Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women?s Basketball Downs Louisiana Tech, 74-59
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 03, 2006
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Tucson, Ariz. ?- Arizona made a season-best 23 free throws to make up for 35.8 percent (24-67) shooting from the field, as the Wildcats (5-3) rolled to a 74-59 win over Louisiana Tech (2-5) on Sunday afternoon in McKale Center.  The victory marks Arizona’s first win in program history against Louisiana Tech in five tries.


Arizona was 23-of-31 (74.2 percent) from the free throw line, and out-rebounded the Lady Techsters 46-40 by pulling down 20 offensive rebounds.  The Wildcats also tallied 14 steals off of 29 La Tech turnovers.


“We knew that we needed to get to the free throw line and rebound, and those were both key statistics for us today,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said.  “Louisiana Tech is a great program and I am proud of our players for how they played.  This is a good win for us.”


Individually for the Wildcats, junior Ashley Whisonant scored a career-high 22 points (8-22) to go with five rebounds, and senior Joy Hollingsworth scored 22 points (6-16) for the third time this season while tallying five rebounds and five steals.  Junior Shannon Hobson finished with a season-high 16 points, and sophomore Amina Njonkou and junior Suzy Bofia combined for eight points and 16 rebounds.


Four Lady Techsters scored in double-figures led by Ty Moore’s double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.


Arizona jumped on top of Louisiana Tech early, using a 16-0 scoring run in the early minutes to race out to a 16-2 lead at the 15:30 mark.  The Wildcats then gave up a 16-3 run to La Tech, as a three by Eboni Mangum cut the UA lead to 28-25 with 4:41 left in the first half.  Arizona and La Tech traded baskets down the stretch as the Wildcats went into halftime with a 36-30 advantage.  UA shot 42.9 percent (12-28) from the field in the first half, while holding La Tech to a 33.3 percent (11-33) mark.


The Wildcats shot 30.8 percent (12-39) from the field in the second half, but got to the free throw line 19 times to convert 14 free throw attempts.  The Wildcats led by double-figures for much of the final seven minutes of the game, as La Tech shot 37.5 percent (13-31) from the field in the second half.


Arizona will next host New Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.

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