Feb. 14, 2012
TUCSON -Arizona (13-12, 2-11 Pac-12) and Washington State (10-15, 4-9 Pac-12) will continue the 2011-12 Pac-12 women's basketball schedule with a contest on Thurs., Feb. 16. Set to start at 7 p.m. MT, the Wildcats and the Cougars will play at McKale Center in Tucson.
Arizona and Washington State will meet for the 54th time on Thursday and the Wildcats hold a 31-22 record over the Cougars. Earlier this year, WSU beat UA, 78-68, in Pullman. Last season, Arizona won both match-ups between the two teams, 64-58 in Tucson and 78-61 in Pullman. In the head coach Niya Buttsera, Arizona has won six of nine contests.
Arizona is 13-12 overall and 2-11 in Pac-12 play on the season. The Wildcats are paced by junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 17.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game. She is backed up by sophomore forward Erica Barnes' 11.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and 12.7 points from sophomore guard Candice Warthen. Senior guard Shanita Arnold hands out 4.7 assists per game. The Wildcats are shooting 39.2 percent from the field, 36.3 percent from three-point range and 71.3 percent from the free throw line.
Washington State is 10-15 overall and 4-9 in Pac-12 play on the season, including a 3-7 road record. The Cougars are led by 9.2 points and 7.5 rebounds from senior guard Jazmine Perkins. She is backed up by 9.0 points and 2.4 rebounds by sophomore guard Ireti Amojo. WSU is shooting 37.6 percent from the field, 30.0 percent from three-point range and 64.9 percent from the free throw line.
Among the Pac-12 teams, Arizona ranks in the top three in three-point field goal percentage (.363) and three-point field goals per game (6.4). Individually, Whyte ranks No. 2 in scoring (17.3), No. 9 in assists (3.4), No. 6 in free throw percentage (.788), No. 2 in steals (2.8) and No. 2 in three pointers per game (2.3). Barnes is No. 15 in scoring (11.9) and No. 6 in rebounds (8.5). Arnold is No. 3 in assists (4.7) and No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.6). Freshman center Aley Rohde is No. 6 in blocked shots (1.5).
Nationally, Arizona ranks No. 15 in three-point field goal percentage (.363) and No. 47 in three-point field goals per game (6.4). Individually on the national scene, Whyte ranks No. 49 in points with 17.3 and No. 44 in steals (2.8).
Among the Pac-12 teams, Washington State ranks among the top three in three-point field goal percentage defense (.269), steals (10.0) and turnover margin (+3.2). Individually, Perkins ranks No. 9 in rebounds (7.5) and No. 1 in steals (2.8).
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 for all home games.
For tickets to Arizona women's basketball games, please call 800-452-2287 or visit the McKale Center Ticket Office.