Nov. 28, 2011Photo Gallery
TUCSON -The University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team won its fifth-straight game on Monday with a 69-62 victory over North Texas at McKale Center. Today's game was Field Trip Day and the attendance of 4,327 ranks No. 8 all-time for women's basketball at McKale Center.
With Arizona leading by 22 with 10 minutes to play in the second half, North Texas cut the lead to five (64-59) with 3:12 to play. Arizona answered back with three free throws and a layup from guards Shanita Arnold and Davellyn Whyte to tie up the win. Whyte led the Arizona scorers with 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the field. She also had five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 31 minutes of play.
"This was definitely a rough one," head coach Niya Butts said. "We got the win and we're obviously going to enjoy that but we gave up 18 offensive rebounds, and I'll be harping on the team about that for a while. We have to do better. We made too many turnovers late in the game, and really lost our focus. I'll give credit to North Texas but we really just couldn't make enough plays down the stretch."
"Candice Warthen struggled today and when that happens, we need someone to step up and make up for those points," Butts said. "I'm glad that Shanita Arnold did that today. She's been playing very well and really picked it up today."
Arizona also got double-digit scoring efforts from Arnold with 13 and sophomore forward Erica Barnes with 12. Barnes also had eight rebounds while Arnold handed out five assists. The Wildcats shot 40.3 percent from the field (25-62), 20.0 percent from three-point range (2-10) and 60.7 percent from the free throw line (17-28).
North Texas outrebounded Arizona, 44-40, including 18 offensive boards for the Mean Green, leading to 17 second-chance points. The Wildcats scored 18 fast break points and 29 points off of 23 Mean Green turnovers.
Arnold, Barnes, freshman center Aley Rohde, sophomore guard Candice Warthen and Whyte got the starting nod for Arizona on Monday. Rohde had a career high four blocks. Junior forward Cheshi Poston had the most minutes off the bench with 20, closely followed by freshman guard Layana White's 15.
For North Texas, Tamara Torru paced with 26 points on 7-of-13 from the field. She also had 12 rebounds for the double-double, two assists and one steal in 34 minutes of action.
Arizona will play next at the Hukilau Invitational, Dec. 1-3, facing BYU, Syracuse and BYU-Hawai'i.