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.
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.