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Thursday, January 22, 2004
photo Men's Hoops: Consistency key for Cats

After a Jekyll-and-Hyde road trip to Los Angeles that saw Arizona complete a 34-point turnaround - losing to USC by nine points Jan. 15 only to defeat UCLA 97-72 two days later - consistency is something the Wildcat coaching staff says is sorely lacking. Tonight, Olson's team gets a chance to achieve that uniformity at home against the Beavers of Oregon State.

"There is no question how well we can play," Olson said. "The difference between us and a Stanford or a Duke, UConn or Pittsburgh is their experienced players know you become consistent by consistent practice and the effort that you put in practice. We do not have that yet." [Read article]

photo Women's Hoops: UA takes shaky road act to Oregon

Arizona women's basketball will try to exorcise its road demons as it heads to Oregon to face the Ducks tonight and Beavers Saturday.

The Wildcats (14-4, 6-1 Pacific 10 Conference) have been a dominating 9-0 at home this season but only .500 away from McKale Center.

"We have a very good basketball team, but the great teams need to win on the road," said UA head coach Joan Bonvicini. "That's tough to do all the time but we need to. This is the end of the first round of the Pac-10 and we control our destiny." [Read article]

Wide Right: Breaking down men's, women's basketball

Both the men's and women's Wildcat basketball teams have had plenty of success this season. Despite a pair of recent losses, the men are still 14th in the country and are once again Final Four contenders.

The women, on the other hand, are off to their best-ever start in Pac-10 play at 6-1. With a 14-4 overall record and a 23-game winning streak at home, the women are finally beginning to receive more attention, as demonstrated in their recent gaudy home attendance figures. [Read article]

photo Coaches pick softball to finish second

The Pacific 10 Conference coaches picked the Arizona softball team to finish second in the league and defending national champions UCLA to win it.

The No. 3 Wildcats (56-7, 19-2 Pac-10 last season) were not picked to defend their Pac-10 championship, receiving 44 points. Seven points are awarded per first-place vote, six points for second and on down.

Arizona did receive two first-place votes. [Read article]

Coaches pencil baseball in third

Last season, the Arizona baseball team reached its first NCAA postseason since 1999, and this week, the Wildcats saw some of the fruits of their labor.

The UA was picked to finish third in the preseason Pacific 10 Conference coaches' poll and received one first-place vote.

For their part, the players paid the rankings little mind.

"It's nice to see it, but it's not really a big deal," sophomore pitcher Chris Frey said. "It's just polls, and you have to play every day." [Read article]

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