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Wildcat Women Defeat Cal Poly Pomona 93-73 in Exhibition
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 06, 2005
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women’s basketball team defeated NCAA Division II power Cal Poly Pomona 93-73 in an exhibition game at McKale Center this afternoon.


Arizona shot 57 percent from the field and 74 percent from the charity stripe, but was held to just 13 percent (1-of-8) from downtown. Cal Poly connected on 53 percent from the field, 56 percent from three-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats also out-rebounded the Broncos 31-30 and forced 31 Cal Poly turnovers.


“I have no complaints," Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. "I thought we got better the second half. The first half, we were a little sloppy and had more turnovers. The whole bench did a really nice job. I’m happy with 56 percent shooting, but we also need to work on shooting better from the three point line.”


Sophomore Ashley Whisonant led a group of five Wildcats with 10 or more points, finishing with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-14 (71 percent) shooting. Sophomore Che Oh added 14 points and a game-high seven rebounds, while junior Linda Pace finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Senior Natalie Jones and freshman Whitney Fields chipped in 12 points apiece.


Junior Joy Hollingsworth tallied a game-high six steals to go along with eight points and four assists. Sophomore Jessica Arnold dished out a game-high six assists on the game.


Arizona opened the game with an 8-0 run and never led by less than five points for the rest of the half, going into the locker room up by 11, 45-34. The Wildcats shot 59 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free throw line on the half, but were 0-for-5 from three-point range. Cal Poly shot 46 percent from the field, 63 percent from downtown and 50 percent from the free throw line on the half. Arizona out-rebounded the Broncos 20-10 and both teams committed 10 turnovers on the half. Whisonant led all players with 12 points, followed by Oh with seven. Oh also pulled down a team-high five boards on the half.


In the second half, Arizona quickly built its lead to as many as 18, but Cal Poly used a 14-5 run to make it a nine-point game. Later in the half, the Wildcats went on a 17-2 run to go up 87-63 and put the game out of reach. Arizona cruised to the 93-73 win.


The Wildcats shot 54 percent from the field, 33 percent from three-point range and 69 percent from the free throw line on the half. Cal Poly, meanwhile, connected on 59, 0 and 83 percent, respectively, on the half. Arizona was out-rebounded 20-11 on the half, but forced 16 Bronco turnovers while committing just four.



Arizona hosts Division II Fort Lewis College for a 7 p.m. exhibition game this Friday, Nov. 11, at McKale.

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