Dec. 2, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
Despite 17 points and eight steals from senior Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.), Arizona women’s basketball (5-3) fell to Long Beach State (4-3), 71-61, at the Walter Pyramid on Sunday afternoon.
The loss marks the first on the road for the Wildcats this season.
The 49ers erased a first-half deficit on 46 percent (13-of-28) shooting from the field in the second half and 14 points and six assists from sophomore Alex Sanchez.
Junior Erica Barnes (Sacramento, Calif.) posted 11 points and six rebounds for Arizona.
As a team, the Wildcats shot 18-of-22 from the free throw line and forced a season-high 28 turnovers, but committed 21 turnovers of their own and were outrebounded, 43-27.
In the first half, Arizona led by as many as 14 behind Whyte’s 11 points and five steals and 10-of-10 team shooting from the free throw line. The 49ers closed the half on an 8-0 run, but the Wildcats maintained a 43-38 edge.
LBSU came out strong in the second half, conducting a 9-0 run and posting its first lead of the game with 15 minutes remaining. The 49ers did not let up and sealed the game, 71-61.
“They made a run in the second half and at the end of the first half, but we turned it over,” Arizona head coach Niya Butts said. “We didn’t get any offensive production. We came out in the second half and just weren’t ready. They hit some shots and we didn’t respond to it.”
The Wildcats will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. for their fifth-consecutive road game on Saturday, Dec. 8. Arizona will take on New Mexico at 2 p.m.
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