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Seniors Candice Warthen and Alli Gloyd will played their final home games this weekend

Wildcats Begin Final Homestand With Colorado on Friday

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TUCSON, AZ - Arizona finishes off the 2014-15 regular season this weekend at home, beginning with a contest vs. Colorado, Friday at 6 pm MST inside McKale Center. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks and can be heard locally on KTUC 1400 AM.

INSIDE THE SERIES...

Arizona vs. Colorado

Overall Record......................... 3-13

Home Record............................. 2-5

Away Record............................. 1-8

Neutral Record.......................... 0-0

Longest Win Streak.......... 2 Games

Longest Losing Streak.... 10 Games

Current Streak.................... Lost 10

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

First Meeting

Dec. 11, 1988 in Tucson, Ariz. (W, 75-66)

Last Meeting

Feb. 1, 2015 in Boulder, Colo. (L, 81-69) 

The Series Game-By-Game (Last 10)

12/31/89L at CU 78, UA 69

1/1/91 L CU 75, at UA 69 (OT)

11/24/91L at CU 74, UA 53

1/22/12                  L   CU 56, at UA 54

2/9/12 L at CU 69, UA 59

1/20/13                  L   at CU 79, UA 36

2/15/13                  L   CU 55, at UA 42

1/24/14                  L   at CU 68, UA 47

2/23/14                  L   CU 61, at UA 56, OT

2/1/15 L at CU 81, UA 69

Series Notes: Friday's contest will mark the 17th meeting all-time between the two programs , as Colorado holds a 13-3 lead in the all-time series...the Wildcats' last win over the Buffaloes came on Dec. 11, 1988 (W, 75-69) at McKale Center....the Wildcats have dropped four consecutive home contests to Colorado...each of the last two meetings have been decided by 11 points or less...the Wildcats boasted four double-digit scorers in their last meeting with the Buffaloes. Malena Washington led the way, scoring a career-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while LaBrittney Jones scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, including recording a career-best six blocks in the game.

Scouting Colorado

Colorado (12-15, 5-11 Pac-12) enters this one losers of two of its last three contests, while the Buffs have gone 3-4 since the last time Arizona and Colorado met...the Buffs boast three double-digit scorers, starting with Jamee Swan, who averages a team-best 13.4 points per game, while also pulling down a team-leading eight rebounds per contest. Jen Reese averages 13 points per contest, while Lexy Kresl pours in 12.5 points per game on average to round out the double-figure scorers...Colorado ranks third in the Pac-12 in scoring, as it averages 70.4 points per game, while it gives up 69.7 points per contest...Colorado was picked to finish 10th in the Pac-12 preseason coaches' poll, while it was slotted 11th in the media poll.  

Last Time Out For Arizona

Sophomore guard Malena Washington nearly equaled her career high in scoring, but it wasn't enough, as Arizona dropped a 75-41 decision at UCLA, last Sunday afternoon inside Pauley Pavilion.

Washington scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including draining a career-best three treys, while dishing out a team-high equaling three assists. The performance marked her seventh double-figure scoring outing of the season.

Sophomore forward LaBrittney Jones provided a lift off the bench, as she poured in eight points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds in 25 of minutes of action.

Don't Look Now, But...

Arizona's final two regular season games are against teams with sub-.500 overall and conference records....the Utes and Buffs are a combined 21-33 overall and 8-24 in conference play.

Thank You Seniors

Candice Warthen and Alli Gloyd will be playing their final two regular season games as Wildcats this weekend vs. Colorado and Utah this weekend.

Second Half Times Two

Arizona is averaging just over 31 points per game in the second half compared to just 26 points in the first half. If the Cats averaged as many points in the first half as they do in the second, they'd be scoring 62 points per game. Five of Arizona's wins have come while scoring in the 60s this season.

Cardiac Cats

Six of Arizona's nine wins have come by seven points or less,  three have come by three points or less (Wake Forest, Oregon, Stanford), two have come in overtime (Wake Forest and Oregon), while both Pac-12 wins have been by three points exactly.

