TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women's basketball team fell to 5-8 on the season with an 82-70 loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay in its final non-conference game of the year at McKale Center tonight.
Arizona was out-shot 56 to 42 percent from the field on the game. The Wildcats out-rebounded the Phoenix 39 to 27, but committed 16 turnovers to UW-Green Bay’s 10. It was the first time since Nov. 22 that Arizona had grabbed more boards than its opponent, but the third game in a row that the Wildcats had more miscues than their opponent.
“I thought we played hard,” Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. "We were better offensively tonight. Our defense was not as good and we had a lot of turnovers early. Green Bay is a smart team. They did a good job of breaking our press.”
“It’s hard," she continued. "We want to be successful. We want to win. We just need to take care of ?'us’. We need to take care of some of our issues.”
Junior Joy Hollingsworth led Arizona with 19 points, followed by sophomore Ashley Whisonant with 18. Sophomore Ch?© Oh tallied a double-double ?- 12 points and 10 rebounds ?- while senior Natalie Jones finished with 10 points. Sophomore Jessica Arnold dished out a game-high six assists.
UW-Green Bay jumped out to 12-2 lead, but Arizona scored eight straight points to make it a two-point (12-10) game. The Phoenix responded with a 5-0 run to extend its lead back to seven (17-10). Arizona later cut it to three (19-16) on a Whisonant lay-up, but UW-Green Bay quickly extended it back to nine (27-18). The Wildcats fought back to tie it at 28 on a pair of free throws by freshman Whitney Fields, but the Phoenix outscored Arizona 12-4 to close out the half and take a 40-32 lead into the locker room.
Arizona shot 40 percent from the field, 40 percent from beyond the arc and 100 percent from the charity stripe on the half. UW-Green Bay connected on 48 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 63 percent from the free throw line on the half. The Phoenix also out-rebounded the Wildcats 17 to 16. Hollingsworth led all players with 11 points, including 3-for-4 from downtown. Whisonant added 10 points.
Arizona scored the first four points of the second half and later made it a three-point game (43-40) on a Hollingsworth steal and lay-up. UW-Green Bay responded with a 16-3 run to extend its lead to 16 (59-43). When sophomore Jessica Arnold hit a three at the 9:44 mark, it was the Wildcats' first basket in more than four minutes.
Arizona then went on a 7-0 run to make it an eight-point game (61-53) and later cut it to six (65-59) on a pair of Whisonant free throws, but that was as close as the Wildcats would get, as the Phoenix went on to the 12-point win. The Wildcats out-rebounded UW-Green Bay 23 to 10 on the half.
Arizona travels to Los Angeles for a 7 p.m. game at UCLA this Friday, Jan. 6.