assists. She was one of three Wildcats to score in double digits: Arnold (17), Ibekwe (16) and Whyte (12). Ibekwe picked up her fourth double-double of the season and her second straight. She added 10 rebounds to her 16 points scored. Whyte also grabbed four steals and three rebounds.
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 available at ArizonaWildcats.com. Live video is available at OSUBeavers.com.
The Wildcats will close out the Pac-10 regular season with a road swing to play at Oregon State on March 3 and at Oregon on March 5. The 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament will begin Wed., March 9, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.