Nov. 16, 2011
TUCSON - The Arizona Wildcats and the Wichita State Shockers will continue the 2011-12 women's basketball slate with a contest at McKale Center, in Tucson, on Thurs., Nov. 17. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. MT.
The Wildcats and the Shockers will meet for just the third time on Thursday. Arizona holds a 2-1 advantage. WSU won the first meeting between the two teams, 82-71, on Dec. 4, 1981. Last year, UA won the overtime match-up, 81-72, in Wichita.
Arizona is 2-0 on the season with road wins at Georgia Southern, 88-46, and at Georgia State, 79-66. Sophomore Candice Warthen leads Arizona, averaging 24.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. The Wildcats also have double-digit scorers in sophomore forward Erica Barnes (11.5) and junior guard Davellyn Whyte (18.0). Barnes also leads at the glass with 10.5 boards per contest.
Wichita State is 1-1 to open the season with a 77-49 win over Northwestern State and a 64-56 loss at home to LSU. Jessica Diamond leads the Shockers with 16.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Krystle Henderson has dished out 5.0 assists per game. WSU has out-rebounded its opponents 70-68.
Warthen was named the Bank of the West Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 14. Earning her first career conference honor, she led Arizona to two road wins, averaging 24.5 points per game, to officially open the 2011-12 season. She scored a career high 36 points, including five three pointers, in the win over Georgia State, just three points shy of tying the school record for points in a game (39).
On the weekend, Warthen shot 53.3 percent from the field, 54.4 percent from three-point range and 84.6 percent from the free throw line. In 65 minutes of play, she dished out seven assists and only caused three turnovers. Her five made threes against Georgia State were also a career high.
In the 88-46 win at Georgia Southern, Arizona set the school record for the most three pointers made in a game with 15. The Wildcats replaced the previous best of 13 vs. Stanford on Jan. 12, 1998.
Arizona women's basketball games can be heard live on KTUC AM 1400. 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 tickets to the women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.