Dec. 15, 2002
Columbus, Ohio (Dec. 15) - A 22-5 run at the beginning of the second half gave Ohio State all the momentum it needed to defeat the University of Arizona women's basketball team, 84-65, in Columbus on Sunday. The loss ended a four-game win streak for the 19th-ranked Wildcats and sent them to 4-2 on the year. OSU improved its record to 5-2.
The first half was one of small spurts for both teams. Ohio State opened the game by out-scoring Arizona, 16-8, over the first seven minutes. The Wildcats responded with 12 unanswered points to pull ahead by four (20-16) at 9:45. OSU used its own 9-0 run to go back up by four (27-23) three minutes later, only to be out-scored by Arizona, 16-10, over the remainder of the period. The Cats held a narrow two-point (39-37) lead at the break.
The Buckeyes tied the game right away in the second half, but Arizona scored its own bucket to go back up by two just seconds later. Then the Cats began a stretch that saw them make only two of their next 14 field goal attempts, and in the meantime, OSU used a 22-5 run to go ahead by 15 points (61-46) by the 10:29 mark. Arizona came no closer than 12 points the remainder of the game, and the Buckeyes led by as much as 21 points (82-61) with 1:44 left.
The loss was the Wildcats' worst since falling by 19 (72-53) at Oregon on Jan. 4 of last season. It also ended the Cats' four-game win streak, which had been their longest in two seasons.
Freshman center Shawntinice Polk, who came off the bench due to a violation of the team's travel dress code, led the Cats with 17 points and 11 rebounds. That was her sixth double-double in six games as a collegiate athlete, further extending her school-record streak of consecutive double-doubles.
Sophomore guard Dee-Dee Wheeler was the only other player to reach double digits in scoring, tallying 11 points, three assists and a game-high three steals. Junior guard Aimee Grzyb added nine points, while freshman guard Natalie Jones notched eight points and sophomore guard Robin Roberson had six points to go with four rebounds.
In the midst of a stretch that will see the Wildcats play four out of five games on the road, Arizona returns home briefly for a contest against New Mexico on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. in the McKale Center.