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012-9-2007 Long Beach State Recap
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/09/2007
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Long Beach , Calif. ?C Freshman Ify Ibekwe had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Arizona ended the game on a 17-4 scoring run to get past Long Beach State, 66-53, on Sunday afternoon in the Walter Pyramid.? The win improves the Wildcats to 4-4 while the 49ers fall to 1-7.

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As a team, Arizona shot 43.3 percent (26-60) from the floor, outrebounded the 49ers 40-38, and tallied a season-high 10 blocked shots, the fourth-highest mark in school history.? The Wildcats also held Long Beach State to 33.9 percent (20-59) shooting and collected eight steals off of 23 49er turnovers.

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Junior Amina Njonkou added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and senior Ashley Whisonant finished with 10 points and six assists.? Sophomore Rheya Neabors tallied nine points and five rebounds, and Ibekwe posted four blocks to go with her double-double.

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Kaiti Oˇ?Brien led Long Beach State with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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Long Beach State hit a three to open the game, but Arizona responded with eight-straight points and went up 20-12 at the 8:55 mark on a trey by Neabors.? The Wildcats headed into the locker room at halftime up 32-25 on 41.2 percent (14-34) shooting from the field, holding the 49ers to a 30 percent (9-30) mark.? Arizona also tallied six steals and six blocks in the first half.

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In the second half, Arizona went up 45-36 on a jumper by Hays at the 11:15 mark, but Long Beach State used a 13-4 run over the next 5:19 to tie the game up at 49-49.? The Wildcats ended the run on a three-point play by Ibekwe which translated into a 9-0 run to give Arizona a 58-49 lead at the 2:36 mark.? Arizona cruised from there down the stretch, sealing the win from the free throw line.

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Arizona will next host Boise State on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.

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