Feb. 3, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Arizona women’s basketball (11-9, 3-7) fell to Washington State (8-13, 4-6), 60-50 on Sunday at McKale Center.
As a team, the Wildcats forced 25 turnovers, but were outrebounded by 13.
“We didn't do what we needed to do down the stretch,” Arizona head coach Niya Butts said. “We didn't stay together as a team, offensively. We had a ton of turnovers, you can't do that and win the basketball game. We have to stay with it, go back to the drawing board and see what we can do the second time around.”
In the first half, Arizona and Washington State played each other closely, as neither team led by more than five. The Wildcats controlled most of the half, holding the Cougars to only two leads and went into the locker rooms with a 27-26 advantage.
In the second half, WSU took its biggest lead of the game, followed it with 19 unanswered points and took the game, 60-50.
The Wildcats will hit the road again to take on No. 4 Stanford and No. 6 California on Friday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 10 in California.
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Head Coach Niya Butts Opening Statement:
"I want to give credit to Washington State, they did what they needed to do to win. They came down (to Arizona State and Arizona) and got two road wins, that's tough to do in conference play. We didn't do what we needed to do down the stretch. We didn't stay together as a team, offensively. We had a ton of turnovers, you can't do that and win the basketball game. But, we had our chances. We went into the bonus early in the second life and got nothing from it. We have to stay with it, go back to the drawing board and see what we can do the second time around. We hit the road next week."
Senior Guard Davellyn Whyte
On the loss:
“We just weren’t focused, all the way around”
On playing through Washington State’s defensive scheme:
“I was more open on the outside on reversals, and when I got to the paint I had to kick it out because they collapsed on me.”
On Washington State’s run:
“We just couldn’t get stops. When you don’t get stops it messes up your offense, so it kind of escalated quickly”
On playing Stanford and California next week:
“Everyone has lost at least once in our conference. Even though we’ve lost five in a row, getting a win can put us right back in it. We need to stay focused.”
Junior Guard Kama Griffitts
On inconsistency from first half to second:
“It was just a lack of focus. I was really tuned into the game at the beginning, but in the second half I kind of just let the game go by me.”