Basketball

Halftime: Wildcats in a battle with No. 7 Texas A&M

 The Arizona men’s basketball team came out slow as Texas A&M, the No.7 team in the country, started 4-for-4 to try and take control of Tuesday Night’s matchup at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. It didn’t work. The Wildcats and Aggies would find themselves in the midst of several runs against each other and end up tight at the half at 31-29 in favor of Texas A&M.  Read more

Notebook: On strong finish, lineup adjustments and Ayton & McCoy

Initially it appeared as if the Wildcats were on their way to losing a fourth game in five tries after a sluggish first half. But Arizona eventually found its way in the second half, force feeding Deandre Ayton in the low post, who scored ten points in the final 20 minutes of regulation, and forcing turnovers on defense.  Read more

Position breakdown

 This is sophomore Lucia Alonso’s main position in the starting lineup, and should remain that way through the entire season. She is stable and a serviceable shooter when left open. Freshman Marlee Kyles will see significant minutes, but has been tasked to aid in pressure situations or score when put in that position in the early going. Freshman Sam Thomas, though not necessarily a point guard, has brought the ball up court from time to time as well.  Read more

Bennett battles toward final season

 JaLea Bennett is the lone senior remaining from the dark ages of Arizona women’s basketball. Bennett is the last of the 2014-15 recruiting class, and only one of two players remaining from one of the least-successful coaching tenures in school history, under former head coach Niya Butts. Talk about attrition. That kind of hindrance can make things difficult, including development.  Read more

Big aspirations for 2018 and beyond

 The Arizona women’s basketball team has never won a conference championship. They haven’t even sniffed the NCAA Tournament in quite some time. That could all be changing rapidly, and soon, because of the efforts of the Arizona coaching staff.  Read more

More than just X's and O's

 Arizona women’s basketball head coach Adia Barnes has a plan in place to make Tucson a destination for young women across the country. However, that plan can’t take shape unless she has the support system to carry through the vision, and that begins with assistant coaches. Barnes made, on paper, one of her more significant hires by bringing in Morgan Valley, a three-time National Champion, on staff.  Read more

'Cats give back to the community

 Arizona women's basketball head coach Adia Barnes accomplished many things in her first year at Arizona on and off the court. Besides earning the most conference wins in the Pac-12 and finishing with the most wins since the 2011-12 season, the Wildcats served the greater community off court throughout the season.    Read more

Destination: Arizona

In just her second season as the Arizona women’s basketball head coach, Adia Barnes has positioned the University of Arizona to be among the future staples of college basketball recruiting, possibly joining the likes of Connecticut and Tennessee  Read more

Wild-Kat

 Standing at 6-feet, you would expect senior forward Kat Wright to be a post player, making finesse moves in the paint or driving physically to the rim. But make no mistake: Wright is a shooter. In her college career she has made 151 total 3-pointers, almost breaking an NCAA record when she made eleven 3-pointers in one game.  Read more