Stanford, Calif. ?- No. 14 Stanford (8-3, 3-0 Pac-10) had five players score in double-figures for an 86-58 win over Arizona (6-8, 0-2 Pac-10) on Thursday night in Maples Pavilion before a crowd of 3,230. The Wildcats start the Pac-10 season out with a 0-2 record for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
Arizona shot 36.5 percent (23-63) from the field in the game, compared to 45.7 percent (32-70) mark for Stanford. The Cardinal out-rebounded the Wildcats 42-36, while forcing 23 UA turnovers.
“This is a disappointing loss because we are not playing as well as we should,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said. “When the other team scores on us, we need to take it personal, and when we make mistakes, we need to make sure they don’t happen again.”
Individually for Arizona, junior Ashley Whisonant finished with a team-high 13 points, and junior Suzy Bofia added 11 points. Sophomore Amina Njonkou posted eight points and nine rebounds, and sophomore Malia O’Neal added nine points.
Stanford limited senior Joy Hollingsworth, Arizona's leading scorer, to a season-low two points on 0-of-8 shooting from the field.
Arizona opened the game with a jumper by freshman Rhaya Neabors to take a 2-0 lead, but Stanford raced out to a 13-4 advantage at the 13:57 mark, as the Wildcats started off shooting 2-of-12 from the field. Arizona cut the Stanford lead to 17-13 on a trey by junior Jessica Arnold with 9:15 left in the first, but the Cardinal responded with a 9-0 scoring run in the next 3:07 to go up 26-13. Stanford shot 45.7 percent (16-35) from the field in the first half, with Arizona shooting 35.5 percent (11-31), leading the Wildcats 40-26 at the half.
Stanford stretched its lead over Arizona in the second half, jumping out to a 64-40 lead with 11:48 left to play. The Cardinal led by as many as 29 points in the second half, duplicating their mark of 45.7 percent (16-35) from the field in the first half, as Arizona shot 37.5 percent (12-32) from the field after halftime.
Arizona will next travel Berkeley, Calif., to take on No. 18 California on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. (PST) in Haas Pavilion.