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    W-basketball gets healthy for scrimmage

    For the first time in almost a year, the Arizona women’s basketball team is nearly 100 percent healthy.

    The Wildcats will look to keep it that way during the annual Red and Blue Game on Sunday at 2 p.m. in McKale Center.

    After a year brimming with injuries, beginning with a season-ending knee injury to center Beatrice Bofia in last year’s Red and Blue Game, Arizona will play in front of a live audience for the first time this season.

    “”The biggest thing with the Red and Blue Game is to get used to being out on the court with fans again,”” said forward Shannon Hobson. “”It’s more about getting out on the court and showing the fans what we have to offer this year.””

    Instead of Wildcats scrimmaging against one another, head coach Joan Bonvicini will have her team face off against its male practice players. Bonvicini said the matchup would give her team more chances for substitutions due to a small roster of only 11.

    “”Instead of exhausting everyone we’ll just go against the guys,”” she said.

    While the matchup will allow for the team to get some extra rest, the weekend will not be easy for the Wildcats.

    Because the Wildcats open their season with a three-day tournament at Penn State on Nov. 9-11, Bonvicini added an additional full-length scrimmage for tomorrow, as well.

    The two games “”should really give us a chance to see what kind of condition we’re in,”” Bonvicini said, adding that the weekend “”will be good for us to see where we are defensively, who rebounds well and where we are offensively, as well.

    “”I think it’s a great opportunity to see how people perform under pressure and what kind of unit we really have.””

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