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Wildcats Escape New Mexico, 59-50
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/21/2011
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Dec. 21, 2011

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TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team moved to 10-1 on the season and 4-0 at home with a Wednesday evening 59-50 win against the University of New Mexico at McKale Center. The UNM Lobos fall to 4-8 on the season.

"Well, that's not how I wanted the game to play out but we won," head coach Niya Butts said. "I feel good going into the break 10-1. Now we can relax and enjoy the final outcome of tonight for the next couple of days. Shanita (Arnold) had a couple of key plays. Davellyn (Whyte) had a couple of big rebounds at the end of the game. And Reiko (Thomas), she forced a turnover on (Caroline) Durbin, which we hadn't done much of in the second half."

Junior guard Davellyn Whyte led all scorers with 27 points. In 33 minutes of play, she also had 12 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double with a combination of points and rebounds. She was 9-of-19 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and 6-of-9 from the free throw line. Arizona also got a double-digit scoring effort from senior guard Shanita Arnold's 10 points. Arnold also had five assists and two steals.

Freshman center Aley Rohde had a career high eight blocks and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Arizona outrebounded New Mexico, 49-33, and forced just 10 turnovers out of the Lobos. UA gave up 19 turnovers and managed just nine assists. The Wildcats shot 38.2 percent from the field (21-55), 46.7 percent from behind the arc (7-15) and 58.8 percent from the charity stripe (10-17).

The starting five for the Wildcats included Arnold, sophomore forward Erica Barnes, Rohde, senior guard Reiko Thomas and Whyte. Junior guard Lindsey Fearing had the most minutes off the bench with 16. She had six points on two treys and two rebounds.

For the Lobos, Caroline Durbin was the leading scorer with 19 points. New Mexico shot 31.7 percent from the field (20-63), 71.4 percent from the free throw line (5-7) and 35.7 percent from three-point range (5-14).

Arizona will play next on Wed., Dec. 28 against UNLV, at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.

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