Feb. 19, 2012
TUCSON –The University of Arizona Wildcat women’s basketball team dropped its conference match-up with Washington, 68-59, at McKale Center on Sunday. Arizona fell to 14-13 overall and 3-13 in Pac-12 play. Washington improved to 14-11 overall and 6-9 in league action.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed,” head coach Niya Butts said. “We felt that we had control of the game until about eight minutes left in the second half. Washington took a three-point lead and we just couldn’t fight back. We didn’t have anything on offense, no stops on defense, and we just didn’t do what we needed to do. We let them have some wide open threes, and we just didn’t make the plays we needed.”
“We shot 25 threes but only made four, and that’s tough,” Butts said. “Our mistakes really start mentally. We need to have an edge but we just didn’t have it today. Losing the lead really deflated us and we couldn’t respond.”
Senior guard Shanita Arnold paced the Cats with 19 points on 6-of-15 from the field, 3-of-7 from three-point range and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. She also had four steals, three assists and two rebounds in 38 minutes of play. Junior guard Davellyn Whyte had 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Freshman center Aley Rohde had 10 points, five rebounds and two steals.
The Cats gave up 18 turnovers, good for 12 Washington points. UA also dropped the battle at the boards, 48-36. The Huskies collected 16 second-chance points. Arizona shot 30 percent from the field (18-60), 16 percent from behind the arc (4-25) and 70.4 percent from the free throw line.
Senior center Regina Rogers paced the Washington squad with 22 points and seven boards. She shot 6-of-10 from the field and 10-of-13 from the free throw line. The Huskies shot 41.5 percent from the field (22-53), 43.8 percent from three-point range (7-16) and 60.7 percent from the free throw line (17-28).
Arizona will travel for games at USC on Feb. 23 and at UCLA on Feb. 25.