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Women's Basketball Pummels No. 11 ASU, 68-49
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/09/2014
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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics

Senior Carissa Crutchfield scored a career-high 20 points to lead Arizona women’s basketball (5-18, 1-11) past No. 11 Arizona State (20-4, 9-3).

It was the Wildcats’ first win over their in-state rival since February 13, 2011 and the first time they have beaten a ranked team since January 16, 2005 (No. 19 UCLA).

“We played 40 minutes together today,” Crutchfield said. “We knew we needed to play together to win today and we definitely did that.”

Senior Erica Barnes joined Crutchfield in double figures with her 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Barnes also grabbed five rebounds and posted season-high three steals.

“Erica Barnes was fantastic for us,” Arizona Head Coach Niya Butts said. “She came into the game and went to work immediately on the inside. We went to her and we said we had to make plays in there, and she accepted the challenge.”

The other five players on the Arizona roster scored at least six points in the game, as sophomore Keyahndra Cannon posted nine, freshman Breanna Workman seven and junior Candice Warthen, senior Kama Griffitts and freshman LaBrittney Jones all had six.

Workman led the Wildcats in rebounding with six, but each player had at least one.

Griffitts recorded a team-high five assists.

“I think they really wanted this game,” Butts said. “They got a feeling of what it would be like if they won the game in the first half and they just didn’t want to lose. I thought that each one of them stepped up to the plate and were determined to not be the one that made a mistake. Credit goes out to all seven of them.”

As a team, Arizona shot 55 percent from the field on 28-of-51 shooting and committed 13 turnovers to ASU’s 20, including only two in the second half.

UA scored 36 points in the paint to ASU’s 18 and scored 20 points off of the Sun Devils’ turnovers.

In addition, the Wildcats’ two-player bench outscored ASU’s six-player bench, 23-15.

Senior Deja Mann led the Sun Devils with 15 points and four rebounds.

“We pulled together, played together and stayed together,” Barnes said. “It feels really good. We showed everybody today what we are capable of doing. I plan on us to keep playing like this and to keep winning.”

The Wildcats will hit the road again to take on No. 22 California in Berkeley on Friday, Feb. 14 at 8:30 p.m. and No. 3 Stanford on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. Both games will be 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:

“Obviously, it feels good to win. It feels good to get that win and it certainly doesn’t hurt that it was against ASU. They have had a great season so far, they are the 11th-ranked team in the country. We found a perfect opportunity to break our streak and do it against ASU. It feels good, but I want to give credit to our team. They played hard and executed our game-plan and obviously made some shots.”

On finishing two complete halves:

“That was one of the first things I said when I went into the locker room was that we finished both halves. I felt really good about it today.”

On having a big lead today:

“We had a refuse-to-lose mentality. We talked about what happened in the first half up there, so we were able to keep our lead today in the second half. They made a couple of shots to cut into it, but we just weren’t going to be denied. We shot the ball particularly well.”

On Erica Barnes:

“Erica Barnes was fantastic for us. She came into the game and went to work immediately on the inside. We went to her and we said we had to make plays in there and she accepted the challenge.”

On the intensity level:

“I think they really wanted this game. They got a feeling of what it would be like if they won the game in the first half and they just didn’t want to lose. I thought that each one of them stepped up to the plate and were determined to not be the one that made a mistake. Credit goes out to all seven of them.”

On the effort tonight versus all season:

“I think the effort has been in us, we just haven’t been able to sustain it for that long. Today when you get that adrenaline going and understand the magnitude of the game, you understand what type of opportunity you have, and we were able to seize the moment.”

Senior guard Carissa Crutchfield

Thoughts on the game:

“We played 40 minutes together today. We knew we needed to play together to win today, and we definitely did that.”

Senior forward Erica Barnes

Thoughts on the game:

“It’s a great feeling. We pulled together, played together and stayed together. It feels really good. We showed everybody today what we are capable of doing. I plan on us to keep playing like this and to keep winning.”

Sophomore guard Keyahndra Cannon

On effort:

“Coach always talks to us about giving more effort, and we did that today. This is a big boost in confidence for us, especially going to Cal and Stanford next week.”

 

 

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