Nov. 7, 2010
Postgame with Niya Butts.
TUCSON - Behind sophomore Davellyn Whyte's 28 points, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team topped the Western State College Mountaineers, 109-62, in exhibition play at McKale Center on Sunday.
"Our offense was outstanding and I'm happy we can score," head coach Niya Butts said. "We have to take care of the ball better, and our post defense has to improve or we will have a tough season. I have faith that we can make the necessary adjustments. As fast as we are playing, I know that there are some turnovers that will happen but we can't keep making sloppy mistakes like dribbling off the foot or passing the ball out of bounds. "Now, we're going to get ready for our game at Wichita State and hopefully start off the season with a win."
Whyte led all scorers with 28 points. She also pitched in with six rebounds and went 5-of-8 from behind the arc. Including Whyte, five Wildcats scored in double-digit figures. Junior guard Shanita Arnold scored 22 points and picked her first double-double with 15 assists.
"Offensively, we played well tonight," Whyte said. "We're concentrating on defense and rebounding but we didn't do as well on that tonight, so in practice, we'll probably focus on boards. Because of the zone, it was hard to shoot on the outside but once we got inside and started getting baskets, we were okay. We are so much farther now than we were last year, and Coach wants us to play like we know how to play, no matter the team."
Freshman Erica Barnes had a standout game on both sides of the court. She scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. Junior guard Brooke Jackson notched 13 points and senior Ify Ibekwe also contributed with 12 points. Ibekwe also added 12 rebounds to the team total.
The Mountaineers were led by junior guard Nikki Trujillo who scored 18 points. Defensively, WSC picked up nine rebounds from sophomore guard Katie Hall.
The Wildcats will open the regular season on the road at Wichita State. Tip-off is scheduled for Fri., Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. CT, in Wichita, Kan.