Jan. 16, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball dropped its third-straight road game on Sunday at the hands of the Arizona State Sun Devils, 75-43. The Wildcats fall to 11-5 overall and 2-3 in Pac-10 play. The Sun Devils move to 11-4 overall and 3-2 in Pac-10 play.
For Arizona, sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte was the leading scorer with 13 points. Freshman forward Erica Barnes led at the glass with six rebounds. Senior forward Soana Lucet also scored in double digits with 12 points.
Poor shooting in the first half hindered the `Cats as they managed just 19.2 percent (5-of-26) from the field in the first 20 minutes. ASU capitalized on Arizona's mishaps with 16 defensive rebounds and shooting 14-of-31 from the field (45.2 percent). The Wildcats did pick up 15 defensive rebounds of their own and, for the half, won the battle at the glass, 22-18.
Arizona was unable to pull it together in the second half where offense continued to be a struggle. The Wildcats were 14-of-47 (29.8 percent) from the field for the game and 1-of-10 from behind the three-point arc. The Wildcats lost the overall rebounding battle, 41-30.
For ASU, Kimberly Brandon was the leading scorer with 13 points. She also led at the glass with 10 rebounds. The Sun Devils had three players score in double-digit figures.
On Sunday, junior guard Shanita Arnold, senior forward Ify Ibekwe, Lucet, freshman guard Candice Warthen and Whyte got the starting nod for Arizona. The ASU contest marked Warthen's first collegiate start. Barnes saw the most minutes off the bench with 29. She pitched in with six points and six boards.
The Wildcats will return to McKale Center on Thursday and Saturday of next week to face Washington and Washington State, respectively.
Niya Butts postgame at ASU.