Feb. 5, 2011
TUCSON - In their 48th-straight Pac-10 win, the No. 4/3 Stanford Cardinal defeated the Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team, 91-61, on Saturday at McKale Center. Arizona falls to 13-9 overall and 4-7 in Pac-10 play. Stanford moves to 20-2 overall and 11-0 in conference action.
"We would have liked to get the win today but we played a very good team," head coach Niya Butts said. "In my opinion, Stanford is probably the best team in the country. They are super efficient and they beat you inside and outside. Half of their shots were threes, half of their shots were twos, and they were about 50 percent on both of them. We have to do a better job of scoring. We didn't rebound the basketball particularly well but I think we were in better rebounding position."
"I think we just have to be more physical," Butts said. "A couple times defensively we got stops but we couldn't score on the other end. I think we shoot way too many threes. We are settling sometimes for the threes since it's the easier shot."
Senior forward Ify Ibekwe paced the Wildcats' scoring efforts with 19 points. She was one of three Arizona players to score in double digits with 16 points from sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte and 11 points from junior guard Shanita Arnold. Junior guard Reiko Thomas led the Cats at the boards with nine. She also dished out a team-leading five assists.
For the Cardinal, Jeanette Pohlen was their leading scorer with 17 points. All five starters for Stanford (Chiney Ogwumike, Kayla Pedersen, Lindy La Rocque, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Pohlen) scored in double digits. N. Ogwumike paced Stanford at the glass with 14 boards for their only double-double of the game.
In today's Pink Zone game, both teams were adorned with pink accessories, including socks, headbands and shoe laces. Many of Arizona's players wore headbands with the initials "S.D." in honor of current Arizona assistant coach Sue Darling, a breast cancer survivor.
On Sun., Feb. 13, the Wildcats will host Arizona State at 2 p.m., at McKale Center.