Arizona shot 52.9 percent (18-34) from the field in the first half, including a 5-of-11 mark from three-point territory, as Hollingsworth scored 15 points, and Njonkou added nine points in the first half alone. UTEP shot 37 percent (10-27) from the field in the first half, as UA out-rebounded UTEP 22-12.
Arizona cruised in the first seven minutes of the second half, but UTEP fought back using an 8-0 scoring run to cut Arizona’s lead to 51-38 with 12:24 left. The Wildcats responded with four-straight field goals capped by a Hollingsworth trey and led 60-38 at the 8:36 mark.
UA led 66-43 with 5:48 left, and seemed to be in total control of the game, until UTEP caught fire down the stretch. The Miners scored 12-unanswered points in 2:32 and trailed 68-62 with 34 seconds left to play. A trey by Williams cut the deficit to 70-65 with 14 seconds left, and a three by Ana Valtierra cut the UA lead to 71-68 with one second left on the clock, but Arizona was able to hold the Miners off from the free throw line to claim the four-point win.
A QUICK LOOK AT
ABOUT THE AGGIES:
The Texas A&M University Aggies (5-0) enter Tuesday night’s game ranked No. 10 in the nation, the program’s highest ranking in school history. The Aggies won their first five games of the season by an average of 37.6 points. Texas A&M has won 17-consecutive non-conference games at home in Reed Arena, as the Aggies are 3-0 at home so far this season, last defeating
Tuesday’s matchup will be the third game in the all-time series between
The winningest coach in
Under Bonvicini's tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 10 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history. During this time,
Bonvicini's success is mirrored in her players' accolades. She has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-America selections, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 21 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 11 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 270-184 (.595) mark at
THE REST OF THE STAFF:
Kellee Barney (
Todd Holthaus (Grand Canyon, 1995): Enters his second season with the Wildcats after serving as the head coach at
Jonelle Streed (
For some reason, it seems like the Wildcats enjoy letting the game go down to the wire. Maybe they enjoy the pressure. Arizona’s last three wins have been decided by four points or less, two of those wins coming in overtime, and all three wins not decided until the final minute of the game.
A TALE OF TWO TEAMS:
The Wildcats have a tendency to play like two different teams in two different halves. In the last three games,
LUCKY NUMBER 4?:
Since the 2003-04 season,
ICING ON THE CAKE?:
As a team,
RUN IT, RUN IT:
So far this season,
25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs.
21 points: 30-9 run over the final 6:53 of the first half at UTEP
16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at
15 points: 15-0 run over 4:40 in the first half vs. GW
12 points: 12-0 run over 5:55 in first half vs. NC State
12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs.
10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW
ON THE REBOUND:
In the first six games,
WATCH YOUR POCKETS:
OVERTIME IS OUR TIME:
OVERTIME OVER TIME:
The Wildcats’ win over NC State on Nov. 24 marked a milestone in the
Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint. The 6-foot-1 forward is averaging 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds a game. Njonkou recorded the first double-double of her career with career-highs (and game highs) of 17 points and 11 rebounds against
GIVE HER THE ROCK:
Senior Joy Hollingsworth has proven she can put the ball in the basket during her career, and she is continuing her scoring ways this season. The 5-10 guard is averaging a team-best 15.8 points a game, as she is the only Wildcat to score in double-figures each contest. She is also averaging team-bests of 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 steals a game.
In the last two games, Hollingsworth is averaging 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds a game.
No, you are not seeing double, and no it is not a typo on the roster. Freshmen Rheya and Rhaya Neabors are twin sisters who can straight up ball. Individually, Rheya Neabors is averaging 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 26.5 minutes a game, and Rhaya Neabors is posting 3.5 ppg, and 3.0 rpg in 21.5 mpg. Combined, the sister duo is averaging 9.5 points and 7.3 rebounds a game.
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN PAC-10:
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as
Like every season,
Last season, the Pacific-10 Conference placed six teams in the NCAA Tournament (