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Arizona will play the first of just two home contests in an eight-game span on Friday

Wildcats Return to McKale to Clash with Cal Friday Night

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  TUCSON, Ariz.---The Wildcats return home for a two-game set this weekend, starting with a matchup against California, Friday at 7 pm MST inside McKale Center.

INSIDE THE SERIES...

Arizona vs. California

Overall Record...................................... 29-30

Longest Win Streak...................... 19 Games

Longest Losing Streak...................... Lost 16

Current Streak.................................. Lost 16

Record in Last 10 Meetings................. 0-10

First Meeting

. Dec. 17, 1977 in Tucson, Ariz. (W, 67-62)

Last Meeting

Feb. 18, 2015 in Berkeley, Calif. (L, 68-56 OT)

The Series Game-By-Game (Last 10)

3/7/08         L            at Cal 51, UA 48

1/28/10      L            at Cal 73, UA 53

2/25/10      L            Cal 58, at UA 52

1/8/11         L            at Cal 80, UA 60

2/3/11         L            Cal 73, at UA 63

2/2/12         L   Cal 78, at UA 74 (OT)

2/10/13      L            at Cal 91, UA 86

1/20/14      L            Cal 79, at UA 64

2/14/14      L            at Cal 65, UA 49

1/18/15      L            at Cal 68, UA 56

Series Notes: Sunday's contest will mark the 60th meeting all-time between the two programs , as California holds a slight 30-29 lead in the all-time series...UA has lost 16 straight games to Cal and eight consecutive inside McKale Center...However, the Wildcats nearly defeated Cal last time out on Jan. 18, as they led by two with just 5:47 remaining in the contest up at Haas Pavilion...Breanna Workman (12 pts), Candice Warthen (14 pts) and Charise Holloway (12 pts) all finished the game in double-figures.

Scouting California

California (16-5, 8-2 Pac-12) enters this one aiming for its sixth straight win...the Bears average 73.8 points per game, while their opponents average 64.4 points per contest...Cal boasts four double-digit scorers, with Reshanda Gray leading the way, averaging a team-best 18.2 points per game on 57.8 percent shooting. Brittany Boyd leads the team in rebounding, averaging 7.7 rebounds per game, while also scoring 13.6 points per contest, good enough for second on the squad...Cal was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 according to the league's preseason coaches poll, while it was picked to win the conference in the media poll.

Last Time Out For Arizona

The Wildcats cut what was 15-point deficit down to just five with four minutes left to play, but Arizona couldn't quite get over the hump, as it fell to Colorado, 81-69, last Sunday afternoon at the Coors Events Center.

Sophomore guard Malena Washington poured in a career-high 16 points on an efficient 6-of-12 shooting from the floor, notching her sixth double-digit scoring game of the season.

Sophomore forward LaBrittney Jones came up big off the bench, as she scored 14 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds, notching her third double-figure scoring performance over her last four games.

Senior guard Candice Warthen notched her team-best 15th double-figure scoring game of the season, as she chipped in 13 points and a team-high three assists, while senior forward Alli Gloyd provided 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting to round out the double-figure scorers for Arizona.

Road Trippin'

Arizona will play its first of just two home games in an eight-game span on Friday.

UA to Hold “Still Standing” Reception

The Cats have invited all cancer survivors to a special reception on Sunday, Feb. 8th from 1-2 pm prior to Arizona's home “Pink Game” against Stanford at 3 pm.

The day as been designated as Arizona's “Still Standing” game, where the Cats would like to recognize fans, family members, and friends who have been impacted by cancer.

Head coach Niya Butts and the rest of the Arizona coaching staff will speak, while there will be a recap of the “#ChillinForCharity” movement that swept the nation last summer.

Cats Learning Etiquette

For the second straight season, Arizona took part in an etiquette dinner at a local Tucson steak house. At the dinner, players, coaches, and staff were instructed proper etiquette and social standard when dining at fine restaurants.

Ready to “Breakthrough”

Arizona may be 1-9 in conference play thus far, but records can be deceiving. The Cats have put themselves in position to win four separate times during conference play thus far, rallying from big-time deficits in the second half.

Arizona vs. Washington State (01/03/15)

WSU led UA 68-48 | 6:54 remaining

WSU led UA 68-62 | 3:15 remaining

UA goes on 14-0 run

Arizona vs. Washington (01/05/15)

UW led UA 53-31 | 15:07 remaining

UW led UA 60-54 | 8:42 remaining

UA goes on 23-7 run

Arizona at California (01/18/15)

Cal led UA 29-12 | 3:41 remaining 1st half

UA led Cal 48-46-54 | 5:47 remaining

UA goes on 36-17 run

Arizona at Colorado (02/01/15)

Colorado led UA 51-36 | 15:36 remaining

Colorado led UA 66-61 | 4:00 remaining

UA goes on 25-15 run

Block Party

LaBrittney Jones has accumulated 13 blocks over her last four games (3.25 bpg over span), including collecting a career-high six blocks last time out against Colorado. The six-block performance is tied for fifth on UA's all-time single-game blocks list.

