TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women’s basketball team dropped its fourth-straight game, a 90-64 defeat at the hands of UCLA at McKale Center this afternoon. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 7-16 overall and 3-10 in the Pac-10.
Arizona shot 42 percent from the field, 35 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the charity stripe on the game. UCLA, meanwhile, connected on 55 percent from the field, 35 percent from downtown and 85 percent from the free throw line on the game. The Bruins out-rebounded the Wildcats 37 to 27 and forced 26 Arizona turnovers.
“We played well, but the lack of depth hurts,” Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. “UCLA scored a lot in transition and off of our turnovers. But that is due to people being tired, and we make mistakes when we are tired.”
Senior Natalie Jones led Arizona with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Freshman Kelsey Burns finished with a career-high 15 points, while sophomore Ashley Whisonant was just shy of a double-double, tallying 12 points and nine assists. She also had four steals. Senior Anna Chappell finished with a career-high eight points, while junior Joy Hollingsworth paced the team with six rebounds.
UCLA jumped out to a 15-5 lead early in the game, but the Wildcats, aided by hot shooting from Burns, cut it to two (19-17) at the 11:59 mark. UCLA then scored 13 straight points, holding Arizona scoreless for more than eight minutes, to take a 32-17 lead. The Wildcats went into the locker room at halftime down by 15, 40-25.
Arizona shot 33 percent from the field, 38 percent from three-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line on the half, compared to the 48, 33 and 88 percent, respectively, of the Bruins. The Wildcats out-rebounded UCLA 18 to 16, but committed 15 turnovers to the Bruins’ nine. Burns led Arizona with 10 points.
UCLA scored the first basket of the second half, but Arizona then scored five straight to make it a 12-point (42-30) game. The Bruins answered with a 9-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 51-32, and later scored eight straight to go up 66-40 and put the game out of reach for good. UCLA cruised to the 26-point victory.
Arizona travels to Eugene, Ore., for a 7 p.m. (PST) game at Oregon next Thursday, Feb. 8.