Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Hoops Stops Syracuse, 80-74
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 02, 2011
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Dec. 2, 2011

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LAIE, Hawai'i - Behind a near triple-double effort from junior guard Davellyn Whyte, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team picked up an 80-74 win over the Syracuse Orange in its second game of the Hukilau Invitational on Friday. The Wildcats snapped the six-game winning streak the Orange was riding.

"I want to give a lot of credit to our team and Shanita Arnold was really a leader for us," head coach Niya Butts said. "This was one of her best team performances since she's been with us. Our team pulled down a lot of impressive rebounds at the end. This was a complete team effort and it's a good win for us."

Whyte led all scorers with 22 points on 4-of-11 from the field, 12-of-14 from the charity stripe and 2-of-3 from three-point range. She also had nine rebounds, eight assists and one steal. UA had five players score in double digits with 15 from senior guard Shanita Arnold and sophomore guard Candice Warthen, 11 from sophomore forward Erica Barnes and 10 from junior forward Cheshi Poston. Arnold and Barnes also grabbed two steals each.

The Wildcats shot 42.3 percent from the field (22-52), 43.8 percent from behind the three-point arc (7-16) and 69 percent from the free throw line (29-42). Syracuse outrebounded Arizona, 56-47, including 31 offensive rebounds.

Arnold, Barnes, freshman center Aley Rohde, Warthen and Whyte got the start for Arizona on Friday. Poston had the most minutes off the bench with 28. She had her first double-digit outing and double-double effort in an Arizona uniform with 10 points and 10 rebounds, including seven defensively.

For the Orange, Iasia Hemingway was the leading scorer with 22 points on 8-of-11 from the field. Syracuse shot 31 percent from the field (26-84), 23.7 percent from three-point range (9-38) and 59.1 percent from the charity stripe (13-22).

The Wildcats will play next at the Hukilau Invitational on Sat., Dec. 3, vs. BYU-Hawai'i at 3 p.m. HT.

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