Off to their best start since the 2010-11 season, the Arizona Women’s Basketball team (10-1) will begin Pac-12 play against rival No. 17 ASU on Sunday.
Things are looking up in 2018-19 for the Arizona Women’s Basketball team, as they are off to their best start since the 2010-11 season.
While the good thing is that Arizona is 10-1 after a win over in-state rival Northern Arizona University on Friday evening, the bad news is that the Wildcats still have a daunting, Pac-12 schedule ahead.
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Just how daunting? Well, 10 of the other 11 conference teams have winning records thus far, with eight of those teams have 2 losses or less thus far. More impressive is that the Pac-12 has five teams in the Top 25… that’s some stiff competition.
Here’s how the standings look thus far;
- Utah (11-0)
- No. 7 Oregon (11-1)
- Arizona (10-1)
- Colorado (10-1)
- USC (10-1)
- No. 14 California (9-1)
- No. 8 Stanford (9-1)
- No. 17 ASU (9-2)
- No. 11 Oregon State (9-2)
- Washington (7-5)
- UCLA (6-5)
- Washington State (5-6)
While the competition is stiff, their schedule will certainly be tough as well. This year, Arizona will face ASU twice, Cal twice, Stanford twice, Colorado twice, Utah twice, Oregon and Oregon State twice, yet face the bottom three teams and USC just once.
Luckily, the Wildcats have a solid core of talent to rely upon, albeit a bit unproven still. If the Wildcats are going to succeed, their success is going to have to come from their leading scorer in Aari McDonald, who is averaging 24.2 points per game.
Additionally, the freshman phenom Cate Reese has been living up to the hype thus far, averaging 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Beyond that, they are going to need contributions from everywhere. The good thing is that Arizona already surpassed their win total from last year, and if Arizona is going to have a winning record this year, they need to win just six of their 18 remaining games.
We do know that brighter days are coming to Tucson!
Watch some of the highlights from Arizona’s win over NAU last Friday!
At Zona Zealots, we are excited to see how the Wildcats perform this season, and hope that can continue to surprise many! Bear Down, Arizona!