Nov 30, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Eighth-ranked Georgia was out of sync and confused by Arizona's changing defenses in the Bulldogs' 70-49 loss to the Wildcats on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (2-1) intended to get the ball to low post players Kara Braxton and Christi Thomas, but Arizona stood ready with different presses and a zone defense.
Braxton and Thomas finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
"Our players are going to have to find some fight within themselves," said Georgia coach Andy Landers.
Julie Brase led Arizona (2-1) with 16 points, followed by Dee-Dee Wheeler and Krista Warren each with 12 points. Shawntinice Polk had 10 points and 17 rebounds.
"We didn't expect to win by this much," Brase said. "Georgia is a great team. We were successful at getting them out of their post game."
Georgia's freshmen backcourt was taken to task with presses, double teams and the zone. The Bulldogs made only 29 percent of their field goals and had 13 turnovers as they trailed 41-23 at halftime. Georgia finished with 35-percent shooting and made only two of 10 three-point attempts.
Arizona made 47 percent of its shots and went 6-of-16 in three-pointers.
"I can't explain anything about the loss other than we just did not come out and have a good showing," Thomas said. "We just didn't compete."
Arizona's guards took advantage with open jumpers from the outside and its front line scored inside easily. The Wildcats never let up after building an 18-point halftime lead.
The closest Georgia got in the second half came when Mary Beth Lycet and Braxton scored consecutive baskets to reduce the Arizona lead to 43-29.