PALO ALTO, Calif. ?- The Arizona women’s basketball team suffered its worse loss of the season, falling 82-51 to Stanford at Maples Pavilion tonight. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 6-12 overall and 2-6 in the Pac-10.
Arizona shot 31 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line on the game, but made just 2-of 18 (11 percent) from three-point range. Stanford, meanwhile, shot 46 percent from the field, 50 percent from downtown and 67 percent from the charity stripe on the game. The Wildcats, which had out-rebounded the Cardinal by four in the first half, were out-rebounded 49 to 39 on the game.
“The thing that really hurt us was turnovers and shooting percentage,” Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. “We didn’t get much from our posts. We were out-rebounding them at halftime and they just dominated the boards in the second half. This was a very disappointing game for us.”
Stanford jumped out to a 10-0 lead, holding Arizona scoreless for the first 4:43 of the game. The Cardinal later used another 10-0 run to go up 20-3. The Wildcats responded with an 8-2 run to make it an 11-point game, 22-11. Over the next 7:19, Stanford outscored the Wildcats 17-9 to take a 20-point (39-19) lead. Arizona used a 5-0 late run to head into the locker room at halftime down by 15, 43-28.
Arizona shot 34 percent from the field and 86 percent from the free throw line on the half, but failed to make a three-point basket, shooting 0-for-8 from downtown. The Cardinal connected on 47 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the charity stripe on the half. The Wildcats out-rebounded Stanford 23 to 19, but turned the ball over 11 times.
Whisonant led Arizona with 10 points, while Fields pulled down six boards on the half.
Stanford opened the second half on fire, outscoring the Wildcats 14-2 over the first four minutes to take its biggest lead of the game, 57-30. Arizona was cold, scoring just three points in more than six and a half minutes, allowing the Cardinal build its lead to more than 40 points. Stanford went on to the 31-point win.
The Wildcats face California for a 1 p.m. (PST) game on Sunday, Jan. 22. The game will be televised to a national audience on FSN.