Jan 10, 2003
Pullman, Wash. (Jan. 9) - With four starters in double figures, the 18th-ranked University of Arizona women's basketball team ran by Washington State, 86-65, in Pullman on Thursday. The win moves the Cats to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in Pac-10 play, while Washington State remains winless at 0-12 overall and 0-4 in conference action.
Despite committing five turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the game, Arizona gained a 22-12 lead midway through the first half. WSU responded with seven unanswered points to cut the lead to just three (22-19) at 7:40, then Arizona used a 14-0 run to go up by 17 points (36-19) with 2:51 left in the period. The Wildcats led, 39-25, at the break.
Sloppy play continued in the second half for the Cats, as they coughed the ball up on each of their first three possessions and ended up with five miscues in the first three minutes of the period. In spite of the turnovers, the Wildcats extended their lead to 24 points (53-29) at 14:56.
Washington State fought back to within 19 points twice over the next nine minutes, but Arizona always had an answer and finally gained its biggest lead of the game at 31 points (84-53) with 4:16 left. Head coach Joan Bonvicini dipped into her bench extensively during the game and had at least four freshmen on the floor at any time during the final five minutes on the clock. WSU out-scored the Wildcats, 12-2, down the stretch, but the spread was just too much for the Cougars to overcome.
Sophomore guard Dee-Dee Wheeler led all scorers with 20 points while contributing five rebounds and four assists. Junior guard Aimee Grzyb registered 18 points and six assists, and senior forward Krista Warren shot 6-for-7 from the floor on her way to 12 points and nine rebounds.
Freshman center Shawntinice Polk was limited to just 16 points and six rebounds, but she did earn five assists in the game. Fellow freshman CoCoa Sanford came off the bench for an outstanding effort of nine points and eight rebounds in only 14 minutes of action. Senior guard Julie Brase had a game-high seven assists to go with six rebounds.
In the midst of a stretch that will see them play six of eight games on the road, the Wildcats remain in the Pacific Northwest to take on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m. PST.