The Washington Huskies (10-8 overall; 2-6 PAC) go on the road to face the #19-ranked Arizona Wildcats (15-4 overall; 5-3 PAC) — at 6pm PST, Friday, January 27th.
Arizona is a perennial Top 20 women’s basketball program led by head coach Adia Barnes.
The Wildcats allow only 63.2 points per game and hold opponents to 41.1% shooting overall and 30.8% shooting from three-point range.
Arizona’s national reputation is of a lockdown defensive program, however, the defensive numbers are lot less stellar this year – likely due to the loss of multiple key players due to graduation and transfers.
Still, traveling to Arizona’s McKale Memorial Center and getting a road victory is still a very steep task for anyone, including the Huskies.
Arizona Wildcats Player Preview
Offensively, the Wildcats are a difficult matchup due to very balanced scoring — four players average in double figures in points per game.
Arizona’s starting five (individually previewed, below) demonstrates above average effectiveness from all areas of the court — except left-side three-pointers.
Reese averages a team-leading 12.5 points per PAC-12 game, along with 5.3 rebounds (2.1 offensive/3.1 defensive) and 0.4 blocks in 28.7 minutes.
On offense, Cate Reese “eats” in the paint, 77.2% of her shots are within the paint — 57.9% of her shot attempts are at the rim (within 4.5 feet of the basket), where she averages six points per game (Top 3% in the nation).