Jan. 2, 2004
By John Moredich
TUCSON (AP) -- Arizona's quick scoring outburst after the halftime break, combined with Dee-Dee Wheeler and Shawntinice Polk scoring 23 points apiece, led the Wildcats to an 81-60 victory over Arizona State on Friday night.
The victory was the 21st straight at McKale Center for Arizona (11-2, 3-0). It was also the 10th consecutive win for the Wildcats this season, tying a school record established previously during the 1996-1997 season.
Arizona broke open a 37-37 halftime tie by going on a 17-5 scoring spree in the opening seven minutes of the second stanza, with Wheeler and Polk combining for 13 of the points.
Polk also finished the game with 10 rebounds, for her third straight double-double. Arizona State (8-4, 2-1) was led by the 21 points from Emily Westerberg, while Kristen Kovesdy had 10.
Arizona's Danielle Adefeso, who tied a career-high with 14 points, had the opening points of the second half with an inside bucket, but from there the Wildcats' scoring leaders took over.
Wheeler utilized her speed for driving lay-ins, while Polk controlled the paint with one-on-one moves inside the lane. The Wildcats led 54-42 before Arizona State's Kristen Kovesdy hit two free throws to slow the momentum.
Wheeler once again propelled Arizona with a three-point play after converting a steal for a 62-47 lead with 8:21 remaining. After an Aubree Johnson field goal the Wildcats scored nine straight to build a 70-51 edge with four minutes left.
NOTE - Senior guard Aimee Grzyb scored her 1,000th career point at 14:34 in the first half. She is the second player this season to reach the 1,000-point mark in career scoring, with junior Dee-Dee Wheeler accomplishing the feat against Washington on Dec. 27. Grzyb is the 12th player to join Arizona's "1,000-Point Club."