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011-11-2007 Arizona vs. Charlotte Recap
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/11/2007
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University Park, Pa. ?C Arizona (1-2) scored 10 unanswered points in the first 3:16 of overtime to roll past Charlotte (0-3), 86-77, and earn its first win of the season on Sunday afternoon in the Bryce Jordan Center.

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The Wildcats outscored Charlotte 15-6 in OT, holding the 49ers to a 25 percent (3-12) shooting percentage.

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ˇ?I am very proud of how our team played and finished today,ˇ± head coach Joan Bonvicini said.? ˇ?Our players never gave up and we kept the game close and just hung around until the end.? We have a saying on our team that overtime is our time and we proved that once again today.? It was great to see us bounce back after being down, and we are going to build from this.ˇ±

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As a team, Arizona shot 42.9 percent (30-70) from the field in the game and finished with 13 steals off of 23 Charlotte turnovers.? Charlotte shot 41.9 percent from the field (31-74) and outrebounded the Wildcats 49-48.

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Individually for Arizona, freshman Tasha Dickey led the way with 18 points as five Wildcats registered double-figure point totals.? Senior Ashley Whisonant added 17 points and five rebounds, and junior Amina Njonkou posted 12 points.? Freshman Ify Ibekwe and sophomore Rheya Neabors each finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

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Erin Floyd led Charlotte with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

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Charlotte got off to a fast start, racing out to a 15-4 lead over the Wildcats in the first three minutes.? Arizona responded with an 8-0 scoring run to cut the deficit to 15-12 at the 16:01 mark on a lay in by Ibekwe.? The 49ers stretched their lead to 29-19 at the 9:28 mark, but Dickey nailed a three and a jumper in 30 seconds to cut it to 29-25.? Arizona cut the Charlotte lead to 35-33 on a pair of free throws by Whisonant at the 2:06 mark, but the 49ers managed three more points down the stretch to take a 38-33 lead into halftime.

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Arizona shot 37.9 percent (11-29) in the first half, but was led by Dickeyˇ?s 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Charlotte posted a 48.4 percent mark from the field (15-31) in the first.

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The 49ers started the second half on fire, using a 10-2 run in the first 2:24 to take a 48-35 advantage.? Arizona responded with an 11-3 run and trailed 51-46 after a layup by Rheya Neabors at the 14:41 mark.? The Wildcats kept hanging around and were able to cut the deficit to 60-57 after a layup by Whisonant with 7:34 left.

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Arizona then went 4:54 without a field goal down the stretch until a layup by Rheya Neabors cut the Charlotte lead to 69-65 at the 2:01 mark.? That sparked a 6-0 mini run as the Wildcats tied the game at 69-69 with 1:13 left.

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Rheya Neabors drained two free throws with 31 seconds left to put Arizona up 71-69, but Floyd pulled down an offensive rebound and converted a layup for Charlotte as time expired to send the game into overtime tied at 71-71.

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Arizona jumped on top of Charlotte at the start of overtime, scoring the first six points of extra play to take a 77-71 with 3:20 on the clock.? A jumper by senior Erin Oˇ?Bryan put the Wildcats up 79-71 at the 2:30 mark, and Arizona went up 81-71 after a lay in by sophomore Rhaya Neabors.? Arizona cruised from there to seal the deal, earning its fourth-straight overtime win.

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Arizona will play its season home opener against Portland on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.
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