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No. 4/4 Stanford Too Much For Wildcats
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 06, 2011
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Jan. 6, 2011

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PALO ALTO, Calif. - University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball picked up its first Pac-10 loss on Thursday after falling to the No. 4/4 Stanford Cardinal, 87-54. Arizona falls to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in Pac 10 play while Stanford moves to 10-2 overall and 2-0 in Pac-10 play.

Stanford snapped Arizona's six-game winning streak that started on the road at New Mexico on Dec. 7. The Cardinal win on Thursday extends their home win streak to 53 games.

"It was a tough loss for us tonight," head coach Niya Butts said. "Certainly, we wish we gave them a better performance. Stanford is a tough team, especially at home. We have to bounce back and get ready to play at Cal on Saturday. Our team will be ready to do that. It's just unfortunate that tonight things didn't go our way."

"Taylor Dalrymple absolutely stepped up for us tonight," Butts said. "Her leadership on the floor was good and her leadership on the bench was good. That was definitely a bright spot for us and hopefully she can carry that over to Saturday's game."

For the third-straight game, junior guard Shanita Arnold led Arizona in scoring. Against Stanford, she had 13 points to go with her two rebounds and three assists. She was the lone Wildcat to score in double figures but senior forward Ify Ibekwe (8), junior forward Taylor Dalrymple (8), sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (9) and junior guard Reiko Thomas (9) were not far off. Ibekwe paced Arizona at the glass with eight boards.

Stanford took over in the second half, shooting 70.4 percent with 19-of-27 from the field. On the game, the Cardinal out-rebounded the Wildcats, 50-35, and kept Pac-10 leading Ibekwe at bay with just eight rebounds.

The Cardinal opened the first half with a 9-0 run that eventually ended with an Arnold jumper just outside the 16-minute mark. The Wildcats got back in the game thanks to three's from Whyte and Arnold and four defensive rebounds from Ibekwe.

Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 14 points and five boards in the first 20 minutes. The Cardinal were 17-41 from the field (41.5 percent) while the Wildcats were 14-35 (40.0 percent) in the first half. Stanford out-rebounded Arizona, 31-17. The Wildcats hung tough with Stanford in the first half and were within 40-33 at the break despite shooting 4-for-4 from three-point range and missing their first eight field-goal tries.

For Stanford, N. Ogwumike was the leading scorer with 24 points. Chiney Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen led at the glass with 11 rebounds each. The Cardinal had four players score in double digits. Stanford shot 41.5 percent for the first half, 70.4 percent in the second half and 52.9 percent for the game.

Arizona's usual starting five again got the nod on Thursday: Arnold, Ibekwe, junior guard Brooke Jackson, senior forward Soana Lucet and junior Whyte. Junior guard Reiko Thomas saw the most minutes off the bench with 22. She pitched in with nine points, five boards, an assist and a steal.

Arizona will return to the court on Sat., Jan. 8, to face California at Haas Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. in Berkley, Calif. MT.

Niya Butts postgame at Stanford

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