Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Fresno State Outlasts Women's Basketball, 69-60
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 19, 2006
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Tucson, Ariz. ?- Arizona went scoreless for the final 4:50 of the game to hand Fresno State a 69-60 win on Monday night in McKale Center.  The Wildcats (6-6) finished 0-for-11 from the floor and were outscored 13-0 by the Bulldogs (6-4) down the stretch.


Arizona shot a season-low 30.7 percent (23-75) from the field, including a 26.8 percent (11-41) mark in the second half, and was out-rebounded by Fresno State 54-43.  The Bulldogs were 13-of-19 from the free throw line, as the Wildcats finished with a 10-17 mark from the charity stripe.


“This was a tough game for us to lose,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said.  “I thought we did a good job on defense in the first half. But in the second, we just didn’t keep that up. We missed layups, and most importantly, they dominated the boards.”


Individually for Arizona, senior Joy Hollingsworth posted 19 points and eight rebounds, and sophomore Amina Njonkou recorded her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds.  Junior Ashley Whisonant chipped in with nine points, seven assists and five rebounds.


Chantella Perera scored 24 points, and Tierre Wilson posted 21 points and nine rebounds for Fresno State.


Arizona and Fresno State battled close in a first half that had six ties and five lead changes.  Fresno State went up 23-19 with 6:16 left to play, but Arizona rallied with a 10-3 run to close the half, and led 29-26 at halftime.  The Wildcats shot 35.3 percent (12-34), and the Bulldogs posted a 31.3 percent (10-32) from the field in the first half.


Arizona opened the second half strong, jumping out to a 42-33 lead on a Hollingsworth trey with 15:29 to play.  The Bulldogs responded with a 12-3 run in the next 3:23 to tie the game up at 45-45.  Arizona went up 52-47 on a Njonkou layup at the 8:43 mark, but the Bulldogs tied the game again at 56-56 on two free throws by Perera with 5:47 left to play.


The Wildcats took a 60-56 lead on a layup by Njonkou with 4:50 left to play, but went scoreless after that.  Arizona trailed 64-60 with 2:25 left, but finished 0-for-11 in the final minutes and could not close the gap down the stretch.  Fresno State sealed the win with five free throws in the final minute.


Arizona will travel to No. 10 Arizona State to open Pac-10 play on Friday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.
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