8:36 PM EST, Mon February 17, 2020
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Arizona baseball suffers first loss vs. Minnesota, ending nation’s longest winning streak

Arizona baseball suffers first loss vs. Minnesota, ending nation’s longest winning streak

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports Arizona baseball scored 11 or more runs in all three games of a season-opening sweep against Albany last weekend, but the offense came to a screeching halt on Monday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Wildcats fell to Minnesota 5-2 for their first loss of the season, ending a 13-game winning streak dating back to last season, the longest in the nation. Arizona (3-1) did not get on the board until the sixth when Ryan Holgate and Jacob Blas cut the deficit to 3-2 with back-to-back RBI doubles. The Wildcats had a chance to tie it or take the lead, but Blas got...
6 hours ago
Arizona’s Zeke Nnaji named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after dominating Cal, Stanford

Arizona’s Zeke Nnaji named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after dominating Cal, Stanford

Photo by Chris Coduto/Icon Sportswire via While it has been an up-and-down season for the Arizona Wildcats, Zeke Nnaji has been as consistent as they come. Nnaji was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Monday, his fourth time winning the nomination, tied with Washington’s Isaiah Stewart for the most in the conference. Nnaji averaged 21 points and eight rebounds on 61 percent shooting in Arizona’s road sweep of the Bay Area schools. His 21-point, 11-rebound double-double against Stanford was his league-leading 12th of the season, tied for second-most among all freshmen. For the...
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Arizona moves up a spot in AP Top 25 after sweeping Washington schools

Arizona moves up a spot in AP Top 25 after sweeping Washington schools

Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Not quite in the Top 10 but getting closer The Arizona women’s basketball team is peaking at the right time. With only three weeks until the postseason, the Wildcats have moved up a spot to No. 11 in the AP Top 25, their highest ranking of the season and their best mark since the 1997-98 campaign. Arizona (21-4, 10-4) has won three straight and eight of its last nine, its lone loss coming at No. 3 Oregon on Feb. 7. The Wildcats handily swept the Washington schools at home last weekend, winning both games by double figures. They head back on the...
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Arizona returns to AP Top 25 after Bay Area sweep

Arizona returns to AP Top 25 after Bay Area sweep

Photo by Larry Placido/Icon Sportswire via The Arizona Wildcats’ roller coaster of a season is back on the upswing after sweeping Cal and Stanford in the Bay Area. The Wildcats (18-7, 8-4 Pac-12) returned to the AP Top 25 this week, checking in at No. 24 in the poll after spending last week unranked. Arizona has alternated being between being ranked and unranked in each of the past four weeks. However, the Wildcats have remained pretty steady in the NET and KenPom ratings, where they rank 8th and 13th, respectively. BracketMatrix.com, which compiles the NCAA Tournament bracket...
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Power ranking Pac-12 basketball after the seventh week of conference play

Power ranking Pac-12 basketball after the seventh week of conference play

Photo by Steve Dykes/ Only three weeks remain in the regular season and the Pac-12 title race is as unsettled as the Iowa caucus. There’s still a four-way tie for first in the loss column, with two more only a game behind, which means these last few weekends are going to be fun to watch. After each week’s results we will rank the league, breaking down how they fared in their most recent games and looking ahead to what’s next. 1. Oregon Ducks (20-6, 9-4) Last week: 2nd Oregon held serve at home, where it is unbeaten this season, against Colorado and Utah. The Thursday win...
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Arizona baseball defeats Albany 11-3, sweeps season-opening series

Arizona baseball defeats Albany 11-3, sweeps season-opening series

Photo courtesy Arizona Athletics If Arizona baseball’s first series of 2020 is any indication of how the rest of the Wildcats’ season is going to play out, head coach Jay Johnson and company will be very happy come May. Albeit against a lesser opponent, Arizona dominated its three-game set against Albany to open the year, outscoring the Great Danes 38-10, outhitting them 40-16 and racking up a ridiculous 43 strikeouts. The Cats struck out just 17 times themselves. Despite being closer than the final score indicated (Albany left 14 guys on base), Sunday’s series finale was no...
Feb 16, 2020
Alyssa Denham’s second no-hitter propels Arizona softball past Long Beach State

Alyssa Denham’s second no-hitter propels Arizona softball past Long Beach State

Photo by Ryan Kelapire Senior right-hander Alyssa Denham entered elite company in Sunday’s 6-0 win vs. Long Beach State, becoming the first Arizona pitcher since Taryne Mowatt to throw two seven-inning no-hitters in her career. Mowatt, now UA’s pitching coach, called both games the dugout. “I’m happy for her because that’s tough to do no matter who you’re playing,” said head coach Mike Candrea. “It’s fun to see her in get club.” A club that includes legends like Jennie Finch, Alicia Hollowell, and Susie Parra. Denham threw her first career no-hitter last March at...
Feb 16, 2020
Arizona dominates Washington State for 21st victory of the year

