Feb. 19, 2004
TUCSON (AP) - Shawtinice Polk had her fifth straight double-double to help Arizona to a 25-point first half lead, resulting in a 77-54 victory over Oregon State at home on Thursday.
The win was Arizona's 26th straight at home, which is tied for the second-longest streak in the country. Texas has the longest with 32 consecutive victories.
Polk finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. She was one rebound shy of reaching the double-double by halftime, when Arizona took advantage of 57 percent shooting to take a 45-20 lead.
Oregon State was hampered by the absence of two starters. Leilani Estavan did not play because of a knee injury. Leading scorer Shannon Howell went to the trainering room early in the second half with a mild concussion, finishing with six points. She was averaging 16 points per game, while Estavan averaged 9.8.
Leading Oregon State (14-10, 8-7) in scoring was Hollye Chapman with 11 points. Mandy Close had 10.
Arizona (19-7, 11-4) eliminated any comeback bid by outscoring Oregon State with a 12-2 run early in the second half. Polk connected inside, Natalie Jones made a lay-up, and Grzyb added a lay-in to pull ahead 60-29.
After a bucket from the Beavers' Jessica Jones, Arizona got a lay-up from Hobson, a short jumper from Wheeler and a pull-up jumper from Katrina Lindner for a 35-point lead with 13:24 left.
As Arizona shot 57 percent from the field on the way to a 25-point halftime advantage, Oregon State managed only seven field goals by intermission, four in the final 14:09.
The Wildcats took advantage of 16 first-half turnovers by the Beavers and turned them into 15 points. Oregon State finished the game with 26 miscues.
Arizona took an 18-11 lead before pulling away with a 9-0 spurt, starting with a three-pointer from Grzyb. Jones added a 10-foot jumper, Lindner hit a baseline shot, and Hobson converted down low for a bucket.
The Wildcats extended their lead with 14 consecutive points minutes later to take a 41-16 edge with 3:28 remaining. Two lay ups by Wheeler sparked the surge, while Grzyb's three-pointer concluded the outburst.