Wildcats Trip to Georgia Tech
Dec. 29, 2009
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m. (MT)
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: KTUC AM 1400 (Derrick Palmer, Alysiah Bond)
Tip Off Time: The Wildcats play their final game of the 2009 calendar year on Tuesday evening in a non-conference tilt against Southwest Athletic Conference member Alabama A&M. The Wildcats will continue the current three-game homestand and tip-off 2010 with its Pac-10 Conference opener against UCLA on New Year's Day before hosting USC on Sunday, January 3. Both of those weekend games are slated to start at 2:00 p.m. in McKale Center.
Catch the Action: Entering his second season calling Arizona women's basketball games will be Derrick Palmer. He will be joined by Alysiah Bond, the Arizona women's basketball director of operations and former collegiate point guard at The Ohio State University. 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. Please visit www.arizonawildcats.com for all of your live stats, audio and video needs. Live stats will also be availabe with a link posted on both the Arizona and San Diego women's basketball schedule pages.
Last Time Out: Arizona suffered its third-straight loss dating back over a two-week stretch in a 65-53 defeat at UC RIverside. The Highlanders scored the first seven points of the game and Arizona never led during the game. The Wildcats rallied and closed to within two points midway through the first half, but Riverside extended its lead to 12 at halftime and was never threatened in the second half. The Wildcats had another strong outing at the free throw line, connecting on 16-of-19 attempts, but also only made 16 field goals and shot a season-low 27.6 percent from the field. Freshman guard Davellyn Whyte led all scorers with 20 points, hitting 4-of-8 three-point attempts, while junior forward Ify Ibekwe recorded her 6th double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Soana Lucet also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Series Notes: Arizona and Alabama A&M will be playing their first-ever game against each other on Tuesday evening.
Conference Matchup: Not only is this the first game for the Wildcats against the Bulldogs, this will only be the second-ever game for the Arizona program against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The only previous game for the Cats against a SWAC team came against Texas Southern on December 10, 1999, a 96-46 triumph for the Wildcats in McKale Center. It is also just the second game ever against a team from Alabama as the 1987-88 team lost to Alabama, 80-74.
Scouting the Bulldogs: Alabama A&M brings an even 4-4 record into McKale Center for the final pre-Pac-10 tuneup for the Wildcats. In its last outing, the Bulldogs ran into a buzzsaw in #6-ranked Ohio State as the Buckeyes handed Alabama A&M a 78-54 defeat in Columbus. Senior guard Katrich Williams, who was chosen the SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, is the leading scorer for the Bulldogs, tallying 17.6 points per game while connecting on an impressive 88.6 percent of her free throws. Whiquita Tobar is also averaging 12.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest, but no other Alabama A&M player averages more than 8.0 points per game.
By The Numbers: Arizona and Alabama A&M boast similar statistics heading into Tuesday's non-conference tilt. Both teams average in the mid-60-point range while allowing a similar amount of points to its opposition. Both teams are shooting near 40 percent from the field and around 30 percent from three-point range while also pulling down an average of near 40 rebounds per game.
Power Outage: After averaging almost 70 points per game and allowing just over 60 points per game during its 5-1 start, Arizona has seen its offense run into some trouble during the current three-game losing streak. In setbacks to New Mexico, Georgia Tech and UC Riverside, the Cats are tallying just 54 points per game while allowing the opposition 72 points on average. Arizona has also shot just 34.7 percent from the field while opposing teams have shot nearly 50 percent overall. The three-point line has also been a barren land as the Cats are just 13-of-55 (.236) from distance while the opponents have hit 22-of-51 (.431).
New Year's Day: For just the second time in its history, Arizona will be playing on New Year's Day when it tips off the 18-game Pac-10 slate against UCLA on Friday afternoon in McKale Center. Arizona lost its only other game on January 1 against Colorado back in 1991, a 75-69 loss to the Buffaloes in McKale Center.
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