TUCSON, Ariz. - Freshman forward Veranda James scored 19 points and junior forward Elizabeth Pickney notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, as the University of Arizona women's basketball team cruised to an exhibition win over Love and Basketball, 98-53, Saturday at McKale Center.
Arizona's defense forced Love and Basketball into 29 turnovers and held them to 23.5 percent shooting from the floor. The Wildcats had 16 steals and won the rebounding advantage, 51-39.
The Wildcats held a 47-26 lead at the half, but extended it quickly in the second half with James leading the way. She scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half and finished the game 9-of-11 from the field.
"I think that we are a very versatile and quick team," coach Joan Bonvicini said. "I was impressed with the freshmen, they had a good game. Reshea Bristol also had a nice game. She showed her experience and talent."
Arizona jumped out to a 20-point lead with just over five minutes left in the first half. Junior forward LaKeisha Taylor led the Wildcats in the first half with 10 points and four rebounds, all offensive. She finished with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. Bristol added 14 points and seven assists for the Wildcats.
All five of Arizona's starters James, Bristol, Pickney and sophomores Tysell Bozeman and Krista Warren scored in double-figures, as the Wildcats shot a combined 56.7 percent (38-67) from the field.
The Wildcats continue their exhibition schedule Sunday, Nov. 12, against Cassovia Bardejov, 2 p.m. at McKale Center.