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20070105 Washington Holds Off Women?s Basketball, 83-66
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Release: 01/05/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Tucson</SPAN></B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Washington</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> (12-4, 5-0 Pac-10) held off a near second half comeback by <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> (6-10, 0-4 Pac-10) to earn an 83-66 win over the Wildcats on Thursday night in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. The win gives the Huskies their ninth consecutive, as the loss is <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s fifth straight.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona trailed by as many as 16 early in the second half, but put together a 13-3 run over 4:24 and trailed 60-54 with 8:12 left to play in the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Huskies responded with a 21-8 run of their own to pull away down the stretch.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;I thought first of all that we played much harder tonight,&rdquo; head coach Joan Bonvicini said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;We needed to play a lot harder, and we did that tonight.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The biggest thing is to get our confidence back. Even though we lost, we are getting back on track.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats finished the game shooting 33.3 percent (20-60) from the field, with a 4-of-18 mark (22.2 percent) mark from three point range, while shooting a season-high 84.6 percent (22-26) from the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> shot 49. 2 percent (17-35) from the field, including an 8-of-17 mark (47.1 percent) from behind the arc.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> out-rebounded <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> 36-34, and finished with 10 steals.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Individually for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, senior Joy Hollingsworth led all scorers with a career-high 31 points on 10-of-24 shooting from the field to go with seven rebounds and three steals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sophomore Whitney Fields posted six points and eight rebounds (seven offensive), and sophomore Amina Njonkou added seven points and seven rebounds.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Senior guard Cameo Hicks finished with 18 points, three rebounds, and six assists for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> hung close with <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> for much of the first half, trailing 26-22 after two free throws by Fields with 5:00 left before halftime.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> expanded its lead to 37-27 with 2:44 left to play in the first on a layup by Breanne Watson, and led 41-33 at the half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> shot 38.7 percent (12-31) from the floor in the first half, compared to a 48.6 percent (17-35) mark for the Huskies.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">UW ran out to a 57-41 lead at the 12:38 mark in the second half, but <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> responded with a 13-3 run in the next 4:24, holding the Huskies without a field goal for over three minutes to cut the deficit to 60-54 with 8:12 left.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats would get no closer than that as <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State> outscored <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 23-12 the rest of the way for the 17-point win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> shot 27.6 percent (8-29) from the field in the second half, including a 1-of-10 mark from three point range.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> shot 50.0 percent (15-30) after halftime.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> will next host <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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