More is Better

Arizona has boasted two or more double-digit scorers in 17 of its last 19 games.

#Winning

Arizona finished non-conference play with a winning record for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.

Stellar D From Three

Arizona's three-point defense (.287) is ranked third in the Pac-12 and ranked 66th nationally.

A New Trend

Arizona has used the starting lineup Malena Washington, Candice Warthen, JaLea Bennett, Alli Gloyd, and Breanna Workman in five straight games. This streak comes after the Cats had used a starting five of Malena Washington, Candice Warthen, Keyahndra Cannon, Alli Gloyd, and LaBrittney Jones for 11 straight contests.

What's Trending

Candice Warthen has been the team's leading scorer in 12 of 21 games this year...Warthen has also led the team in assists in 14 of 21 games and in nine of the last 14...UA has scored 60 points or more in 11 of its last 19 games...JaLea Bennett has picked up a steal in four consecutive games...Arizona has  won the battle of the benches in 12 of its last 19 games...Arizona has recorded more fastbreak points than the opposition in four consecutive contests.

#Chillin4Charity Challenge Recognized By ESPNW

Arizona's #Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge that took place last summer was ranked No. 3 on ESPNW's “The Best of the Buzz 2014: 5 Heartwarming Moments” list. The challenge raised over $65,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, while the movement reached over 92 million people on Twitter.

Bench Production

Arizona's bench has outscored its opponents' reserves in 12 of its last 19 games...the Cats have boasted 13 double-digit scorers off the bench, including having at least one double-figure reserve in six straight contests...the Arizona bench has accounted for 45 percent (258/572) of its total points over its last eight games.

Welcome to the (1000-Point) Club

Candice Warthen connected on a jumper in the lane to record points No. 1,000 and 1,001 of her career with 55 seconds remaining in the 1st half, last Friday night at Utah. She became the 18th 1,000-point scorer in program history.

Closing the Door

Arizona is 8-1 this season when leading with five minutes left in a contest...the Cats are 6-1 this year when leading with 10 minutes left in a game.

Home Sweet Home

Six of Arizona's eight wins have come at home this season.

A Nice First Impression

Arizona played four opponents for the first time in school history this season in FIU, Grambling State, Southern and Tennessee Martin. The Cats finished a perfect 4-0 against them.

Candice Climbing

Candice Warthen is currently sitting on 1,016 career points...she's ranked  No. 17 on UA's all-time scoring list...she's just 44 points shy of tying Kim Conway for 16th on the all-time list.

Top 20 All-Time Leading Scorers

                Player                    Years           GP        FGM (3FG)    FTM    Pts.

1.             Adia Barnes           1995-98       121      881 (3)         472     2237

2.             Davellyn Whyte        2009-13          126                    666 (274)                449          2036

3.             Dee-Dee Wheeler 2002-05       124      762 (186)     256     1966

4.             Ify Ibekwe                                 2008-11         116               628 (35)       362          1653

5.             Elizabeth Pickney  1999-02       121      570 (8)         472     1620

6.             Shawntinice Polk   2003-05       94        604 (0)         259     1467

7.             Ashley Whisonant  2005-08       122      537(50)        327     1451

8.             Timi Brown            1987-91       114      531 (16)       237     1315

9.             Dana Patterson      1985-88       112      541 (0)         221     1299

10.           Kirsten Smith        1983-86       108      454 (0)         356     1264

11.           Reshea Bristol       1998-01       118      408 (91)       353     1260

12.           Aimee Grzyb          2001-04       123      439 (208)     141     1227

13.           Lisa Griffith            1997-00       122      387 (285)     140     1199

14.           Natalie Jones         2003-06       126      361 (117)     310     1149

15.           Yolanda Turner      1984-87       111      459 (0)         226     1144

16.           Kim Conway          1990-94       112      393 (0)         274     1060

17.           Candice Warthen  2010-           106      388 (68)       172     1016

18.           Melissa Handley    1989-92       108      383 (9)         225     1000

19.           Amina Njonkou      2006-09       101      354 (2)         277     987

20.           Marte Alexander   1995-98       109      366 (0)         244     976

21.           Janelle Thompson 1991-94       111      370 (0)         240     971

A Consistent Option

Sophomore forward LaBrittney Jones is averaging 9.2 points and a team-leading 6.2 rebounds per game. She has recorded a team-leading equaling two double-doubles this season, while she's scored in double figures in eight of her last 16 games and three of her last four. She also leads the team in blocks (1.5 bpg), field goal percentage (.448), and offensive rebounds (2.5 rpg)

Warthen Getting Up

Despite being listed at just 5-foot-5, Candice Warthen  ranks second on  the team in overall rebounding (5.8 rpg), while she leads the club in defensive rebounding (4.8 rpg).

