TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women’s basketball closed out 2005 with a 66-54 defeat at the hands of Washington at McKale Center this afternoon. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in Pac-10 play.
Arizona shot 33 percent from the field, 13 percent from downtown and 64 percent from the free throw line on the game, compared to the 41, 13 and 76 percent, respectively, of the Huskies. Washington also out-rebounded the Wildcats 42 to 39 and forced 25 Arizona turnovers.
“We didn’t play well tonight,” Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. “We didn’t play well enough and we didn’t play smart enough. Washington is a good team. They capitalized on our mistakes. We forced a lot of turnovers in the first half, but we couldn’t capitalize on their mistakes.”
Junior Joy Hollingsworth led Arizona with 14 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Ashley Whisonant added 11 points, while freshman Whitney Fields posted a double-double ?- 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Arizona jumped out to an early 12-3 lead, but the Huskies were able to take a 19-18 lead by the 4:22 mark of the half and went into the locker room up by five, 29-24. The Wildcats shot just 25 percent from the field, 0 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the charity stripe on the half. Washington, meanwhile, connected on 46, 14 and 73 percent, respectively, on the half. The Huskies also out-rebounded Arizona 19 to 17, but committed 17 turnovers to the Wildcats’ 13.
In the second half, Washington quickly extended its lead to nine (35-26), but the Wildcats used an 11-0 run to take a one-point lead, 37-35. The Huskies answered with a 21-10 run to go up 56-47 with 6:41 remaining and put the game out of reach for good.
Arizona shot 40 percent from the field, 25 percent from downtown and 50 percent from the free throw line on the half. Washington connected on 38, 11 and 80 percent, respectively, on the half. The Huskies also out-rebounded the Wildcats 23 to 20 and forced 12 Arizona turnovers.
Arizona hosts Wisconsin-Green Bay (8-3) for a 7 p.m. game next Tuesday, Jan. 3, at McKale.