Feb. 11, 2011
TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats will host the Arizona State Sun Devils to continue the Pac-10 slate of women's basketball games. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. MT on Sun., Feb. 13, at McKale Center.
Sunday's game will be televised nationally on FSN. Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will be on hand for play-by-play and color commentary. All Wildcat games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400. 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). For Pac-10 home contests, games are carried in Spanish on Tucson's KTKT-AM 990. Francisco Romero calls the action. Live stats are also available at ArizonaWildcats.com.
The Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils will meet for the 80th time on Sunday. ASU leads the series with UA, 49-30, including a 75-43 victory in Tempe earlier this season. Arizona last defeated Arizona State, 56-49, in Tucson on Jan. 26, 2005.
The Arizona Wildcats are 13-9 overall and 4-7 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging double-digit points in sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.5), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (14.7) and senior forward Soana Lucet (10.4). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 9.2 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 5.1 assists per game.
Ibekwe leads the Pac-10 in rebounds (194, 9.2) and defensive rebounds (128, 6.1). Arnold ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10 in assists (112, 5.1) and No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.5). Arizona ranks in the top three in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, turnover margin and assist/turnover ratio.
The Arizona State Sun Devils are 14-7 overall and 6-5 in Pac-10 play. Dymond Simon paces the squad with 14.1 points per game while Kimberly Brandon leads at the glass with 6.5 boards per game. In the Pac-10 ranks, ASU ranks in the top three in free throw percentage and offensive rebounds.
Since last season, UA and ASU's head-to-head match-ups took on an added bonus with the inception of the State Farm Territorial Cup. The Cup, which was awarded in previous years to the winner of the annual football game, is now an across-the-board contest that includes 18 sports from women's basketball to track and field. Last season, Arizona beat ASU 10.5 to 7.5 in the inaugural race. In cases such as basketball where teams meet twice, the point is awarded to whichever team wins twice. If a split occurs, each side is awarded ½ point.