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01-24-08 Washington State Recap
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/24/2008
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Pullman , Wash. ?C ? Arizona used a big second half to erase a 12-point deficit and roll to a 73-63 win over Washington State on Thursday night in Friel Court.? The win snaps the Wildcatsˇ? (7-12, 1-7 Pac-10) eight-game losing streak, while the Cougars (3-16, 0-8 Pac-10) drop their 10th-straight game.

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ˇ?We had some players really step up for us tonight,ˇ± head coach Joan Bonvicini said. ?ˇ?Amina (Njonkou) carried us in the first half, and Ashley (Whisonant) picked us up in the second half.? We really pulled things together defensively and had a great second half to earn this win.ˇ±

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Arizona shot 51.7 percent (15-29) from the field in the second half, including a 6-of-9 mark from three point range to finish with a 46.7 percent clip (28-60) on the night.? WSU shot only 29 percent (9-31) from the field in the second half and 38.7 percent (24-62) for the game.? Arizona outscored the Cougars 42-24 in the second half, and finished with eight blocks and eight steals.

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Individually for Arizona, junior Amina Njonkou led the way with a career-high tying 25 points to go with 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season.? Senior Ashley Whisonant finished with 15 points, 13 in the second half, and sophomore Rheya Neabors posted 13 points, six assists and four blocked shots.

Katie Appleton led Washington State with 23 points.

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Arizona started the game on fire, racing out to an 11-2 scoring run in the first three minutes.? The Wildcats hit 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) from the field to start off, and led 19-12 at the 12:12 mark.? Washington State then responded with 16-4 run over the next five minutes to go up 28-23 with 6:57 left in the first, as Arizona would shoot just 5-of-20 (25 percent) from the field the rest of the half.? The Cougars stretched their lead to 37-29 on a three by Heather Molzen with 1:27 left in the first half, and went into halftime up 39-31.

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WSU shot 48.4 percent (15-31) in the first half and was led by Appletonˇ?s 19 points, while Arizona shot 41.9 percent from the field (13-31) led by Njonkouˇ?s 18 points.

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Washington State opened the second half with two layups by Molzen in the first 37 seconds to take a 43-31 advantage.? Arizona responded with a 12-4 run to cut the deficit to 47-43 at the 14:21 mark after a three by Neabors.? The Wildcats then closed within one point at 53-52 after a free throw by Njonkou at the 8:25 mark.

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UA would then go on a 13-4 scoring run over the next 4:50 to take a 65-57 lead capped by a layup by Njonkou with 3:35 left in the game.? A three by Whisonant with 1:36 left put Arizona up 68-59 and proved to be the dagger, giving Arizona its first Pac-10 win of the season.

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Arizona will next travel to Washington for a game on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. in Bank of America Arena. ?
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