COMING UP: The
CATCH THE ACTION: As always,
Live statistics and live video feeds are available at
RED-OUT: Saturday’s game will be a “Rivalry Red-Out” game. All
USC RECAP: USC used a hot-shooting second half to pull away from
The Women of Troy shot 55.6 percent (15-27) from the field in the second half, making up for a 24.1 percent (7-29) shooting mark in the first half.
Senior Shay Murphy led USC with 16 points.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, as two free throws by Murphy gave USC a 10-7 lead at the 10:35 mark. The Trojans used a 10-2 run to go up 16-9 at the 5:42 mark, but
At the start of the second half, Murphy scored five straight points to give USC a 29-19 lead at the 19:22 mark. That ignited a 27-8 scoring run over 11 minutes to give the Trojans a commanding 52-27 lead. USC held
A QUICK LOOK AT
ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS: The Arizona State University Sun Devils enter Saturday’s game with a 25-3 overall record and a 15-2 mark in the Pac-10 standings, with a No. 8 ranking in the Coaches’ poll and a No. 10 ranking in the AP poll. The Sun Devils have won six straight games and own a 9-1 record on the road so far this season. As a team, ASU shoots 48.3 percent (783-1621) from the field, 35.3 percent (89-252) from three point range, and 73.7 percent (467-634) from the free throw line, while averaging 75.8 points a game.
THE ARIZONA STATE-ARIZONA SERIES: Friday’s game will be the 72nd meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Sun Devils on the hardwood, with ASU owning a 41-30 series advantage. The Sun Devils beat
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 276-201 (.579) mark at
WIN #600: Head coach Joan Bonvicini earned her 600th career victory on Thursday, Feb. 8, as the Wildcats defeated Oregon State, 65-61. Bonvicini became the 18th women's basketball coach in NCAA Division I history to accomplish the 600-win plateau.
RANKED FOES: Saturday’s game will be
REPEAT?: History tends to repeat itself, and with that said,
LOVE THOSE THURSDAYS: Although Arizona started the season 0-5 when playing games on Thursday, the Wildcats finished the regular season winning three-straight games in Pac-10 weekly openers. Arizona knocked off Washington State on the road on Feb. 1, beat Oregon State on Feb. 8 in McKale Center, and topped UCLA, 66-63, Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion Arizona had not started a Pac-10 week with three-straight Thursday wins since February of 2005.
SATURDAY STRUGGLES: So far this season,
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
CARDIAC CATS: So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.
MAGIC NUMBER: On the season,
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
18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs.
16 points: 16-0 run over 3:13 in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech
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
14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs.
12 points: 14-2 run over 7:39 in the first half vs.
12 points: 16-4 run over 5:16 in the second half vs. Stanford
12 points: 17-5 run over 3:30 in the second half vs. UCLA
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.
11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs.
10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs.
10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs.
10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW
10 points: 10-0 run over 3:54 in the first half vs. USC
THE BIG, BAD RUN: Although
26 points: 31-5 scoring run to
23 points: 33-10 run to
21 points: 26-5 run to Texas A&M in the final 7:31 of the first half
20 points: 26-6 run at
19 points: 27-8 run at USC over 10:17 to start the second half
19 points: 27-8 run to Stanford over 7:41 in the first half
16 points: 16-0 run to
16 points: 21-5 run to UTEP in the final 3:37 of the game
14 points: 17-3 run at
13 points: 13-0 run to
13 points: 16-3 run to Louisiana Tech over 5:29 in the first half
12 points: 14-2 run to USC over 7:14 in the first half
12 points: 13-1 run at
12 points: 16-4 run to
12 points: 15-3 run to
11 points: 11-0 run to
11 points: 16-5 run to USC over 4:04 in the second half
11 points: 15-4 run to USC in the final 4:23 of the game
11 points: 15-4 run to
10 points: 14-4 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to UCLA over the final 2:34 of the first half
WATCH YOUR POCKETS: The Wildcats have excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this season.
OFFENSIVE BOARDS: So far this season, the Wildcats have done a solid job on the offensive glass. On the year, the Wildcats have grabbed 382 offensive rebounds.
BALL CONTROL: On the offensive side of things,
BENCH HELP: Powered by the play of Whisonant,
In the four games before the Wildcats’ current streak,
LEADING LATE: The Wildcats are 8-1 this season when leading with one minute left in the game.
GIVE HER THE ROCK: Senior Joy Hollingsworth has powered the
LOOK FOR A BREAK OUT: Look for a big game from Hollingsworth on Saturday, not only because it is senior day, but because she has the knack for putting up big performances after being held in single digits in scoring in the previous game. Against USC, Hollingsworth posted nine points on 4-of-16 shooting from the field, including a 1-of-7 mark from three point land, marking only the sixth game this season she has been held under double-digits in scoring. In the five previous games being held under double-figures in scoring, Hollingsworth is averaging 18.2 points in the game after.
PUT INTO CONTEXT: Joy Hollingsworth has played at
ON POINT: Junior Ashley Whisonant has provided the Wildcats with a much needed spark off the bench. In the last five games coming off the bench, Whisonant is averaging 14.2 points and 3.5 assists a game. She posted 15 points and five assists against the Bruins last Thursday, and was the only Wildcat to score in double digits with 10 points against USC last Saturday. On the year, Whisonant is averaging 11.3 points and 3.59 assists a game.
PICKING UP THE PACE: Senior guard Linda Pace's stats might not jump out from the box score, but her play has been pivotal for the Wildcats' success as of late.
BRING IT: Like every season,
This week, five of
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN THE PAC-10: The
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as