Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Washington Drops Women?s Basketball, 79-64
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 06, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Seattle ?- Washington used a 33-10 scoring run in the second half to cruise to a 79-64 win over Arizona on Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 3,824 in Bank of American Arena.  The loss drops the Wildcats to 8-17 overall and 2-11 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies improve to 14-10 and 7-6 in the Pac-10.


“Both teams struggled early, but we let Washington really dominate the boards in the second half, and once they got into their running game, they got their confidence and took off from there,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said.  “I like how we fought to the end, but we struggled today in the post.”


Arizona shot 40.7 percent (22-54) from the field, compared to a 54.4 percent (31-57) mark for Washington.  The Huskies out-rebounded the Wildcats 36-29, as Arizona finished with 10 steals and 10 assists.


Individually for Arizona, senior Joy Hollingsworth led the way with a game-high 26 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the field, including 20 points in the second half before a hometown crowd.  Junior Ashley Whisonant added 17 points.


Arizona got off to a slow start, going scoreless for the first 4:54 of the game while missing its first six shots from the field.  A bucket by senior Linda Pace trimmed the early Husky lead to 5-2, as UW shot 2-of-9 from the field to open the game compared to a 1-of-8 mark for the Wildcats.  Junior Ashley Whisonant connected on back-to-back baskets, as her three gave Arizona a 7-5 lead at the 12:43 mark.


With the game tied at 13-13, Washington used a three-point play by Jill Bell and a trey by Cameo Hicks to take a 19-13 lead with 7:56 left in the first.  UW led Arizona 27-21 at the half, out-shooting the Wildcats 47.8 percent (11-23) to 25.9 percent (7-27).


Arizona used an early 8-0 scoring run in the second half to cut the deficit to 30-29 at the 16:47 mark.  Washington then responded with a 33-10 run over the next 10:12 to blow the game wide open with a 63-39 lead and 6:35 left to play.  Washington shot 58.8 percent (20-34) from the field in the second half to counter a 55.6 percent (15-27) mark for the Wildcats.


Arizona will next host Oregon State on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.


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