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20070209 Joan Bonvicini Earns 600th Win
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Release: 02/09/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Tucson</SPAN></B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ?</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> head coach Joan Bonvicini earned her 600th career win on Thursday night with a 65-61 victory over <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She becomes the 18th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the 600 win milestone.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The win improves <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> to 9-17 overall and 3-11 in the Pac-10, as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> falls to 8-14 and 3-10 in the Pac-10.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m happy and relieved to be at 600 wins,&rdquo; Bonvicini said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very pleased to share it with the team and staff.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I have been fortunate to have great players and great coaches.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I&rsquo;m thankful for my family because they have always been behind me and that is as important as anything.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Bonvicini has spent 16 of her 28 years as a head coach at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> where she is the school&rsquo;s all-time winningest coach with 275 victories.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Her career record is 600-270 (.690)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats overcame a 34-30 halftime deficit by shooting 52.0 percent (13-25) from the field in the second half.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Individually for <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>, senior Joy Hollingsworth scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and junior Ashley Whisonant added 15 points and six assists.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Jessica Arnold chipped in with 10 points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Senior Casey Nash led <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> with 15 points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> and <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> played close in the first half, with <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> breaking an early 8-8 tie on a three by Jasmine Smith to go up 11-8 at the 15:06 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> would trail the rest of the first half, but cut the lead to one point six times, and trailed 26-25 on a layup by Whisonant with 4:06 left in the first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A lay in by Nash extended the Beaver lead to 34-27 at the 1:40 mark, but a three by Hollingsworth with 1:22 left in the first cut the deficit to 34-30 going into halftime.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> shot 52.2 percent (12-23) from the field in the first, and held <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to a 44.8 percent (13-29) mark.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats kept close with the Beavers at the beginning of the second half, and tied the game at 42-42 on a layup by Hollingsworth with 9:53 left to play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Two free throws by Amina Njonkou at the 9:59 mark gave the Wildcats their first lead since the 17:30 mark in the first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> pulled away from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> down the stretch, as a lay in by Njonkou gave the Wildcats a 63-57 lead with 1:33 left in the game. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> will next host <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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