A Move That Works

Since being inserted into the starting lineup on Jan. 18 at California, Breanna Workman has averaged 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 23.4 minutes per contest in her 10 starts since (sat out game at OSU), including scoring a career-high 17 points on Feb. 8 vs. Stanford. In her previous 15 games off the bench she averaged just 2.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per contest.

Wait, It Gets Better

Breanna Workman may have taken LaBrittney Jones' spot in the starting lineup, but that doesn't mean Jones has stopped producing, in fact she's played even better off the bench. In 10 appearances off the bench this season, LB has averaged 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in 24.7 minutes of action, compared to averaging just 8.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest in 22.8 minutes per game in her 17 starts.

Not What It Appears

Arizona may be 2-14 in conference play thus far, but records can be deceiving. The Cats have just barely lost four games during conference play in which they rallied from big-time deficits in the second half. If those wins were losses, Arizona would be at 6-10 in league play.

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 21 blocks over her last 10 games (2.1 bpg over span), including collecting a career-high six blocks on Feb. 1 at Colorado. The six-block performance is tied for fifth on UA's all-time single-game blocks list. She averages 1.4 blocks per game on the year, which  ranks third in the Pac-12 and 122nd nationally.

More is Better

Arizona has boasted two or more double-digit scorers in 22 of its last 25 games.

Stellar D From Three

Arizona's three-point defense (.303) is ranked fourth in the Pac-12.

What's Trending

Candice Warthen has been the team's leading scorer in 15 of 27 games this year...Warthen has also led the team in assists in 17 of 27 games and in 12 of the last 20...UA has scored 60 points or more in 13 of its last 25 games...JaLea Bennett has picked up at least one steal in seven of her last 10 games...Arizona has  won the battle of the benches in 14 of its last 25 games...Arizona has recorded more fast break points than the opposition in six of the last 10 contests....Arizona has only lost the battle of the offensive glass  five times over the last 16 games.

Bench Production

Arizona's bench has outscored its opponents' reserves in 14 of its last 24 games...the Cats have boasted 17 double-digit scorers off the bench, including having at least one double-figure reserve in nine of its last 12 contests...the Arizona bench has accounted for 39 percent (367/932) of its total points over its last 12 games.

Closing the Door

Arizona is 9-1 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.

Life on the Road

Arizona just finished up a season-long four-game road trip, while it concluded a stretch of games that saw the Cats away from McKale Center in six of their last eight games.

Home Sweet Home

Seven of Arizona's nine wins have come at home this season.

We Can Do That One Again

Last time the Wildcats played inside McKale Center they pulled off a dramatic 60-57 upset win over then-ranked No. 12 Stanford.

A Consistent Option

Sophomore forward LaBrittney Jones is averaging 9.4 points and a team-leading 6.0 rebounds per game. She has recorded a team-leading equaling two double-doubles this season, while she's scored in double figures in 11 of her last 22 games and six of her last 10. She also leads the team in blocks (1.4 bpg), field goal percentage (.434), and offensive rebounds (2.4 rpg)

A Durable Duo

Seniors Alli Gloyd and Candice Warthen have started in a every game this year...Gloyd has started all 57 games in her Arizona career. 

As Simple As Scoring

Arizona is a perfect 5-0 this season when it shoots better than its opponent.

Warthen Getting Up

Despite being listed at just 5-foot-5, Candice Warthen  ranks second on  the team in overall rebounding (5.3 rpg), while she leads the club in defensive rebounding (4.6 rpg).

Do as She Does

Candice Warthen has done it all for Arizona so far, as she leads the team in scoring (12.6 ppg), free throws made (3.0 fpg), field goals made (4.5 fpg), assists (2.8 apg), steals (1.1 spg),  defensive rebounding (4.6 rpg) and minutes played (33.5 mpg). The senior has led the Cats in scoring in 15 of 27 games this season.

Candice Climbing

Candice Warthen is currently sitting on 1,085 career points...she's ranked  No. 16 on UA's all-time scoring list...she's just 59 points shy of tying Yolanda Turner for 15th on the all-time list.

Top 21 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.       Candice Warthen        2010-               112  413 (70) 189      1085

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

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

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