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20070517 Arizona Women?s Basketball Squeaks Past Marghera, 80-78
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/17/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Marghera</SPAN></B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Italy</st1:country-region> ? </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Sophomore Amina Njonkou made a break-away layup as time expired to give <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> a thrilling 80-78 victory over the Marghera-Venezia Sernavimar Giants on Wednesday night.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats squandered a 17-point halftime lead, but escaped down the stretch to improve to 2-0 on their tour of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Italy</st1:place></st1:country-region>.<?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">With the score tied at 78-78 and three seconds left in the game, freshman Marie McGee caught an inbounds pass at half court and found a streaking Njonkou wide open for the game-winning lay in.<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">Njonkou led <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> with 25 points and 10 rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Ashley Whisonant added 21 points, six rebounds and five assists, and junior Suzy Bofia finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Freshman Rhaya Neabors posted eight points, four rebounds, and three steals, and sophomore Malia O&rsquo;Neal added seven points and four 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">After a long day of traveling on a bus, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> showed no signs of fatigue early, jumping out to a 24-19 lead at the end of the first quarter against a very efficient three-point shooting Marghera team.<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 Wildcats blew the game wide open in the second quarter, outscoring the Giants 20-8 in the quarter to lead 44-27 at halftime.<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 Giants then caught fire in the third quarter, using a 12-0 scoring run on some hot three-point shooting to cut the deficit to 55-50 with 2:10 left in the third.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Marghera outscored <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 29-16 in the third and trailed 60-56 going into the final quarter.<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 Giants cut the UA lead to 64-63 at the 7:36 mark in the fourth, and regained the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter at 65-64 with 6:56 left in the game.<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">Marghera led 69-66 with 6:08 left, but <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> fought back to tie the game at 72-72 with 1:50 left to play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats received a huge three-point play by Njonkou with 29 seconds left in the game to take a 77-74 lead.<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"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Giants cut the lead to 77-76 on a quick lay in, and sent O&rsquo;Neal to the free throw line with seven seconds left who then hit the back end of two attempts to give the Wildcats a 78-76 lead.<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">Two Marghera free throws with three seconds left tied the game to set up the thrilling and improbable finish.<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">McGee posted three points, eight rebounds and two assists, and junior Shannon Hobson had five 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><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> will next play on Friday, May 18 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Venice</st1:City>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Italy</st1:country-region></st1:place>.</SPAN>
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