Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Head West for USC Trojans
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 26, 2011
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Jan. 26, 2011

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TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats and the USC Trojans will continue the Pac-10 slate of women's basketball games with a contest at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT on Thurs., Jan. 27, at the Galen Center.

The Arizona Wildcats and the USC Trojans will meet for the 66th time on Thursday in Los Angeles. The Trojans lead the series with UA, 47-18. USC has won four of the last six meetings between the two teams. The Wildcats last defeated the Trojans, 74-61, on Feb. 15, 2009, at the Galen Center.

The Arizona Wildcats are 13-5 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging double-digit points in sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (14.9), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (13.8) and senior forward Soana Lucet (11.4). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 9.8 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 5.4 assists per game.

Ibekwe leads the Pac-10 in rebounds (166, 9.8) and defensive rebounds (111, 6.5). Arnold ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10 in assists (97, 5.4) and No. 3 in assist/turnover ratio (1.6). Freshman forward Erica Barnes is No. 4 in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (58-102-.569). Arizona ranks in the top three in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, field goal percentage, assists, turnover margin and defensive rebounds.

The USC Trojans are 12-6 overall and 4-3 in Pac-10 play. Their Pac-10 wins have come at the hands of Washington, Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State. Briana Gilbreath paces the Women of Troy with 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. USC has three players averaging double-digit scoring. In the Pac-10 ranks, USC ranks in the top three in free throw percentage and defensive rebounds.

Last time out, the Wildcats picked up their ninth-straight home win and second-straight Pac-10 win with a 64-58 victory over Washington State. Ibekwe paced the Wildcats with 18 points, 12 rebounds and eight steals - just two steals short of Arizona's first triple-double in women's basketball history. Whyte chipped in with 16 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists.

All Wildcat games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400. All 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). Live stats can be found at and a live video stream is available at

The Wildcats will travel to the LA schools for a game at USC on Jan. 27 and a contest at UCLA on Jan. 29. Arizona will start a three-game home stand, including match-ups with California, Stanford and ASU, on Thurs., Feb. 3.


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