Sophomore Keyahndra Cannon scored a season-high 14 points to lead Arizona women’s basketball past Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 67-54 for its third-straight win on Sunday at McKale Center.
Cannon hit 4-of-4 three-pointers to give the Wildcats a season-high nine made shots from behind the arc. She became the fifth player to lead Arizona in scoring this season.
“Keyahndra Cannon was confident with the basketball,” Arizona head coach Niya Butts said. “She stepped up both defensively and offensively. She understands what we need from her and is providing our team with key contributions.”
Senior Carissa Crutchfield and freshman Breanna Workman also scored in double-digits for the second-consecutive game.
Crutchfield was perfect on the day with 14 points, also hitting 4-of- 4 from the three for a total of 5-of-5 from the field.
Workman added 14 points of her own on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 from the free throw line.
Crutchfield and Workman also scored in double-digits versus UC Riverside last Saturday with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Senior Erica Barnes led the team in rebounds with a season-high 10 to give the Wildcats a 41-33 edge on the boards.
“I feel like we are realizing what each other can do and how to put each other in the right positions,” Crutchfield said. “I think the three-game winning streak will really help us going into conference play.”
As a team, UA outscored APB’s bench, 24-12 and scored 14 fast break points to the Golden Lions’ 0.
“I think (our bench play) was big today,” Cannon said. “Coach always encourages us to score off the bench and it definitely helps us. I think, going into conference, if we continue to score off the bench it will make everyone’s life easier.”
The Wildcats will begin conference play on the road, taking on Washington in Seattle, Wash. at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 and Washington State in Pullman, Wash. at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5. The game at Washington State will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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Head coach Niya Butts
“I’m happy that we won the game, but I wasn’t happy with how we played. We showed lack of discipline both defensively and offensively. We had way too many turnovers in the first half, but we did a much better job in the second half. Overall, it’s a home win, so we certainly want to celebrate the small victories, but we know that heading in to conference play, we have to play much better than that. It’s a win and we’re going to enjoy it for the next 10 hours and be ready to work tomorrow.”
On bench contribution:
“I want to highlight our bench players because they stepped up majorly today. Keyahndra Cannon had 14 points and was confident with the basketball. She stepped up both defensively and offensively. She understands what we need from her and is providing our team with key contributions.”
“We wanted to mix it up a bit and make them agitated defensively. They only shot 25 percent, but our goal was 20 percent. We have a standard and I want our players to meet the goal. We have to be able to make sure we reach our goals. If you want something, you grind for it and then you get it. We can’t be complacent ever and I think we got too casual at times.”
Senior guard Carissa Crutchfield
On Coach Butts wanting more on defense:
“I think we need to know that we need to get better. I think she wanted us to finish the game the right way and she wanted to work on us to help prepare for next game. I think we needed to finish better, but we got the win.”
On the momentum after winning three-straight:
“I think we have all of the talent; we just haven’t put it together. I feel like we are realizing what each other can do and how to put each other in the right positions. I think the three game winning streak will really help us going into conference play.”
Freshman forward Breanna Workman
On lack of production from top scorers:
“I think that our scoring is kind of everywhere. Everybody scores so I don’t think there is any pressure on them to score that much. I think they can put the ball in the basket, but sometimes when they are not, there is not really any pressure to do it.”
Sophomore guard Keyahndra Cannon
On scoring 14 points:
“Everybody was telling me to shoot it so I didn’t hesitate today. I have been hesitating a lot lately because I have been much more focused on my defense than my offense.”
On bench play:
“I think it was big. Coach always encourages us to score off the bench, and it definitely helps us. I think going into conference if we continue to score off the bench it will make everyone’s life easier.”