Arizona dominates Washington State for 21st victory of the year

Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Punching first is something Adia Barnes and her players talk about often. On Sunday afternoon, that’s exactly what the Arizona Wildcats did. The Washington State Cougars didn’t quite know what hit them out of the gates in the 72-57 Arizona victory. After a strong night from the 3-point line on Friday night, Arizona started just where they left off on Sunday afternoon. By the 6:33 mark, three Wildcats had already connected from outside. Sam Thomas was one of them, already on her way to one of her best games of the season. Thomas had 18 points...
Feb 16, 2020
What we learned from Arizona’s win at Stanford

What we learned from Arizona’s win at Stanford

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports The Arizona Wildcats handled the Stanford Cardinal 69-60 on Saturday to complete their second Pac-12 road sweep and improve to 18-7 overall and 8-4 in conference play. Our full recap can be found here, Sean Miller’s postgame comments can be found here, and below are some additional takeaways: Arizona won in a new way Entering Saturday, Arizona was 0-4 in games with an offensive rating below 100. They are now 1-4. The Wildcats made up for their ongoing shooting struggles (more on that in a sec) by doing almost everything else well. They made their free...
Feb 16, 2020
Arizona hosts Washington State: What to expect, how to watch

Arizona hosts Washington State: What to expect, how to watch

The Arizona Wildcats have five games left in the regular season. All of them are winnable. Yes, including the Feb. 28 game againt No. 8 Stanford. Winning means getting into the NCAA Tournament and likely even hosting a few games. “I wouldn’t have thought we’d be in a situation where we know we’re going to be in for sure,” Arizona coach Adia Barnes said. “And we’re not there yet because we have five games to go, but there’s a really good chance if we take care of business. So, I just tried to narrow our focus and think one game at a time.” The first of those five is...
Feb 16, 2020
Arizona baseball routs Albany for 12th straight win

Arizona baseball routs Albany for 12th straight win

Photo by Peter Aiken/ Well, so far, so good for Arizona baseball in 2020. In what was the second of a three-game series to open the new season, the Wildcats blew out the Albany Great Danes 15-0 Saturday night at Hi Corbett Field. The combination of strong start from sophomore righty Quinn Flanagan and an explosive offensive performance powered the Cats to a 12th straight win dating back to last season. Flanagan got the win on the mound, setting a career high in strikeouts with 10 and allowing just two hits and two walks over the course of a 7-inning appearance. Freshman righty Wesley...
Feb 16, 2020
What Sean Miller said after Arizona’s win at Stanford

What Sean Miller said after Arizona’s win at Stanford

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports The Wildcats fit his definition of a “great team” The Arizona Wildcats won their 20th straight over the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, winning 69-60 to pick up their second road sweep of the season. No other Pac-12 team even has one. Our full recap can be found here, and here is what Sean Miller had to say on his postgame radio show. We will update this if more quotes become available. On the win: “It was a testament really to our growth as a team because after a couple tough losses and a number of games this year, one of the things that I’ve really...
Feb 16, 2020
Arizona’s defense, foul shooting keys win at Stanford

Arizona’s defense, foul shooting keys win at Stanford

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports The Arizona Wildcats committed more fouls on Saturday night than in any other game this season. Two of their most important players, freshmen Nico Mannion and Zeke Nnaji, spent large amounts of time on the bench in the second half because of foul trouble. And they shot below 40 percent for the fourth time in the last six games, putting forth another abysmal performance from beyond the arc, while turning it over 16 times. And none of that mattered. Not with how Arizona played on defense and made the most of the fouls it drew against the Stanford Cardinal. The...
Feb 15, 2020
Mariah Lopez ‘exceptional’ but Arizona softball falls to No. 2 Oklahoma in extra innings

Mariah Lopez ‘exceptional’ but Arizona softball falls to No. 2 Oklahoma in extra innings

Photo by Ryan Kelapire Until Saturday, Arizona softball had found a way to win the close ones, with three of their first eight wins being decided by one run. They finally faltered. No. 2 Oklahoma outlasted No. 4 Arizona 6-4 in 10 innings on Saturday in a game that had a Women’s College World Series feel, with the added twist of the international tiebreaker rule, which places a runner on second to begin extra innings. In the end, Arizona’s inexperience showed. Freshman Bella Dayton dropped a routine fly ball in left field in the 10th, allowing the go-ahead runs to score with one out...
Feb 15, 2020
Arizona vs. Stanford game thread

Arizona vs. Stanford game thread

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports The Arizona Wildcats (17-7, 7-4 Pac-12) will try to pull off a second consecutive road sweep and keep alive an amazing streak when they visit the Stanford Cardinal (16-8, 5-6) on Saturday night. Arizona, which has won three straight on the road, holds a 19-game win streak against the Cardinal dating back to 2009. Stanford has dropped six of seven since starting 4-0 in league play. Here is all the info you need to tune in, along with links to all of our pregame coverage. Come chat with us! Arizona-Stanford game time, details: Date: Saturday, Feb. 15,...