Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women?s Basketball Falls At No. 18 Cal, 65-48
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 31, 2006
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Berkeley, Calif. ?- No. 18-ranked California (10-3, 2-2 Pac-10) used two large scoring runs to earn a 65-48 win over Arizona (6-9, 0-3 Pac-10) on Saturday afternoon in Haas Pavilion.  The loss is Arizona’s fourth straight, and gives the Wildcats their first 0-3 start to the Pac-10 season since 1992-93.


Arizona shot 34.5 percent (19-55) from the field, with Cal finishing at 45.3 percent (24-53).  The Golden Bears out-rebounded the Wildcats 42-27, but Arizona forced 25 Cal turnovers.


“Our confidence is down right now, and it showed in how we played the game today,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said.  “Our post players need to step up and do a better job.  That will take the pressure off of our guards.  We need to get our confidence back, and we will play a lot better.”


Individually for Arizona, junior Ashley Whisonant scored a game-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, and junior Jessica Arnold added 12 points.


Arizona played close with the Golden Bears early, tying the game at 11-11 on a trey by Arnold at the 12:59 mark.  Cal responded with a 16-0 scoring run over the next 7:45 to lead 27-11, as the Wildcats went 0-of-8 from the field with six turnovers during that span.  Arizona outscored Cal 12-8 the rest of the half to trail 35-23 at the break.  The Wildcats shot 33.3 percent (9-27) from the field in the first half, compared to a 50.0 percent (13-26) mark for the Golden Bears.  Cal also out-rebounded Arizona 22-10 in the first half.  Arnold led UA with nine first half points.


The Wildcats opened the second half shooting 2-of-9 from the field with five turnovers, and trailed 49-27 at the 13:43 mark after a 10-0 Cal scoring run. Arizona couldn’t cut into the Cal lead, shooting 35.7 percent (10-28) from the field after halftime.


Arizona will return to Tucson to host Washington on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.

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