Nov. 17, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Arizona women’s basketball improved its record to 3-0 with its defeat of Cal State Northridge, 53-46 on Saturday at McKale Center.
Despite offensive struggles, the Wildcats forced 25 turnovers with seven players recording at least one steal. Sophomore Layana White (Lancaster, Calif.) led the team with three.
UA also dominated the glass, grabbing 55 rebounds to CSUN’s 37. In addition, Arizona only allowed the Matadors five offensive rebounds, which accounted for only five points. Senior Cheshi Poston (Chicago, Ill.) led all players with nine.
“Today was perfect for us because we have been preaching defense,” Arizona head coach Niya Butts said. “We have been preaching rebounding and we did that. Had we not done that we would have not have won this game. They are starting to understand that we can have that every game. The offense may come and go, but every game we can have that defensive pressure.”
In the first half, Arizona forced 18 turnovers, turning them into 11 points. Gloyd led all players with nine points, while every player but one recorded at least one steal.
Whyte came alive in the second half, scoring 10 of her 16 points, including 4-of-4 free throws in the last two minutes. As a team, Arizona was able to seal the win on 7-for-10 shooting from the stripe from Whyte, Poston and Gloyd in the last five minutes.
Three players scored in double figures for CSUN, including Ashlee Guay with 13, Randi Friess with 12 and Marta Masoni with 10.
Arizona will have a quick turnaround before hosting BYU on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m.
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Arizona head coach Niya Butts
“It was kind of an ugly game for us, but it was a win. In one stance for the fan or for someone that is observing, offense was awful and it was not a fun game, but for a coach and what we are trying to get done defensively and buy in defensively, it was outstanding. We never want to shoot like that. We had a nightmare of a day on the offensive end. When you shoot 26 percent for the game; I think I looked up and at one moment we were shooting 8 percent, but we held them to 46 points scoring. Anytime you can do that, you give yourself a chance to win. We out rebounded them. We had 55 rebounds, 21 offensive. We turned them over 25 times. Today was perfect for us because we have been preaching defense. We have been preaching rebounding and we did that. Had we not done that we would have not have won this game. We shot so poorly. Our team is starting to buy into rebounding and defense. They are starting to understand that we can have that every game. The offense may come and go, but every game we can have that defensive pressure.”
On what she liked most about today’s game:
“Our energy. I thought we played hard defensively. Offensively, we were a nightmare. Defensively, we did almost everything right. To only give them seven offensive rebounds was huge for us. We had a lot of things going defensively for us today.”
On the importance of hustle today:
“We wanted to win the 50-50 plays and I think for the most part we won those. There were a couple that got my blood boiling a little bit. We didn’t come up with some of the loose balls that I thought we should have. We did a lot of reaching down instead of getting on the floor, but it was a great effort for us defensively.”
On Alli Gloyd and Cheshi Poston’s performance:
“Alli started out of the gates really well and down the stretch I think Cheshi made some big plays for us and grabbed some big boards for us inside. Our inside presence went a way for a little while and we had to go back inside and reestablish ourselves. Cheshi was able to do that for us. Alli is always active.”
On Alli’s expanding role:
“She keeps getting better every day. She is hungry for information. She wants to be coached, which is a good thing and she is eager to learn. If she can stay active and aggressive she is going to help us throughout the season.”
Junior Forward Alli Gloyd
On her approach to the game
“I just approached the game like any other game. We came out ready and focused.”
On the game overall:
“It was a win and that’s what matters at the end of the day. Obviously, we have to get better since it’s only three games into the season. We need to work hard in practice and we will improve.”
On having a bigger role in the team:
“I’m just here to help my team in any kind of way. The competition is going to get harder, both physically and mentally, so we have to work hard. I’m here to help my team in any way I can.”
On Butts’ decision to continue full court press at the end of the game:
“Full court pressure is our defense, and it is what we do all the time. We practice pressing the most and it is what we are comfortable with.”
On being down six points in the second half but regaining the lead:
“Mentally, we started to focus more. We definitely need to come out stronger at the beginning of the second half.”
On Davellyn Whyte’s performance:
“Davelly is always throwing herself at the ball. She is always playing hard.”