Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Last-Minute Effort Falls Short at Utah, 73-67
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 11, 2012
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Feb. 11, 2012

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TUCSON - Junior guard Davellyn Whyte's 22 points and eight rebounds weren't enough as the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team dropped its first Pac-12 game at Utah, 73-67, in Salt Lake City. Arizona moved to 13-12 overall and 2-11 in Pac-12 play. Utah advanced to 12-12 overall and 5-8 in conference action.

"We did a decent job on the boards and we were 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the first half but we needed to get more stops," head coach Niya Butts said. "Hopefully, we can move forward and learn from this; I did see a little bit better ownership tonight. However, when you're giving up good position in the paint and allowing consecutive easy baskets, that's just not going to win basketball games."

Whyte's 22 points came on 8-of-14 from the field, 4-of-5 from three-point range and 2-of-3 from the free throw line. She also had a team-high eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in 39 minutes of action. Sophomore forward Erica Barnes chipped in with 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in her 29 minutes of play. Senior guard Shanita Arnold had eight points, six assists and five steals in 32 minutes of play.

Arizona dropped the battle at the boards, 36-31, but did manage to pull down 13 offensive rebounds to UU's seven. The Cats scored 11 second-chance points. Eleven UA turnovers led to just six Utah points. The Utes gave up 16 turnovers for 14 UA points. Arizona shot 36.1 percent from the field (22-61), 42.9 percent from three-point range (6-14) and 81 percent from the free throw line (17-21).

The starting five for Arizona included Arnold, freshman guard Erin Butler, freshman center Aley Rohde, senior guard Reiko Thomas and Whyte. Barnes had the most minutes off the bench with 29.

For the Utes, Michelle Plouffe scored a team-high 22 points on 7-of-13 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She also had 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. U of U shot 48.9 percent from the field (22-45), 27.3 percent from behind the arc (3-11) and 83.9 percent from the charity stripe (26-31).

Arizona will return to the friendly confines of the McKale Center to host Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Sunday.

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