Do as She Does

Candice Warthen has done it all for Arizona so far, as she leads the team in scoring (12.9 ppg), free throws made (3.1 fpg), field goals made (4.6 fpg), assists (3.0 apg), steals (1.1 spg),  defensive rebounding (4.8 rpg) and minutes played (33.6 mpg). The senior has led the Cats in scoring in 12 of 21 games this season.

RECYCLED NOTES

Career Night For Jones

LaBrittney Jones went for a career-high 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting in Arizona's thrilling overtime win over Oregon on Jan. 25 at McKale Center, including accounting for seven of Arizona's 12 overtime points. The 30 points scored were the most points any Arizona player had scored since Davellyn White went for 31 points on Feb. 19, 2013 vs. Arizona State.

More on the Oregon Win

The win marked Arizona's fifth win over the Ducks over their last six meetings inside McKale Center...the 81 points scored were the most amount of points UA had scored at home since putting up 86 on Feb. 10, 2013 at California. It was also the most amount of points scored since scoring 86 on Dec. 20, 2012 vs. Longwood.

Historic Home Defense

The Wildcats held opponents to 45 points or less in back-to-back home games for the first time in program history on Dec. 11 vs. Southern (45 pts) andDec. 14 vs. UAB (44 pts).

Working Overtime

Arizona's 72-69 overtime victory on Dec. 7 at Wake Forest marked the Wildcats' first overtime win since winning at Wichita State ,81-72 in overtime on Nov. 12, 2010....Cats had dropped six consecutive overtime contests before that win.

Cannon and Washington Honored

Keyahndra Cannon and Malena Washington were both named to the All-FIU Thanksgiving Tournament team thanks to their performances in Arizona's two games vs. FIU (Nov. 28) and Toledo (Nov. 30) earlier in the year.

Historic Day at McKale Center

Arizona held UC Santa Barbara to just 11 field goals made on Nov. 25, equaling the school record for the least amount of field goals any Arizona opponent has ever converted on...Arizona's 61-34 victory over UC Santa Barbara marked Arizona's first win on the season...the Cats opened 0-2 last season and also earned their first win over the Gauchos...the 34 points allowed marked the least amount of points Arizona had surrendered since giving up just 32 points to Iona on Dec. 28, 2010...UA held UCSB to just 22.9 percent shooting from the field, marking the lowest opponent field goal percentage since Arizona held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 21.2 percent on Dec. 18, 2011....it was also the lowest field goal percentage Arizona had held an opponent to at home since holding Iona to just 20 percent shooting on Dec. 28, 2010. ...the 27-point victory marked Arizona's largest margin of victory over any opponent since defeating Oregon 100-68 on Jan. 13, 2013.

Thank You Fans!

Arizona set a new single-game attendance record on Nov. 25 vs. UC Santa Barbara, as McKale Center entertained a crowd of 6,268 . The mark broke the school's previous single-game attendance record of 5,272 on March 4, 2000 vs. Oregon.

Breaking Down the 2014-15 Cats

Seventh-year head coach Niya Butts and the Wildcats return three starters and seven letterwinners overall from last year's squad, including leading scorer Candice Warthen (11.1 ppg). Senior Alli Gloyd (9.4 pts, 6 rebs in 2012-13)  and redshirt freshman Dejza James also return after tearing ACLs last year. Arizona also boasts the highest ranked recruiting class in program history coming into the new season.

More the Merrier

Nine players saw game action in Arizona's season opener vs. Bakersfield, which was the most in 20 straight contests going back to last season's Dec. 21contest vs. UC Riverside.

Cats Tabbed 12th in Pac-12 Preseason Polls

Arizona was picked to finish 12th in the conference in both the preseason media and coaches' polls. The Cats received 12 overall points in the media poll to finish just behind Colorado, who received 42 points. UA tallied 12 points in the coaches' poll, while Utah claimed 28 votes, as it was placed 11th.

Stanford (116, 7 first place), California (111, 3 first place), and Oregon State (105, 2 first place) rounded out the coaches' picks for the conference's top three finishers, while the media picked California (194, 9 first place) to take home the league crown, followed by Stanford (190, 7 first place) and Oregon State (162, 1 first place).

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

The 2014-15 slate is once again littered with top-notch competition, as Arizona will play 17 contests against teams who qualified for postseason play a year ago, including seven matches with teams ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' preseason polls in No. 6/6 Stanford, No. 15/14 California, No. 20/21 Oregon State, and No. 23/23 UCLA. Conference foes Oregon, USC, and Arizona State are also receiving votes in either one or both preseason polls. The Cats will clash with those schools a combined five times.

