If Arizona fans want to see the women’s basketball team play at the McKale Center, Sunday will be their last chance until Jan. 7. The Wildcats have a very busy road and neutral field schedule, leaving New Mexico as the last to the conference team heading to Tucson this season. It will also be the first game that the team will play completely without a starting position. Lauren ware.
Ware was injured less than 30 seconds after the Dec. 9 game against North Dakota State. Initial concerns about major structural damage to his knee were allayed when the head coach Adia barnes announced that it was simply a dislocation which “immediately receded”. The Wildcats should be out of their sophomore year for one to two weeks.
The injury probably means that the transfer of graduates Ariyah Copeland will start at Ware’s place. Barnes said the biggest difference when Copeland plays instead of Ware is on the defensive end of the pitch.
“The difference between her and Lauren is just different styles,” Barnes said. “Lauren is more of a four and Ariyah is a five. So I think it’s just … different sets that we can use. I think it’s different defensively, but it’s not bad. We won’t trap as much all over the pitch if she’s at the top, but she does a really good job with the ball. She does a good job playing her defense, whether it’s plugging, trapping, or covering. “
Where Barnes thinks they will miss Ware the most is her willingness to speak to her teammates on the pitch, which demonstrates the confidence and leadership abilities of the runner-up.
“She’s our best communicator,” Barnes said.
The disruption of the team’s pace is a concern for Barnes as well, but she was just thrilled to know that it wasn’t an injury that would keep her from going out for an extended period. Ware has already missed an entire season when she had to miss her final season in high school with an ACL injury to her other knee.
Getting two games to fix the issues before the Wildcats potentially face the No.11 Texas without Ware is also helpful. Arizona will start that with New Mexico at home before traveling to Flagstaff to face NAU on December 17.
The Lobos are 8-3. Both teams played an exhibition against Eastern New Mexico. New Mexico defeated the Greyhounds 88-72 while Arizona claimed the victory 84-25.
The Lobos’ NET says their schedule hasn’t been the strongest, however. They were in 111th place after the games ended on December 10. Their best opponents were Houston and Texas Tech. The UNM lost the game at neutral site to the Red Raiders by a score of 82-75. They abandoned the road game against the Cougars 89-60.
UNM averages 75.8 points per game while giving up 62.2. The Arizona defense has allowed just 47.8 points per game this season as the offense has scored 72.6 points per game.
The numbers show New Mexico have more scoring weapons than Arizona, although the Wildcats have played their starters to a limited number of minutes so far this season. Only Sam thomas averaged over 21.9 minutes per game early on, and she only played 25.3 mpg. The Lobos have four players who average more minutes than Thomas.
The Lobos have five double-digit average players. They are led by Shaiquel McGruder with 14 pages per page. La Tora Duff is not far behind with 13.1 ppg. Following them are Jaeydn De La Cerda (12.5), La Tascya Duff (10.9), and Antonia Anderson (10.2). Only one other player on the list averages over 4.5 points per game.
On the other bench, only Cate reese is averaging double digits for the Wildcats. She scores 13.6 points per game, followed by Thomas (8.0), Pellington (7.4) and Copeland (7.0). Ware’s 7.3 points per game will not be available, but the Wildcats have eight players averaging at least 5.0 points per game
Arizona will next play McKale when they host Washington State in week two of the Pac-12 competition.
When and where
The game will start at 1:00 p.m. MST on Sunday, December 12. It will take place at the McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona.
How to watch
The game will not be televised, but will be streamed through Arizona Live Stream.
How to listen
Brody Dryden’s radio call will be at 1400 AM (KTUC). The show is also available online at The university network Or on the station site.
In-game statistics will be available on Arizona Live Statistics.
UNM is not ranked in any of the major polls, but it is No. 111 according to the Internet. Arizona is ranked # 6 in the AP Poll, # 10 in the USA Today / WBCA Poll, and # 7 by the NET.
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