Feb. 16, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona shot 61.5 percent in the second half en route to a 73-50 non-conference win over visiting Cal State Northridge, Tuesday evening in McKale Center.
Cal State Northridge managed to stay within striking distance through the opening stanza as the Wildcats shot just 37.9 percent (11-of-29) and committed eight turnovers. The Matadors hit 3-of-4 from beyond the arc while Neeta Sreekanth had 10 points.
The Wildcats, however, came out strong to start the second half. Arizona scored the first six points to stretch a 9-point halftime advantage to 38-23, then used a 8-0 run over 2:41 thanks to three-pointers by Davellyn Whyte and Ashley Frazier, respectively, sandwiched around a lay-up by Brooke Jackson.
Ibekwe provided the offense early on for the Wildcats, scoring 13 of her team-high 17 points before the break. The second half saw Jackson and Soana Lucet each tally 10 points as Jackson knocked down a pair from distance.
Arizona had all eight players score at least three points and six of the eight registered at least 8 points. The Cats dominated on the glass with a 44-28 advantage and made 14-of-21 free throws.
Soana Lucet chipped in with 12 points and 9 rebounds while Reiko Thomas had 8 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Whyte and Amanda Pierson also tallied 9 points apiece. Jasmine Erving scored a game-high 21 points to lead Cal State Northridge (4-19).
Arizona (13-11) returns to Pac-10 play this Saturday, February 20 with a visit to in-state rival Arizona State as part of the State Farm Territorial Cup Series with tip-off at Wells Fargo Arena scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (MT)