Dec. 30, 2010
TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats and the Oregon Ducks will open the Pac-10 portion of the 2010-11 season with a contest at McKale Center on Fri., Dec. 31. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. MT. The game will be both teams' first test at Pac-10 play.
The Arizona Wildcats and the Oregon Ducks will meet for the 52nd time on Friday. The Ducks lead the series 29-22 over the Wildcats. Last season, the two teams split the home and home series with Arizona winning 119-112 in overtime at McKale on Jan. 16 and the Ducks winning 92-74 on Feb. 11 at McArthur Court. Since the 2008 season, Arizona and Oregon have split the last six games evenly at 3-3.
The Arizona Wildcats are 9-2 overall and 5-0 at home with the non-conference season coming to an end. The Wildcats have three players averaging double-digit points in sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.5), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (15.1) and senior forward Soana Lucet (13.5). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 10.0 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out a Pac-10 leading 6.1 assists per game.
Currently, Wildcat players lead the Pac-10 in rebounds (Ibekwe, 100, 10.0 pg), assists (Arnold, 67, 6.1 pg) and defensive rebounds (Ibekwe, 66, 6.6 pg). Additionally, the squad leads the Pac-10 in defensive rebounds (328, 29.8 pg).
The Oregon Ducks are 9-2 overall and 5-0 on the road to start the season. They have picked up wins on the home courts of Long Beach State, Portland, Boise State, St. Mary's (Calif.) and Santa Clara. Amanda Johnson leads the Ducks with 19.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Nia Jackson chips in with 15.5 points per game.
The Ducks currently lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense (88.5 ppg), scoring margin (+18.7), rebounding offense (49.1 pg), assists (18.0 pg), steals (15.1 pg), turnover margin (+10.5), offensive rebounds (20.9 pg) and three-point field goals made (7.8 pg). Individually, Amanda Johnson leads the league with 19.9 points per game, Victoria Kenyon leads in three-point field goal percentage with .458 and Nia Jackson leads in assist/turnover ratio with 2.0.
Last time out, the Wildcats moved to 9-2 with a 79-32 win over the Iona Gaels. Four Wildcats scored in double digits in Tuesday's win over the Gaels: Ibekwe 14, senior forward Soana Lucet 11, Whyte 11 and freshman forward Erica Barnes 10. Junior guard Shanita Arnold also dished out nine assists, matching her career best.
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 video and stats are available at ArizonaWildcats.com.
For tickets to the Arizona Wildcat women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.