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20070202 Women?s Basketball Edges Washington State, 55-51
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/02/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pullman, Wash. ? </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Junior guard Jessica Arnold hit two free throws with 8.9 seconds left in the game to lift Arizona (8-16, 2-10 Pac-10) to a 55-51 win over Washington State (5-17, 1-11 Pac-10) on Thursday night at Beasley Coliseum.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The win ends a six-game losing streak for the Wildcats, and gives head coach Joan Bonvicini 599 victories in her career, as she stands just one win shy of becoming the 18<SUP>th</SUP> coach in NCAA history to reach the 600 win milestone.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;I knew coming into this game we needed to step up our defense,&rdquo; Bonvicini said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;We have struggled to win games, but I knew that if we rebounded and played defense that we would put ourselves in line to win this game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This was a good collective team effort for us.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona shot a season-low 28.6 percent (18-63) from the field, but out-rebounded WSU 42-33, including 21 offensive boards.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats also shot 38.1 percent (8-21) from three point range, 73.3 percent (11-15) from the free throw line, and finished with eight steals and 13 assists.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Individually for Arizona, senior Joy Hollingsworth led the way with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including a career high five three pointers on 10 attempts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arnold added 13 points, and junior Shannon Hobson added eight points and eight rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sophomore Amina Njonkou finished with nine points and six rebounds.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Marisa Stotler led Washington State with 16 points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona started the game off strong, jumping out to a 12-6 lead over the Cougars at the 13:41 mark in the first half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Washington State responded with a 7-0 scoring run over three minutes to take a 13-12 lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats went scoreless for a stretch of seven minutes until a three by Hollingsworth gave Arizona a 16-15 lead at the 6:48 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona extended its lead to 26-19 with 1:26 left in the first, but WSU closed the half out with five straight points and trailed 26-24 at halftime.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona shot 29.6 percent (8-27) from the field in the first.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The second half was very close, as the Cougs and Cats traded leads until the final minute.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona trailed 46-43 with 5:41 left, but a three by Hollingsworth tied the game up at 46-46 with 5:15 left.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With the game tied up at 51-51, Njonkou hit a layup with 1:07 left in the game to put Arizona up 53-51.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arnold sealed the win with two free throws down the stretch to give Arizona its first win in seven games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona will next travel to Washington on Saturday, Feb. 3, for a 1 p.m. matchup with Huskies in Bank of America Arena.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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