Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Waltz Past Pepperdine, 80-68
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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Nov. 25, 2002

The strong inside play of freshman center Shawntinice Polk and senior forward Krista Warren proved to be too much for the Pepperdine women's basketball team to overcome as Arizona handed the Waves an 80-68 loss Monday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Polk recorded her second career double-double in as many games, scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, and Warren scored a team-high 20 points to lead the Wildcats (1-1) to their first win of the season.

Junior guard Shandrika Lee equaled her career-high point total with a game-high 26 points to lead Pepperdine (0-2).

After trailing 37-34 at halftime, Pepperdine opened the second half with an 8-4 run to take a 42-41 with 17:34 remaining. However, that lead proved to be short-lived as Polk and Warren took over the game.

Polk scored the next seven points to give Arizona a 48-42 lead and nine of the Wildcats next 17 points as they went on a 17-6 run to take a 58-48 advantage with 13:29 left in the game.

Warren contributed six points on the run as she and Polk were key figures on the boards during the run.

Arizona went on to build a 16-point lead with at 70-54 with 9:03 remaining. The closest Pepperdine would come was eight points on two occasions with less than a minute remaining.

The Wildcats used that inside strength to post a commanding 45-33 advantage on the boards, including 28 on the defensive end.

Arizona shot 52.5 percent from the field (32-for-61), while Pepperdine converted 34.3 percent (24-of-70) of its shots.

The Wildcats had balanced scoring as five players finished in double figures.


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