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Cats Cruise Past New Mexico State, 84-67
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/21/2011
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Nov. 21, 2011


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TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team moved to 4-0 on the season and 3-0 on the road with an 84-67 win at New Mexico State on Monday. Four Wildcats scored in double digits while shooting 48 percent from the field.

"I think we had balance offensively and that's always good," head coach Niya Butts said. "Our rebounding was not good tonight. We didn't get them by the margin we wanted. We only had 12 turnovers which is a big improvement from our last game. We have to continue to take care of the basketball and share that basketball. I think if we can do that, we'll be successful."

Sophomore guard Candice Warthen and junior guard Davellyn Whyte each had 20 points. Sophomore forward Erica Barnes chipped in with 15 points and freshman center Aley Rohde had 12. Barnes paced Arizona at the glass with nine boards.

Senior guard Shanita Arnold had four points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Wildcats shot 47.9 percent from the field (35-73), 33.3 percent from behind the arc (6-18) and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe (8-12). Arizona scored 27 points off of New Mexico State's 21 turnovers.

For Arizona, Arnold, Barnes, Rohde, Warthen and Whyte were the starting five. Junior forward Cheshi Poston got the most minutes off the bench with 15. She had five points and two boards.

For New Mexico State, Erica Sanchez led the Aggie scorers with 16 points, including four three-point baskets. The Aggies shot 43.1 percent from the field (22-51), 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18) and 69.6 percent from the free throw line (16-23).

Arizona will play next on Mon., Nov. 28 in McKale Center. The contest vs. North Texas will tip-off at 11 a.m. Next week's game is Field Trip Day.

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