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01-26-2008 Washington Recap
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/26/2008
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Seattle , Wash. ?C ?Arizona gave up a 19-4 second half scoring run to Washington, and the Huskies ran away with a 74-59 win on Saturday afternoon in Bank of America Arena before 3,343 fans.? The loss drops Arizona to 7-13, 1-8 Pac-10, while Washington improves to 8-13, 3-6 Pac-10.

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As a team, Arizona shot 43.1 percent (25-58) from the field, and finished with eight steals and four blocked shots.? Washington posted a 45.3 percent mark (24-53) from the field, including an 8-of-19 clip from three-point range.? The Huskies also outrebounded Arizona 33-28.?

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Individually for Arizona, senior Ashley Whisonant finished with a game-high 20 points and seven assists, and junior Amina Njonkou added 15 points.? Sophomore Rheya Neabors posted 13 points and freshman Ify Ibekwe chipped in with eight points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

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Freshman Katelan Redmon led Washington with 18 points.

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Washington raced out to a quick 10-4 lead in the first 2:43 of the game, but Arizona cut the deficit to 10-9 at the 16:31 mark on a pair of free throws by Njonkou as she scored all of the Wildcatsˇ? first nine points.? UA stayed within two points for much of the first half, but the Huskies opened things up with five-straight points to take a 22-15 lead after a three by Redman at the 8:37 mark.? Arizona then went on a 14-3 scoring run to take a 29-25 lead with 3:03 left in the first after back-to-back threes by Neabors and a pair of free throws by freshman Ify Ibekwe.? But Washington finished the half on a 10-4 run to go into halftime up 35-33.

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Arizona shot 44.8 percent (13-29) from the field in the first half, as the Huskies posted a 40 percent mark (10-25).? Njonkou led the Wildcats with 13 points in the first half.

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The Wildcats tied the game at 35-35 on a jumper by Whisonant to open the second half, but UW used seven unanswered points to take a 42-35 lead at the 17:23 mark.? Arizona countered with a 14-4 run over the next 4:08 to take a 49-46 advantage after a layup by Njonkou at the 13:15 mark.

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The Huskies then went on a 19-4 run of their own to take a commanding 65-53 lead with 5:21 left in the game.? Arizona would struggle to cut into that deficit down the stretch, as turnovers and missed free throws held the Wildcats from a possible comeback.? Arizona shot 41.4 percent (12-29) from the field in the second half, giving up a 50 percent mark (14-28) to UW.

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Arizona will next host Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.

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Game Notes: ?Saturdayˇ?s game at Washington was head coach Joan Bonviciniˇ?s 500th career game at the helm of the Arizona womenˇ?s basketball program.? In 17 seasons at Arizona, Bonvicini owns a 284-216 record, and an overall record of 608-287 in 29 years of coaching.

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