Four Arizona players scored in double-digits, but the Wildcats (4-13, 0-6) fell to No. 19 California (13-4, 5-1), 79-64 on Monday afternoon at McKale Center.
Seniors Carissa Crutchfield and Erica Barnes and freshman LaBrittney Jones all posted season-high scoring figures with 16 points.
Crutchfield’s 16 marked a career-high, including 6-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Crutchfield also added four rebounds and three assists, for her 12th game this season with three or more assists.
“We kept the game close,” Crutchfield said. “We just have to figure out what to do to win these games. I would want us to take some of the things we did in this game and use them in other games.”
Barnes shot 8-of-10 from the field and also posted seven rebounds for the Wildcats.
Jones’ 16 also marked a career high, including a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Jones also had a team-high eight rebounds.
“(LaBrittney is) going to give you her effort the entire game and we needed her production tonight,” Arizona Head Coach Niya Butts said. “She stepped up and had big rebounds for us but also scored the basketball. She continues to get better.”
Senior Kama Griffitts recorded 10 points, grabbed four rebounds and three assists.
As a team, Arizona posted 14 offensive rebounds to the Bears’ 10 and scored 20 bench points to Cal’s 16.
California started the game on a 12-8 surge, but back-to-back shots by Jones and Griffitts tied the game at 12. From there, the Bears went on a 10-2 run and Arizona could not close the gap going into halftime.
In the second half, the Wildcats pulled to within seven, but the Bears capitalized on free throws and finished the game, 79-64. As a team, Cal made 23-of-29 shots from the charity stripe.
Junior Brittany Boyd led the Bears with 24 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
The Wildcats will continue Pac-12 play on the road, traveling to Colorado on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and Utah on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.
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Head Coach Niya Butts
“Obviously, it’s a tough outcome. Credit goes to Cal for coming in and doing what they need to do on the road. I’m disappointed in the result, but I think we competed more than we did in the Stanford game. We just didn’t have enough to get it done.”
On Candice Warthen struggling:
“I think it was more mental than anything. Some of her shots were tough and a lot of that comes from wanting to make one so bad because you have been shooting the ball so poorly. There’s nothing wrong with that with the exception being that we can’t afford for her to go 0-and-11. We still had an opportunity to win the game, but we can’t make the little mistakes we were making. We were turning the ball over at crucial times and missing shots that need to be made, there are a bunch of different things that we need to correct.”
On consistent game of LaBrittney Jones:
“She has been battling and trying, but still making mistakes, naturally. She’s going to give you her effort the entire game and we needed her production tonight. She stepped up and had big rebounds for us but also scored the basketball. She continues to get better but we will go back to the film and look for areas that she can improve on.”
Senior guard Carissa Crutchfield
On the game:
“We kept the game close. We just have to figure out what to do to win these games. I would want us to take some of the things we did in this game and use them in other games. We will work on it. When someone isn’t scoring we all have to step up for them.”
On three-point defense:
“We did a better job of getting out on them than we did against Stanford. Lesson learned. ”
Senior forward Erica Barnes
On her role:
“I’m just focused on my current role of coming off the bench and scoring.”
On Cal’s Brittany Boyd:
“Obviously, she is a great player. She was attacking a lot on us, and our help defense was late, which got her to get her shot going and get fouled… she was attacking. That’s what she does, and we just have to be there. “
Freshman forward LaBrittney Jones
On her high-scoring game:
“My teammates found me on the block, I posted up big, and I scored the easy buckets.”
On making all of her free throws:
“We all work on our free throws as a team. In practice, I usually knock them down and that’s what I did today.”
On three-point defense in the second half:
“We pressured them and closed out with high hands better in the second half. We were more aggressive on the three-point line.”
On playing Colorado next:
“We are going to go to practice and prep for them like every other team and play hard.”