January 19, 2017

Next up: Visitors from Arizona

The Arizona schools that were defeated by the Cardinal in the first round of the conference season come to Maples for a rematch next weekend.

  University of Arizona Wildcats

Arizona is up first on Friday evening at 7:00:

Alert: There's going to be an Inauguration Day Protest at Town & Country Vilage (Embarcadero and El Camino) from 5:00 to 7:00 on Friday. Allow for congestion on your way to Maples.

Do you know that Arizona used to be one of the top teams in the Pac-10/12?

Do you remember Polkey? It sometimes seems that the program has never recovered from the shocking death of Shawntinice Polk in 2005. Except for one season, they've placed among the bottom three in the conference since then.

So it's good to see them starting this season well under the guidance of new head coach Adia Barnes, who is the leading scorer in Arizona women's basketball history.

As is typical of a season with a new coach, they had an easy non-conference schedule and went 9-2.

They stand at 2-4 in conference play, as do California, Oregon and Utah. They defeated Washington State and Utah and lost to California, Stanford, Colorado and Washington.

Here are Arizona's roster and season statistics.

  Arizona State Sun Devils

Then it's Stanford vs Arizona State on Sunday afternoon at 3:00

The agility dogs will perform at halftime, and there will be a behind-the-bench session after the game.

ASU would have likely beaten us in Tempe three weeks ago if Quinn Dornstauder hadn't inadvertantly fouled Bird in the last 20 seconds of the game. I'm sure that Charli and her Sun Devils will come to Maples determined to avenge that infuriating loss.

ASU has defeated Cal, Colorado, Utah and WSU since then and lost only to Washington. They stand at fourth in the conference, tied with UCLA.

The Cardinal will be equally determined to protect their home court this time around, remembering Sophie Brunner's buzzer-beater last season.

Here are Arizona State's roster and season statistics.

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