Dec. 31, 2011
"I have to give credit to ASU," head coach Niya Butts said. "They played a much better second half than they did a first half. They were definitely the aggressors, at least in the second 20 minutes. We didn't handle or match it well. Our rebounding has to get better. It's tough to wins games if you're not getting your rebounds. I know we can bounce back. Our woes today had more to do with us than ASU."
"Once they got a lead, we had a sense of panic and started to force things," Butts said. "We have plenty of opportunities to bounce back. Our players understand this is not how we wanted to start."
Junior guard Davellyn Whyte paced all scorers with 19 points. She also collected five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sophomore forward Erica Barnes recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Arizona shot 31.8 percent from the field (14-44), 25 percent from behind the arc (3-12) and 77.8 percent from the free throw line (14-18). The Cats were outrebounded 46-33, including 18 offensive boards by ASU. The Sun Devils had just 10 turnovers to go with 19 assists while the Cats had nine assists and 19 turnovers.
Arizona's starting five included senior guard Shanita Arnold, Barnes, freshman center Aley Rohde, senior guard Reiko Thomas and Whyte. Junior forward Cheshi Poston had the most minutes off the bench with 16. Junior guard Lindsey Fearing was the only other player off the bench with her 14 minutes of action.
The Sun Devils were paced by Kimberly Brandon and Micaela Pickens, each with 13 points. Kali Bennett dominated the glass with 11 boards. ASU shot 36.8 percent from the field (25-68), 17.6 percent from three-point range (3-17) and 53.8 percent from the charity stripe (7-13).
Arizona will play next on Thurs., Jan. 5, vs. UCLA at McKale Center.