Dec. 16, 2001
Nacogdoches, Texas (Dec. 16) - An 11-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome as the Arizona women's basketball team was edged by Stephen F. Austin, 68-66, in Nacogdoches on Sunday.
The first 12 minutes of the game saw five ties and four lead changes before SFA ended the first half on a 21-9 run, taking a 42-31 lead into the break. During that stretch, the Cats went ice-cold from the floor, making only four of 13 attempts, and committed seven turnovers.
The Wildcats roared back in the second half, opening the period with a 12-2 run that cut the Ladyjacks' lead to only one (44-43) just four minutes into play. The Cats stayed close, but couldn't seem to get a lead, and were down by seven (54-47) with 10 minutes left in the game.
Then Arizona turned up the heat, scoring 17 unanswered points to gain a 10-point (64-54) advantage at 6:59. SFA responded with back-to-back three-pointers and a couple of layups to tie the game at 64-all with just under three minutes left. Arizona's LaKeisha Taylor connected on a layup at 2:09 to give the Cats their final lead of the game, 66-64. Two Wildcat fouls, a missed layup and a turnover gave SFA the chance to slip in four more points for the win.
LaKeisha Taylor went off for a career-high-tying 23 points to go with nine rebounds. Junior wing Krista Warren grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds, the highest rebound total for any Wildcat since 1995.
Freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler added 10 points and six rebounds as the Cats were handed their fourth loss in the last five games. With a 4-4 record, Arizona is off to its worst start since the 1994-95 team began that season at 4-4.