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Wildcats Fall to Stanford at McKale
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/17/2014
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Seniors Kama Griffitts and Erica Barnes scored in double-digits for Arizona, but the Wildcats (4-12, 0-5) fell to No. 4 Stanford (16-1, 5-0), 96-52 at McKale Center on Friday night.

Griffitts scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including three 3-pointers to lead Arizona. She also dished out a team-high three assists.

Barnes scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds.

As a team, Arizona shot 40 percent from the field, including a 39 percent mark from the three-point line.

The Wildcats held Stanford to a season-low 33 percent from the charity stripe.

In the first half, the Cardinal made eight three-pointers and shot 67 percent from the field to lead, 52-31 at halftime. Stanford matched its three-point sharpshooting in the second half, making seven additional shots from behind the arc for a total of 15.

Previously, the most three-pointers by a UA opponent so far this season was five.

“They shot the ball well all over the floor, from behind the three-point line especially,” Arizona Head Coach Niya Butts said. “They rebounded well. When they missed they had an opportunity to score and they did. I thought first half, early first half we competed. I don’t think we kept the same intensity in the second half. I thought our effort could have been a little bit better in the second half.”

Senior Chiney Ogwumike led Arizona with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

The Wildcats will return to McKale to host No. 15 California on Monday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.

For complete results and continued coverage of Arizona women’s basketball, visit ArizonaWildcats.com, or follow on Twitter @ArizonaWBBall.

Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Niya Butts

Opening Statement

“Give credit to Stanford. They shot the ball well all over the floor, from behind the three-point line especially. They rebounded well. When they missed they had an opportunity to score and they did. I thought first half, early first half we competed. I don’t think we kept the same intensity in the second half. I thought our effort could have been a little bit better in the second half.”

On coming out with more intensity to start the game:

“I thought we were executing what we wanted to do early defensively and offensively, but we didn’t do that In the second half. I didn’t like our demeanor on the floor. I don’t think we competed for the entire game. For every game before, at least I’ve been able to say I thought we competed to the buzzer.”

On Stanford:

“They share the ball really well. What you’re most impressed with out of every statistical category is their shooting percentage. They shoot 63 percent from the field and 47 percent from the 3-point line. They also had 28 assists on 40 field-goals. That’s pretty good.”

On what went right early:

“I thought we were playing well defensively. We went to our zone on the defensive end. When we were in our man, they scored very quickly. It was kind of a pick your poison, so to speak, either give up a quick two with 6 seconds off the shot clock or run the shot clock down and shoot a contested three. With Stanford, you kind of have to do that and when I thought it went well we were talking, the cutters were in front of us, and when we got a little tired and got behind defensively, they started getting more shots.”

On Chiney Ogwumike and the Stanford offense:

“They have a lethal combination. They have a player on the inside that not a lot of people can guard, but they also have a perimeter of shooters that can make shots from deep.”

Senior guard Kama Griffitts

Opening Statement:

“The first half we felt like we were there, we were playing hard. But mentally, in the second half, we just weren’t in it.”

On what needs to change:

“Our toughness, we need to make sure we execute our game plan, especially defensively.”

On finishing the game:

“You just have to keep playing. The game is not over until it’s over.”

On slowing down Chiney Ogwumike:

“The guards needed to pressure the wings, and I feel like we didn’t do that. So we did give Chiney some easy buckets but all the way around everyone needed to their jobs, but unfortunately we didn’t do that today.”

On No. 15 Cal:

“I am excited, this game is over we are onto the next one. Like Erica said, we still believe we can win. Every team is beatable so we just have to go in ready.”

Senior forward Erica Barnes

Opening Statement:

“I feel like we gave our all in the first half. Mentally, we weren’t there in the second half.”

On the start of the game:

 “I honestly believed that we could win and until this day I will believe that. We just really have to find it within ourselves. The toughness and our mental thoughts and all that other stuff, we really have to find it within ourselves.”

On slowing down Chiney Ogwumike:

“We wanted to limit her touches. Obviously, she was getting most of her points in the paint.”

On the eight-player lineup:

“Obviously, it is a struggle because we only have eight players because we are tired, but we can’t keep going back to that. We just have to keep pushing forward.”

On putting it all together:

“It’s weird because we have different spurts in different games, so the games before we wouldn’t start out right and then pick up in the second half. But this game we had a great first half and then not in the second. So I feel like if we put it all together, we will be fine.” 

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