Nov. 27, 2001
Despite a 17-point performance from senior forward Elizabeth Pickney, the Arizona women's basketball team fell to New Mexico, 75-67, in Albuquerque on Tuesday. With a career-high-tying five blocked shots in the game, Pickney has become Arizona's all-time blocks leader, with 122.
Arizona opened the game with an 11-4 spurt that was promptly answered by UNM, which scored 12 unanswered points to take a 16-12 lead midway through the first half. The Wildcats recovered to out-score the Lobos, 20-8, over the remainder of the period and held an eight-point (32-24) advantage at halftime.
The teams traded buckets through the early minutes of the second half, then New Mexico put on a 14-3 run that gave it a 45-42 lead at 11:46. Arizona scored back-toback baskets, gaining a one-point (46-45) edge at 9:31, but that was the Cats' final lead in the game. The Lobos used a 13-6 spurt to go ahead by eight (68-60) with less than two minutes remaining, and the Wildcats never came closer than five over the waning seconds of the game.
In addition to her team-high 17 points, Pickney grabbed eight rebounds, also a team high. Her five blocks allowed her to pass former Wildcat Marte Alexander (1995-98) and take over as Arizona's career blocked shots leader with 122.
Fellow senior LaKeisha Taylor added 11 points and five rebounds, while freshman guard Dee-Dee Whleeler had 10 points and six rebounds in her first collegiate start. Freshman Robin Roberson had a season-high eight points and grabbed four rebounds, and sophomore guard Candice Allen had seven points and a trio of steals.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-1 on the season and extends their road losing streak to nine games, dating back to last season. New Mexico improves to 4-1 overall.
The Cats return home this weekend to play host to Holy Cross, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin for the 11th annual Arizona Basketball Classic. Pittsburgh and Wisconsin will play in the first game on Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m., followed by Arizona and Holy Cross at 8 p.m. The consolation game will be played on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m., with the championship game at 3 p.m. All four games will be held in the McKale Center.