KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ?- The Arizona women’s basketball team’s season came to an end tonight as the Wildcats fell 76-43 to No. 1-seed LSU at Thompson- Boling Arena in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Arizona finishes the season 20-12.
Arizona shot a season-low 26 percent from the field on the game and went just 1-of-11 from three-point range. LSU shot 43 percent from the field, 41 percent from downtown and 82 percent from the free throw line on the game. The Lady Tigers also edged the Wildcats on the boards, 48 to 43.
Senior Dee-Dee Wheeler led Arizona with 13 points. Junior Shawntinice Polk added 10 points as the only other Wildcat to reach double-digit scoring. Senior Danielle Adefeso pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.
LSU opened the game on a 9-0 run as Arizona missed its first seven shots and committed turnovers on three of its first five possessions. The Wildcats finally got on the board at the 15:28 mark on a Shannon Hobson turnaround jumper as the shot clock expired.
Arizona’s shooting woes continued, allowing the Lady Tigers to build a 20-point lead. The Wildcats got a burst with about five minutes remaining in the half, using a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 14, 28-14. LSU answered with a 10-0 run to close out the half and go into the locker room with a 25-point lead, holding Arizona to its lowest first-half point total of the season.
Arizona shot a season-low 27 percent from the field on the half and went 0-for-4 from downtown. LSU, meanwhile, connected on 47 percent from the field, 57 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Lady Tigers also out-rebounded the Wildcats 24 to 17 and forced 14 Arizona turnovers. Freshman Jessica Arnold was the Wildcats’ top scorer with six points. Adefeso and Polk pulled down four boards each to pace Arizona.
LSU scored the first eight points of the second half to go up by 33 points. Arizona scored its first basket at the 15:34 mark of the half. The Lady Tigers led by as many as 40 and went on to win by 33, holding Arizona to its lowest point total of the season.