Feb. 26, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - Dee-Dee Wheeler led Arizona with 20 points and Shawntinice Polk turned in a double-double of her own with 19 points and 14 rebounds in Arizona's 77-72 victory over Washington State in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action, Thursday at Friel Court.
Arizona improved its record to 21-7 overall and 13-4 in the Pac-10. WSU dropped to 5-21 overall and 1-16 in conference play.
Washington State's Bianca McCall tallied a game-high 24 points along with a game-high 18 rebounds. McCall turned in one of the best games of her WSU career in defeat. The senior from Santa Rosa, Calif., shot 8-of-16 from the field en route to tying the second-best scoring performance of her career. McCall scored a career-high 29 points at Stanford earlier this year and turned in 24 points at California, Jan. 18 of last year.
McCall's point total marked her second consecutive 20-point game as she increased her career total in that category to 10. McCall, who recorded her 10th career double-double, has scored in double figures in seven of her last eight games.
In addition, the 18 rebounds were just one off of McCall's career-high. McCall pulled down 19 rebounds in her first game as a Cougar against Wyoming, Nov. 22, 2002. The 18 boards tied for the 10th best single-game rebounding performance in school history. McCall has now has claimed two positions in the school's top 10 list in that category.
Arizona seemed to be in control early, taking a 16-7 lead nearly seven minutes into the game. A 14-4 WSU run, capped by five consecutive points from Stephanie Singer, gave the Cougars a 21-20 lead at the 10:37 mark.
WSU extended its lead to as much as five on two occasions, the latter being at 29-24 at the 8:22 mark. Arizona used a 7-0 run to reclaim the lead at 31-29 with 4:14 remaining.
Down 39-38 at the half, the Cougars scored the first point of the second half to tie matters up. The deadlock was short-lived as Arizona used a 6-0 run to take a lead it would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.
The Wildcats stretched their lead out to 11 twice, the last being at 70-59 with 5:52 remaining. A 7-1 run pulled WSU to within five at 71-66 with 2:23 left.
Arizona withstood the Cougars' comeback attempt as a Polk lay-in increased Arizona's lead back to seven (73-66) with 1:59 remaining. The Wildcats' lead grew to eight at 75-67 with 27 seconds left. The Cougars would get no closer than four the rest of the way.