ANCHORAGE, Alaska ?- The Arizona women’s basketball team lost in overtime, 69-65, to Central Connecticut State in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena this evening. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 2-1 on the season.
Arizona shot just 32 percent from the field, 19 percent from three-point range and 63 percent from the free throw line on the game. CCSU, meanwhile, connected on 47, 22 and 74 percent, respectively, on the game. The Wildcats were also out-rebounded 44 to 37 on the game.
“I didn’t think we played sharp at all,” Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. “We were out-rebounding them in the first half, but they really got a bunch in the second half and in overtime, which killed us. We have to learn from this. It’s disappointing, but we have to move on.”
Sophomore Ashley Whisonant led Arizona with 18 points. She also added four assists. Junior Joy Hollingsworth added 14 points and eight rebounds. Senior Natalie Jones tallied 11 points, while sophomore Ch?© Oh finished with 10. Whisonant, Hollingsworth and Jones were all named to the all-tournament team.
After trailing 8-6 early in the game, Arizona rattled off seven straight points to take a 13-8 lead, holding CCSU scoreless for 6:06. The Blue Devils later cut it to three twice, before the Wildcats went on an 11-2 run to take a 30-16 lead. Arizona went into the locker room up by 13, 30-17.
The Wildcats shot just 36 percent from the field, 18 percent from three-point range and 57 percent from the free throw line on the half, compared to the 33, 0 and 75 percent, respectively, of the Blue Devils. Arizona also out-rebounded CCSU 21 to 15 and forced 14 Blue Devil turnovers on the half. Whisonant led all players with 12 points on the half, despite playing just 11 minutes. Hollingsworth led the team with six rebounds.
Arizona started the second half slowly, being outscored 7-6 in the first five minutes of the half. CCSU made it an eight-point game (39-31) on a trey at the 13:15 mark and later used an 8-0 run to cut it to two (43-41). The Blue Devils cut it to one twice, before tying the game at 55 with nine seconds left to force overtime.
The Wildcats were outscored 38-25 on the half, shooting just 30 percent from the field, compared to the 54 percent of the Blue Devils. Arizona was also out-rebounded 22 to 11.
CCSU out-scored the Wildcats 14-10 in the overtime to secure the win. The Blue Devils shot 67 percent to Arizona’s 25 percent.
Arizona returns home to host No. 20 Utah for a 7:30 p.m. game this Saturday, Nov. 26. The game will be televised live on FSN Arizona, with a special emphasis on raising awareness of the Shawntinice Polk Endowment Fund. The first 2,000 fans at the game will receive “Polkey, 00” wrist bands, compliments of FSN Arizona.