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20070107 Women?s Basketball Beats Washington State In Thriller, 59-57
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Release: 01/07/2007
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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><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"> rallied to overcome an eight point halftime deficit and hung on down the stretch for a 59-57 win over <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> (5-11, 1-5 Pac-10) on Saturday in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, despite missing eight consecutive free throws in the final 32 seconds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The win improves <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to 7-10 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10, and snaps a five-game losing streak for the Wildcats.<?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"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> led 59-53 with 50 seconds left in the game, but could not put the Cougars away from the free throw line down the stretch.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>WSU made two-straight layups to cut the UA lead to 59-57 with 23 seconds left, but missed its last two three-point attempts to allow Arizona to escape with the win.<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 really thought today was a tale of two halves,&rdquo; head coach Joan Bonvicini said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;The first half wasn&rsquo;t a very good half for us.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the second half, we locked down more defensively and got into more of a rhythm on offense.&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">Individually for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, senior Joy Hollingsworth led the team with 18 points (7-17), and sophomore Amina Njonkou added 13 points and nine rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Ashley Whisonant finished with 11 points and a career-high seven rebounds.<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">Sophomore guard Katie Appleton scored a game-high 22 points to lead <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<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"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> shot 40.0 percent (20-50) from the floor in the game, 33.3 percent (4-12) from three point range, and 53.6 percent (15-28) from the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> finished the game shooting 34.6 percent (21-61) from the field, and out-rebounded the Wildcats 40-39.<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"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the start of the game, holding WSU scoreless for the first 3:26.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cougars responded with two-straight treys by <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Appleton</st1:place></st1:City> which sparked a 10-0 scoring run over the next 4:26 to give the Cougars a 10-6 lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A Hollingsworth three pointer gave UA a 13-12 lead at the 9:03 mark, but WSU countered with a 15-3 run over the next 4:51 and led 27-16 with 4:14 left in the first half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cougars went into halftime with a 32-24 lead, as <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> shot 33.3 percent (8-24) from the field, compared to a 38.2 percent (13-34) mark for WSU.<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"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> opened the second half with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 32-32 with 13:14 left to play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats held <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> scoreless in the second half for the opening 7:42, as the Cougars shot 0-of-8 from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Two free throws by Njonkou gave <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> a 36-35 lead at the 11:29 mark, the Wildcats&rsquo; first second half lead in four games.<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"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> led 57-51 on a Hollingsworth layup at the 2:04 mark, and was up 59-53 with 50 seconds left in the game before going cold at the charity stripe.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> cut the deficit to two points, but could not capitalize on <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> going 0-of-8 from the free throw line in the final seconds.<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><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> will next travel to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Eugene</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ore.</st1:State></st1:place>, to take on the Oregon Ducks on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. (PST).</SPAN>
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