Jan. 13, 2012
Arizona is 12-4 overall and 1-3 in Pac-12 play on the season, including a 5-2 road record. The Cats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 19.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game. She is backed up by sophomore forward Erica Barnes' 12.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Senior guard Shanita Arnold hands out 5.5 assists per game. The Wildcats are shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from three-point range and 71.4 percent from the free throw line.
Oregon State is 9-7 overall and 2-3 in Pac-12 play on the season, including a 7-2 home record. The Beavers are paced by senior guard Earlysia Marchbanks' 13.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. She is backed up by freshman guard Ali Gibson's 12.4 points and 4.0 boards per contest. OSU is shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 30.9 percent from three-point range and 63.6 percent from the free throw line.
Arizona and Oregon State will meet for the 57th time on Saturday and UA holds a 30-26 advantage over OSU. The Wildcats won both meetings between the two teams last year. Since the 2006-07 season, UA holds a 7-5 advantage.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in free throw percentage (.714), three-point field goal percentage (.378) and three-point field goals made (7.1). Individually, Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (19.2), No. 8 in assists (3.6), No. 3 in free throw percentage (.798), No. 2 in steals (2.4) and No. 5 in three-point field goal percentage (.388). Barnes is No. 12 in scoring (12.7) and No. 4 in rebounds (9.2). Arnold is No. 1 in assists (5.5) and No. 2 in assist/turnover ratio (2.0). Freshman center Aley Rohde is No. 4 in blocked shots (1.9).
Among the Pac-12 teams, Oregon State scoring margin (+12.6), field goals percentage (.439), blocked shots (6.2), assists (15.8), turnover margin (+2.2), assist/turnover ratio (1.0), defensive rebounds (29.8). Individually, junior forward Patricia Bright ranks No. 2 in field goal percentage (.598) and No. 1 in blocked shots (3.6) and freshman guard Ali Gibson in No. 2 in steals (2.4) and No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.8).
Nationally, Arizona ranks No. 8 in three-point field goal percentage with .383 and No. 46 in three-point field goals per game with 6.7. Individually on the national scene, Whyte ranks No. 24 in points with 19.5, No. 23 in three-point field goal percentage with .411 and No. 46 in three-point field goals per game (2.5). Arnold is No. 31 in assists per game with 5.2.
Last time out, facing a game-high deficit of 21 points, the Wildcats were unable to dig themselves out of a first-half hole and fell to Oregon, 87-73, in Eugene. Freshman guard Erin Butler led all scorers with 23 points off the Arizona bench. She shot 8-12 from the field and 7-of-10 from three-point range. UA had four players score in double digits as Arnold collected 17, Whyte with 15 and Barnes had 11. With her 10 assists, Arnold recorded her first double-double in an Arizona uniform, and with her 12 rebounds, Barnes had her sixth double-double of the season.
Arizona women's basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400 in Tucson. All broadcasts will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pregame show. Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Molly O'Mara (color) will call the action this season. Visit ArizonaWildcats.com for all of your live stats and video needs.