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Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Third time's a charm as Olson breaks wins record

Lute Olson can add another milestone to his Hall of Fame resumÄ.

The UA basketball head coach set the school's mark for career wins Saturday in Arizona's 97-72 win against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. Olson's 510th win as Wildcat skipper topped former head coach Fred Enke for most wins all-time. The mark is another notch in the belt for Olson, who needed just 21 years to set the Arizona record.

It took Enke 36 years to reach the 509-win plateau while losing 324 games. In a career that spanned four decades (1925-61), Enke amassed a .611 winning percentage. Olson's 150 losses as a Wildcat give him a .772 percentage, good for second all-time in the Pacific 10 Conference. [Read article]

photo Arizona wins 23rd straight at home

Wildcats will try to take momentum to Oregon this week

The Wildcat women's basketball team was ice cold in the first half. They had ice water running through their veins in the second.

Arizona outscored UCLA 47-27 in the final 20 minutes to overcome the Bruins 70-54 Saturday in McKale Center, tacking on another victory to their school-record 23-game home winning streak.

The Wildcats will try to bring that second-half momentum with them when they travel to Eugene and Corvallis to take on Oregon Thursday and Oregon State Saturday. Arizona is 9-0 at home this season but just 3-3 on the road. [Read article]

Live by the 3, die by the 3

The men's basketball team dismantled UCLA Saturday, hanging a 25-point beating on the Bruins in historic Pauley Pavilion. After a bad loss to Southern California two days earlier, a statement Pac-10 win on national television was just what the UA faithful needed. Suddenly, the Stanford and USC debacles looked more like aberrations and less like the seventh sign of the apocalypse.

Then the box score went up on, and anybody who took a close look realized that one thing made the difference between an uncompetitive USC loss and steamrolling the Pac-10 leader on the road. [Read article]

photo Wildcats sweep NAU to start spring season

The UA men's tennis team started off its season with a clean sweep of Northern Arizona yesterday, winning every match to complete the 7-0 victory.

In the No. 1 doubles match, sophomore Daniel Andrus and junior Paul Warkentin defeated the team of Thibault Schram and Lew DeLeon 8-5, while senior Tom Lloyd defeated Schram 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match.

UA head coach Bill Wright said he was pleased with the performance. [Read article]

photo Icecats earn weekend split with OT thriller

In their weekend series with No. 4 Lindenwood, the Arizona Icecats showed they weren't going to go down without a fight.

But after a split, they may be shorthanded against No. 8 Weber State because of a large postgame brawl.

After No. 16 Arizona's (9-7-2) 5-2 loss to the Lions (24-2-1) on Saturday in TCC Arena, a large fight broke out in which an Icecat worker had to be restrained by police and a Lindenwood assistant coach went into the locker room with a wet back after falling on the ice. Afterward, a security guard said he caught an LU coach trying to hit fans with a stick, which prompted the guard to call the police. [Read article]

photo Gymcats open Pac-10 play with upset of Bruins

Arizona knocks off defending champs

The No. 11 Arizona gymnastics team knocked off the defending national champion UCLA Bruins in McKale Center Friday night by the combined score of 196.725 to 194.625 in front of 1,065 fans.

"Our goal was to go out and play to our level, and we did just that," UA head coach Bill Ryden said after the upset. "We really don't know how good we can be yet."

Arizona's performance is the fifth-best in school history. The team score on the vault (49.400) was the fourth best all-time, and the team score on the beam (49.225) was fifth- best of all time. [Read article]

photo Cat Tracking: Eugene Edgerson

This week, former UA basketball player Eugene Edgerson talks about life touring the country as a Harlem Globetrotter. Edgerson, one of the most memorable fan favorites in Wildcat history and the only UA player to play in two Final Fours, talked to the Wildcat from his Reno, Nev. hotel room following a game.

Wildcat: How'd you wind up with the Globetrotters?

Edgerson: What happened, I played in the USBL this summer and wound up losing in the playoffs. While I was on the way back to Arizona, I happened to be on the same flight as the (Globetrotters) scout. He was there scouting the playoffs, so he extended the offer to me again. He actually extended me the offer right after I got done with my eligibility there at the U of A, but, you know, it's every kid's dream that plays basketball to make it to the NBA, so I wanted to give the NBA a shot. I gave the NBA a shot by going and playing in the NBA developmental league for two years. Wound up having a good career. But after two good seasons in the league, nothing came out of it. I won a championship, played hard, put up good numbers, and I still never got a tryout or even a summer league spot. So after those two years of giving my all and not even getting a look, it was time to turn elsewhere. [Read article]

Rare 3-point barrage lifts UA over visiting Bruins at home

What a difference a 3-pointer makes.

For the Wildcat women's basketball team, it was possibly the difference between victory and defeat on Saturday against a young Bruin squad.

The Wildcats are not known as a 3-point shooting team. Up until the UCLA and USC games, the UA was last place in the Pacific 10 Conference in 3-point field goals made. It doesn't attempt very many, either.

The offense runs through sophomore center Shawntinice Polk and junior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler for the most part, so sharp-shooting beyond the arc has not been necessary for the Wildcats to win games. Senior guard Aimee Grzyb is the 3-point specialist for the Wildcats, but if she is cold, their perimeter game is almost non-existent. [Read article]

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