Quarterfinal Clash With Cardinal
March 12, 2010
Date: Friday, March 12, 2010
Time: 1:15 p.m. (PT)
Location: Galen Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: KTUC AM 1400 (Derrick Palmer, Alysiah Bond)
Tip Off Time: Arizona moves on to quarterfinal round action of the 2010 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament on Friday, March 12 to take on #1-seeded Stanford at 1:15 p.m.
Catch the Action: Completing his third 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 the Arizona women's basketball schedule page.
Tickets Please: Arizona fans planning to attend the Pac-10 Tournament can order tickets by calling the Galen Center ticket office at 213-740-4672 or by visiting the USC website at www.usctrojans.com or at the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org. Those fans unable to attend will have several ways to take in the action from Los Angeles. As is every game during the season, Arizona will be broadcast locally on KTUC AM 1400 in Tucson. The game will also be streamed live on the internet on the Pac-10 website. Live stats will also be available for viewing over the internet to check out box scores, play-by-play and more. Should the Wildcats advance to the semifinal round, each of the final two rounds will be televised live on Fox Sports Net with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action.
Series Notes: Stanford has a 52-12 all-time record against Arizona dating back to their first-ever encounter on January 3, 1979. The Cardinal have won 16-straight meetings between the two teams, starting with a 51-46 win over the Wildcats in the 2004 Pac-10 Tournament championship game.The Wildcats did, however, give the Cardinal two of their tougher games last season that included just a three-point loss in Palo Alto. Of its 12 all-time wins against the Cardinal, eight of those wins have come in McKale Center. Arizona is has dropped all five previous Pac-10 Tournament matchups with the Cardinal.
Scouting the Cardinal: Stanford has won 19-straight games since suffering its only loss of the season at top-ranked Connecticut on December 23. The Cardinal possess the 2nd-best offense in the Pac-10 at 78.0 points per game, but also deploy the stingiest defense in allowing just 54.7 points per outing. Pac-10 Player of the Year Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads Stanford in scoring with 18.2 points while also adding 9.2 rebounds. Kayla Pedersen tallies 16.7 points and 9.0 rebounds, but the Cardinal will be without all-American Jayne Appel for the game after she suffered an ankle sprain in practice 10 days ago.
Head Coach Niya Butts:Second-year head coach Niya Butts took over the Arizona program on April 3, 2008 and has been leaving her mark everyday since. Butts came to Tucson after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky. During her time with the Wildcats, she helped guide the team to a 88-72 record (.550) that included three WNIT appearances and a berth in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Prior to her time in Lexington, Butts was an assistant coach at Michigan State during the 2002-03 season. That year, the Spartans made their first NCAA appearance in six seasons after posting an overall record of 17-12. She began her coaching career at Tennessee Tech, leading the Golden Eaglettes to back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference regular season titles in 2001 and 2002.
Butts is one of many head coaches in the NCAA ranks who played for the legendary Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, graduating in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in social work and a minor in psychology. A four-year letterwinner with the Lady Vols, Butts was a two-time NCAA champion (1997, 1998), three-time winner of the SEC championship (1998, 1999, 2000) and was chosen the SEC Defensive Player of the Year after her 1997 freshman campaign. She also excelled in the classroom and was three times named an Academic All-SEC selection (1998, 1999, 2000).
Last Time Out: Arizona complied a 14-point lead midway through the first half and hung on down the stretch to advance past Washington State for the second-straight season, 62-60, Thursday evening in the first round of the 2010 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament. Soana Lucet led all scorers with 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting while Ify Ibekwe added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Davellyn Whyte also chipped in with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. The Wildcats suffered through 24 turnovers, but used a 43-33 rebounding advantage, forced 20 Washington State turnovers and connected on 46.9 percent of its field goal in the first half to pull out the win and improve to 8-8 all-time in Pac-10 Tournament play. April Cook led the Cougars in scoring with 18 points while Jazmine Perkins and Carly Noyes each tallied 7 rebounds.
Last Time Out for Stanford: The Cardinal completed an unbeaten run through the Pac-10 regular season slate by besting Bay Area rival California, 63-48, last Saturday at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Despite playing without the services of all-American center Jayne Appel, the Cardinal got 23 points and 10 rebounds from Kayla Pedersen as well as 22 points and 14 rebounds from Nnemkadi Ogwumike. Stanford also limited California to just 18-of-64 (.281) shooting from the field and a 1-of-9 clip from three-point range. Alexis Gray-Lawson led the Golden Bears with 15 points while DeNesha Stallworth added 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Statistical Comparison: To no surprise, Stanford is one of the most dominant statistical team in the Pac-10, sitting at or near the top in almost every category. The Cardinal average over 12 points more per game than the Wildcats while also allowing nearly a dozen fewer points on the defensive end per game. Stanford posts field goal percentages that are nearly 50 points better than Arizona on both ends of the floor as well as at the free throw line. The Wildcats are nearly as good from three-point range as the Cardinal, but Stanford posts a commanding +12.4 rebounding edge while Arizona is just on the south side of even on the glass per game.
Postseason Particulars: Arizona is 8-8 in its 8 previous appearances in the Pac-10 Tournament dating back to its inception in 2002. The Wildcats won their only previous contest in the postseason against the Cougars, winning their initial meeting last season in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, 79-72. The Cats have advanced to the championship game twice, losing to Stanford on each occasion. In fact, Arizona has been knocked out of the tournament by the Cardinal five times. The only teams the Wildcats have not played in the tournament are California and UCLA. This is the first time the Wildcats have been the #8 seed after being the 9th seed for 4-straight appearances.