IN BRIEF : Arizona Team Stranded by Storm

<i> From Times wire services </i>

A late-winter storm in the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday night forced the top-ranked Arizona Wildcats to postpone their flight to Spokane, Wash., until today, an Arizona spokesman said.

Arizona sports publicist Butch Henry said he had been told that the team could not leave Seattle-Tacoma International Airport until the storm let up. He said the team spent the night in a Seattle hotel and left about 8:30 a.m. PST for the airport.

The Wildcats, 22-3, who regained the No. 1 spot in the poll this week after beating Duke, were scheduled to play Washington State in Pullman tonight.

The trip called for them to fly to Spokane, then bus to Pullman, about 70 miles south. On Friday, Arizona was to fly from Spokane to Los Angeles for a nationally televised contest Saturday against UCLA.


Arizona, 15-1, could win the Pacific-10 Conference title by winning either game. Its conference loss was to Stanford, 14-3.