Dec. 27, 2010
TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats and the Iona Gaels will continue the 2010-11 season with a contest at McKale Center on Tues., Dec. 28. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT. The game will be both team's final tune-up before starting Pac-10 play for Arizona on Dec. 31 and MAAC play for Iona on Jan. 2.
The Arizona Wildcats and the Iona Gaels will meet for the just the second time on Tuesday. The teams met in the final game of the 2009 Iona College Tip-Off Tournament last season. Arizona needed five extra minutes but earned a season-opening 75-70 overtime win over Iona. Davellyn Whyte made quite a splash in her Arizona debut, tallying a game-high 27 points while pulling down eight rebounds. Ify Ibekwe added 11 points and a career-high 21 rebounds.
Arizona is two games into a five-game homestand which will continue with the Iona Gaels on Dec. 28, the Oregon Ducks on Dec. 31 and the Oregon State Beavers on Jan. 2. The homestand started with a win over New Mexico State on Dec. 19 and a win over North Texas on Dec. 21. The Wildcats will open up Pac-10 Conference play In McKale Center on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2.
The Wildcats moved to 8-2 with an 88-73 win over the North Texas Mean Green on Dec. 21. Sophomore Davellyn Whyte led the Wildcat scorers with her 22 points. She also recorded five rebounds and five steals. Senior Ify Ibekwe picked up her second double-double of the season with her 22 points and 10 rebounds. She led Arizona at the glass against North Texas. Junior Brooke Jackson and senior Soana Lucet also scored in double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Arizona has now had four scorers in double digits in three-straight games.
The Iona Gaels are 4-6 overall and 2-3 on the road to start the season. Their road wins have come at Stony Brook and at Bucknell while falling on the home courts of Charlotte, Marquette and Michigan State. Kristina Ford is the Gaels' leading scorer with 12.9 points per game. She's also the most productive at the glass with 6.2 rebounds per game. Anda Ivkovic also averages 12.7 points per game.
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.