SAN JOSE, Calif. ?- The Arizona women’s basketball team’s season came to an end tonight as top-seeded and No. 13 Stanford defeated the Wildcats 77-50 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament at HP Pavilion. Arizona finishes the season 8-22.
Arizona shot 31 percent from the field, 25 percent from three-point range and 88 percent from the free throw line on the game, compared to the 43, 33 and 61 percent, respectively, of Stanford. The Cardinal out-rebounded the Wildcats 48 to 35 and forced 17 Arizona turnovers while committing 12.
“You could see our energy level wasn’t what we needed it to be,” Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. “It’s a reflection of our season ?- we battled hard and we never quit.”
Sophomore Ashley Whisonant led Arizona with 17 points. Junior Joy Hollingsworth, who played half the game as number 31 after getting blood on her number 45 jersey, added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds. Freshman Amina Njonkou and sophomore Jessica Arnold also tallied eight points, a career-high for Njonkou. Senior Natalie Jones was held to just five points in her collegiate finale.
The game started out close, with ties at six and 10, but Stanford rattled off five straight points to take a 15-10 lead. Arizona responded with five of its own to tie it at again. After a tie at 17, the Cardinal went on an 11-2 run to go up 28-19. Arizona cut it to six (28-22), but Stanford scored six in a row to take its biggest lead of the game and went into the locker room at halftime up by 12, 36-24.
Arnold left the game at the 1:03 mark with a suspected concussion, while Hollingsworth left at the same point and required stitches in her chin at halftime.
Arizona shot 36 percent from the field, 25 percent from three-point range and 100 percent from the free throw line on the half. Stanford connected on 41 percent from the field, 25 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the charity stripe on the half. The Cardinal out-rebounded Arizona 20 to 15 and forced 11 Wildcat turnovers on the half. Whisonant and Arnold tallied eight points each to lead Arizona.
Stanford quickly extended its lead to 17 in the second half and later used an 11-4 run to take a 26-point lead and put the game out of reach. Stanford cruised to the 27-point victory.