Information provided by the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report.
The Arizona Wildcats play at Utah today at noon with the objective to get a road sweep and extend their school-record 11-game winning streak.
Coach Adia Barnes’ team (12-1, 2-0 Pac-12) could also get into the AP Top 25 for the first time since the 2004-05 season with a win. The last time Arizona was ranked was on Dec. 6, 2004, at No. 24.
A win today would also give Arizona its best start in program history. The Wildcats are off to their best start since the 1999-00 season and are 12-1 for the third time in school history, matching the 1999-2000 and 1995-1996 teams. Both of those teams lost in their 14th game.
The game against the Utes (12-1, 1-1 after their last-second loss to ASU on Thursday) will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks and will be broadcast on KTUC (1400-AM).
Arizona, coming of a thrilling 69-67 win at Colorado on Friday, is one of five teams in the nation to allow fewer than 51 points per game. The Wildcats are the only team in the Pac-12 to do so.
Aari McDonald is the nation’s third-leading scorer at 24.8 points per game, which also tops the Pac-12. She is the only player in the country to average 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals per game and is the first player in school history to score at least 15 points in the first 13 games of the season.
Arizona is the only team in the nation to lead their conference in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, three-point percentage defense and steals per game.
Utah, which lost to ASU 65-63 on Friday, is led by Megan Huff, who averages 19.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Daneesha Provo scores 13.5 points and Dre’Una Edwards is scoring 12.3 points per game and grabbing 7.7 rebounds per game as a freshman.
The battle between freshmen standouts Cate Reese of Arizona and Edwards should be something to behold.
Reese has the third-most double-doubles among all freshmen in the country with four through 13 games, which is also tied for the most among all freshmen in the Pac-12.
After scoring 20 points and grabbing 18 rebounds against Montana earlier this season, Reese became the first freshman since Ify Ibekwe to have four double-doubles in one season. The last player to have five or more double-doubles in a season was Davellyn Whyte in the 2012-13 season.