Nov. 15, 2010
TUCSON - A solid night of rebounding combined with a balanced offensive attack was enough to lift University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball past the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 71-49, Monday night at the McKale Center. The Wildcats improved to 2-0 and the Lumberjacks fell to 0-2.
"It wasn't that pretty, and we started off a little slow, but we got the win," head coach Niya Butts said. "We just need to take care of the ball better. We did better on rebounding tonight, and that was good to see, but we need to work on free throws. We were fifteen for thirty, and we can't give up the free points.
Arizona had a solid outing at the glass. The Wildcats recorded 64 total rebounds, 37 defensive and 27 offensive. Arizona also held the Lumberjacks to just 28 rebounds and only six offensively. Of the 10 Wildcats that played Monday night, all had at least two rebounds and all scored at least two points.
"Rebounding well gives the other team fewer opportunities, and we only allowed them six, which I have never seen us do," Butts said. "It's definitely been a big plus for us these last few games."
Freshman Candice Warthen recorded her first collegiate double-double. She scored 12 points and grabbed 13 boards, including eight defensive rebounds. She also dished out three assists and grabbed one steal.
"I liked everything about Candice's game tonight," Butts said. "She's a freshman, so naturally she's going to make some mistakes, but she's a five foot nothing point guard and she had a double-double in rebounds. We know that the newcomers are capable. Erica Barnes went 16 and 14 in the last game, and while she didn't show that tonight, Candice and Taylor Dalrymple did."
Senior Soana Lucet led the Wildcats offensively with 15 points. She also grabbed nine boards, one steal and handed out two assists. Freshman Erica Barnes chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds while senior Ify Ibekwe had six points and nine boards.
Junior Shanita Arnold (nine assists), Ibekwe, junior Brooke Jackson, Lucet and sophomore Davellyn Whyte got the start for the second-straight game for the Cats. Warthen had the most minutes off the bench for Arizona with 25.
The Wildcats will play next at Ole Miss on Thurs., Nov. 18, at 7:05 p.m. CT.
Niya Butts postgame press conference.
Wildcats postgame press conference.