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Cats Hit the Road For No. 4/4 Stanford
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Release: 01/04/2011
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Jan. 4, 2011

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TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats and the No. 4/4 Stanford Cardinal will continue the Pac-10 portion of the 2010-11 women's basketball season with a contest at Maples Pavilion on Thurs., Jan. 6. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT. This weekend will mark Arizona's first Pac-10 road games of the season. The Wildcats will also face California on Sunday.

The Arizona Wildcats and the Stanford Cardinal will meet for the 65th time on Thursday. The Cardinal have won 17-straight games against the Cats. Arizona last defeated Stanford on Feb. 5, 2004 in Tucson. The Wildcats last won in Palo Alto on Jan. 6, 2001, exactly 10 years to the day of this season's first game between the two teams.

In this week's Associated Press Top 25, Baylor, Connecticut and Duke, respectively, hold the top three spots and Stanford sits at No. 4. Of the Pac-10 schools, Stanford and UCLA (No. 12) are ranked and Arizona State and USC are receiving votes.

In this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25, Baylor, Connecticut and Duke, respectively, hold the top three spots and Stanford sits at No. 4. Of the Pac-10 schools, Stanford and UCLA (No. 11) are ranked and Arizona State and Arizona are receiving votes.

The Arizona Wildcats are 11-2 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging double-digit points in sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (14.8), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (15.5) and senior forward Soana Lucet (13.0). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 10.3 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 6.2 assists per game.

Currently, Wildcat players lead the Pac-10 in rebounds (Ibekwe, 124, 10.3 pg), assists (Arnold, 81, 6.2 pg), field goal percentage (Erica Barnes, 48-82, .585) and defensive rebounds (Ibekwe, 82, 6.8 pg). As a squad, Arizona leads the league in assists per game (236, 18.2) and defensive rebounds (381, 29.3).

The Stanford Cardinal are 10-2 and 1-0 to start the season. In the last week of play, Stanford picked up wins over then-No. 4 Xavier, then-No. 1 UConn and California. The victory over UConn extended Stanford's home winning streak to 52 games and at the same time snapped Connecticut's NCAA-record 90-game winning streak. The Cardinal have four players averaging double-digit scoring: Jeanette Pohlen (16.8), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (16.6), Kayla Pedersen (11.6) and Chiney Ogwumike (10.5). Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads at the glass with 8.5 rebounds per game while Pedersen chips in with 8.2 boards 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 stats are available at ArizonaWildcats.com. Live video is available at GoStanford.com.

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