Feb. 4, 2012
TUCSON – No. 4/4 Stanford proved to be too much for the University of Arizona women’s basketball team as the Wildcats dropped another Pac-12 game, 91-51, to the Cardinal. Arizona moved to 13-10 overall and 2-9 in conference action. Stanford advanced to 20-1 overall and 11-0 in Pac-12 play.
“I didn’t like the outcome but the team did a lot of things this weekend that we really improved on,” head coach Niya Butts said. “Aley Rhode really came to play and did very well this weekend, Candice Warthen is on her way to coming back to herself, and Shanita Arnold really did a good job controlling the team and leading us in both games. Stanford is very good at executing and capitalizing on mistakes, and we cannot continue to have any going forward. Right now, I think that we came out ready for the second half of conference play. We are willing to fight.”
“Stanford shot 50 percent and what they missed, they got the rebounds and made 22 second-chance points,” Butts said. “Their effort comes from a lot of players, including the sisters, Chiney and Nnemkadi Ogwumike. They’re extremely athletic, and are just one of the many weapons Stanford has.”
Sophomore guard Candice Warthen led Arizona in scoring with 13 points. She also had four rebounds and a steal in 32 minutes of play. Senior guard Shanita Arnold had 10 points and two assists in 30 minutes of action. Freshman center Aley Rohde had nine points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes of play.
Arizona shot 29.5 percent from the field (18-61), 33.3 percent from three-point range (3-9) and 70.6 percent from the free throw line (12-17). The Wildcats gave up 13 turnovers, leading to 14 Stanford points. The Cats dropped the battle at the boards, 47-34, but got 22 points from the bench.
The Arizona starting five included Arnold, freshman guard Erin Butler, Rohde, senior guard Reiko Thomas and junior guard Davellyn Whyte. Warthen had the most minutes off the bench with 32. UA also got some stellar play from freshman Layana White who had 9 points in 10 minutes, most coming in the final ticks of the game.
“Layana White plays all out,” Butts said. “I know that I’m going to get everything she has, and when she doesn’t give it, it means she doesn’t have it.”
For Stanford, Joslyn Tinkle paced the squad with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Chiney Ogwumike also had a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards. The Cardinal shot 50 percent from the field (36-72), 32 percent from three-point range (8-25) and 78.6 percent from the free throw line (11-14).
Next weekend, Arizona will travel for its first conference swing at Colorado (Thursday, 7 p.m. MT) and at Utah (Saturday, 2 p.m. MT).