COLLEGE PARK, Md. ?- Senior Natalie Jones scored a career-high 29 points, but the Arizona women’s basketball team fell 92-67 to No. 8/9 Maryland at the Comcast Center this afternoon. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 4-3 on the season.
Arizona shot 35 percent from the field, 36 percent from three-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line on the game. Maryland, meanwhile, was on fire, connecting on 62 percent from the field, 63 percent from beyond the arc and 89 percent from the charity stripe on the game. The Terps also out-rebounded the Wildcats 39 to 28. The only stat category Arizona won was turnovers, as the Wildcats forced 24 by Maryland while committing 18.
“In the first half, we were going back and forth, but then we went 1-for-14 to close out the half, and that just took the wind out of our sails,” Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. “Maryland is a very good basketball team. They have weapons all over the place.”
Jones also added five rebounds, four assists and five steals. Junior Joy Hollingsworth chipped in 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore Ashley Whisonant, playing in her home state, finished with 11 points in just 21 minutes.
Arizona held its own for the first part of the first half. After a tie at 11, Maryland used at 7-0 run to go up 18-11. The Wildcats quickly cut it to two (18-16), but the Terps promptly extended the lead back to six. Arizona again cut it to two (22-20), only to see Maryland score five in a row to take a 27-20 lead. A pair of Wildcat baskets got Arizona back to two (27-25), but the Terps then blew the game open with a 17-0 run, holding the Wildcats scoreless for the last 6:05 of the half.
Arizona shot 31 percent from the field, 30 percent from three-point range and 100 percent from the free throw line on the half. Maryland, meanwhile, connected on a sizzling 64, 89 and 86 percent, respectively. The Terps also out-rebounded the Wildcats 18 to 15. Jones led the way for Arizona, scoring 14 points on the half.
In the second half, Maryland quickly extended its lead to 23 (58-35). Arizona cut it to 16 (60-44) on a Jones trey, but the Terps then went on a 10-3 run to take a 58-35 lead. A pair of Hollingsworth treys and a Jones lay-up gave the Wildcats some hope, making it a 74-59 game, but that was as close as they would get as Maryland went on to win by 25.
Arizona travels to Fresno, Calif., for a 2 p.m. (PST) game at Fresno State next Saturday, Dec. 17.