Dec. 9, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Visiting New Mexico hit 12-of-20 three-point shots to knock off Arizona, 81-61, Wednesday evening in McKale Center.
The Lobos starting backcourt of Amy Beggin, Lauren Taylor and Sara Halasz combined to shoot 20-for-29 (.690) from the field that included a 8-for-13 clip (.615) from three-point range.
Arizona did itself no favors by falling behind 10-0 just over three minutes into the game. Taylor and Beggin hit back-to-back three-point shots early on while Taylor and Halasz each added short jumpers.
Arizona finally found some offense after missing its first five shots and inched its way back into the game and drew within three points at 26-23 with 6:16 left before halftime.
New Mexico held a 10-point cushion at the break and doubled that lead before hitting the midway point of the stanza. Taylor hit back-to-back treys that capped a 15-5 stretch, giving the Lobos a 62-42 lead.
Arizona was able to trim five points off the deficit over the next two minutes, but New Mexico responded with a 13-0 run to take its biggest lead at 77-49 with 6:44 to play.
Taylor hit 4-of-6 three-point attempts and led all scorers with 22 points while Beggin was 4-of-5 from distance and added 20 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Freshman guard Davellyn Whyte was the lone bright spot for the Wildcats, tallying 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Brooke Jackson hit a trio of three-pointers and finished with 13 points while Soana Lucet chipped in with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Arizona (5-2) is off for the next 11 days before visiting Georgia Tech on Sunday, December 21 with tip-off in Atlanta set for 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Coach Butts, Ibekwe and Whyte postgame