Lights, Camera, Action

Arizona games will be shown on a television a school-record 14 times this season, all on the Pac-12 Networks.

By The Numbers

Arizona returns 53 percent of its total points scored (913/1,736), 48 percent of its rebounds (494/1,020), 54 percent of its field goals made (357/661), 25 percent of its three-pointers made (27/109), 56 percent of its free throws converted (172/305), 41 percent of its assists (140/344), and 53 percent of its steals from a season ago (103/193).

“Gloyd” to Have You Back

Senior forward Alli Gloyd returns to action after missing all of last season with a torn ACL. Gloyd averaged 9.4 points and six rebounds per game during the 2012-13 campaign. If one were to plug in her 2012-13 numbers into last year's overall statistics, she would have led the team in free throw percentage (.739) and overall rebounding (6.0), while her total steals (37) and points per game (9.4) would rank second among all returners. Gloyd scored in double figures 14 separate times during 2012-13.

Healthy Cats

Arizona played the final 13 games of last season with seven healthy players or less. The Cats enter 2014-15 with practically double that amount with 13 healthy players.

New Kids on the Block

Arizona welcomes seven new faces to the program in freshmen guards JaLea Bennett, Cherice Harris, Charise Holloway, and Taryn Griffey, who was ranked as the 21st best guard and the 86th overall prospect in the nation according to ESPNW's 2014 HoopGurlz Recruiting rankings. The class is considered one of the best in program history. Transfer guards Malena Washington (Tyler JC), Chy Cunningham (Paris JC) and Lauren Evans (Virginia Tech) also enter their first seasons with the program.

All Over the Map

Arizona boasts players from seven different states, as four players are from California, four are from Texas, two are from Arizona, while Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada, and Washington are each represented once on the roster.

Arizona Inks Three in Early 2015-16 Signing Period

The Wildcats signed forward A'Shanti Coleman, guard Michal Miller  and forward Destiny Graham during the early signing period.

A'Shanti Coleman | Forward | 6-2 | Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep

Coleman comes to Arizona regarded as one of the top bigs in the nation as she's been placed as the 108th ranked forward in the country according to “The Jump Off Plus”. She was named to the All-State First Team last year after nearly averaging a double-double, scoring 12 points, pulling down seven rebounds, and blocking four shots per game her junior season. She also helped guide Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep to back-to-back league titles, while leading the Irish to the state title game her sophomore year. Sacred Heart recorded an overall mark of 25-7 and a league mark of 11-1 that season. Coleman also was awarded team MVP honors after her sophomore campaign, where she averaged eight points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots per contest. Coleman plans to major in psychology.

Michal Miller | Guard | 5-7 | Michigan City High School (Michigan City, Ind.)

Miller comes to Arizona ranked as 35th best guard in the country according to Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. She also brings loads of basketball experience, as she will have started all four seasons for Michigan City High School by the time her senior year concludes. Miller enters her final season at Michigan City as one of the most dangerous all-around players in the state, as she averaged career highs in points (20.4 ppg), rebounds (6.5 rpg), and steals (4.8 spg) last year, while earning All-America, First-Team Underclass All-State and All-League honors. She was also named the team's most valuable player. During her sophomore campaign, Miller averaged 11.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 3.7 steals per contest on her way to claiming First Team Underclass All-State and Second Team All-League honors, after guiding the Wolves to a 19-4 overall record.

Miller made an impact on the Michigan City program right away, as she started all 25 contests her freshman year, averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 3.5 steals, and a block per game, helping the Wolves obtain an 18-7 overall record. Miller wants to study music or communications when she gets to Arizona.

Destiny Graham | Forward | 6-2 | Eastside College Prep (East Palo Alto, Calif.)

Graham comes to Arizona ranked as the No. 28 forward in the country according to Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. She enters her senior season at Eastside College Prep poised for a breakout year, as she set career bests in points scored (14.6 ppg), rebounds (8.6 rpg), and blocks (3.4 bpg), on her way to claiming league MVP honors and a spot on the All-League First Team. Graham averaged a career-best 5.1 steals per contest her sophomore year, while leading the Panthers to the league title and a berth in the state championship game, after going 22-9 overall. She was named the West Bay Foothill League's most improved player and earned Second Team All-League honors.

Graham made an impact right away as a freshman, pulling down 8.3 boards per contest and nearly averaging two blocks a game on the way to being named an All-League Honorable Mention. She's started all three seasons thus far at Eastside. Graham played under head coach Donovan Blythe both at Eastside College Prep and on Blythe's Basketball AAU squad. She plans to major in criminology.


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