Dec. 16, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Four players scored in double-digits and Arizona women’s basketball (7-3) defeated Weber State (0-9), 81-49 on Sunday at McKale Center.
Senior Cheshi Poston (Chicago, Ill.) scored 15 and juniors Erica Barnes (Sacramento, Calif.) and Alli Gloyd (Phoenix, Ariz.) added 13 each.
Whyte, Poston, Barnes and Gloyd all led Arizona with seven rebounds each and junior Kama Griffitts (Couer d’Alene, Idaho) contributed five assists and six steals.
As a team, UA took advantage of 35 WSU turnovers, scoring 32 points off of them. Arizona shot 46 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc. Every player scored for Arizona that entered the game.
“I thought overall our team played well,” Arizona head coach Niya Butts said. “We had 31 shot attempts and that’s pretty good. Davellyn is pretty consistent. If you had to pick a player that today played well, shot the ball well, took a couple charges, she had a couple rebounds, and she did a lot of things well. I thought a couple of players showed some poise and were able to make things happen.”
UA started the game out strong with a 7-0 run. Back-to-back three-pointers by Whyte and four points from Barnes fueled a 12-0 Wildcat run to give Arizona a 19-3 edge. Weber State battled back, but UA went in to halftime with a 37-25 lead behind Whyte’s 16 first-half points.
In the second half, Arizona took charge, firing out on a 24-3 run fueled by Gloyd’s eight points. WSU could not overcome the deficit, and UA finished the game off, 81-49.
Arizona will return to McKale Center to host Longwood to wrap its non-conference season on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m.
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“It was a good team win for us. Whenever you can come out with the win, you want to embrace that. I thought our kids played hard, mostly in the second half. I think the first half we were a little sluggish. We didn’t finish well; we turned the ball over an awful lot. The good thing is that we forced a lot of turnovers. We were able to finish and make plays in the second half. Again, overall, our team is still growing. We got the win today, and we just have to keep moving forward.”
On keeping a team focused when leading by a large margin:
“We are playing to get better. We are playing to get in the field of 64. When you have that it should be your constant reminder, not the scoreboard. Truth is, sometimes it becomes difficult for them to stay as focused as they need to be. We have to play to make ourselves better, not to the level of the competition.”
On the team’s focus today:
“In the second half, I think we did a much better job of concentrating and wanting to finish plays inside. I thought we did a good job of getting good looks in the first half. We just couldn’t come up with the makes.”
On changing the halftime performance:
“I think it was changing up our defense. We forced them to take quick shots. Sometimes when you make changes, they’d get an easy shot. For the most part, we were able to speed them up and force them to make those quick shots.”