Arizona Prepares for No. 21 Colorado and Utah
Head coach Niya Butts and the Arizona women's basketball team will return to McKale Center to welcome No. 21 Colorado and Utah this weekend.
Feb. 13, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Head coach Niya Butts and the Arizona women’s basketball team (11-12, 3-9) will return to McKale Center to welcome No. 21 Colorado (18-5, 7-5) and Utah (13-10, 4-8) this weekend.
The Wildcats will host the Buffs on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. and Utah on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. On Sunday, fans are encouraged to join Arizona Athletics in breast cancer awareness day, sponsored by the University of Arizona Medical Center, who will be on-site to educate fans on ways to prevent breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink clothing, while the first 500 in attendance will receive a pink pom-pom. All cancer survivors in attendance will be honored during the game.
UA is coming off a road weekend in which it fell to No. 4 Stanford on Friday night and lost a close one to No. 6 California on Sunday.
Senior guard Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.) is averaging 16.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.6 steals in 23 games. Junior Kama Griffitts (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) also averages in double digits with 12.3 ppg and 5.2 rpg in 19 games, while junior Alli Gloyd (Phoenix, Ariz.) averages 10.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg.
Under second-year head coach Linda Lappe, Colorado has two players that are averaging scoring in double-digits. Senior and Pac-12 Player of the Week (Feb. 11) Chucky Jeffery leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 13.7 ppg and 8.6 rpg. Freshman Arielle Roberson also averages in double-digits with 12.0 ppg and 5.3 rpg.
CU holds a 9-3 edge in the all-time series with Arizona, including a 3-2 mark at McKale Center. The Buffs have won the last six matchups and two-consecutive wins at McKale.
The Wildcats fell, 79-36 in their lowest point output of the season in Boulder, Colo., on Jan. 20, 2013.
Utah comes in to the Arizona series with three players averaging in double-digit scoring, under third-year head coach Anthony Levrets.
Junior Michele Plouffe leads the team with 16.3 ppg and 7.6 rpg. Junior Taryn Wicijowski averages 14.4 ppg, while senior Iwalani Rodrigues comes in at 12.4 ppg.
As a team, the Utes rank first in the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage (.344) and defensive rebounding percentage (.719) and third in scoring defense (56.0) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.276).
Utah leads the all-time series with Arizona, 12-3 dating back to 1975. The Wildcats defeated the Utes, 62-58, in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, Jan. 18 for their first win against the Utes since 1985.
Both games will be streamed live at no cost at http://pac-12.com/ScheduleResults.aspx#sportId=7 and broadcast live on KTUC AM 1400. The broadcast will start 15 minutes prior to tip-off for the pregame show, with Derrick Palmer (play-by-play) and Lisa Salgado (color) calling the action.
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