Dec. 21, 2010
TUCSON - Behind sophomore Davellyn Whyte's 22 points and senior Ify Ibekwe's 20 points, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team picked up its third-straight win on Tuesday and took down the North Texas Mean Green, 88-73. Arizona moves to 8-2 on the season while North Texas now sits at 3-10 on the season.
"It certainly is good to go into the break with a win but I think we definitely could have played better," head coach Niya Butts said. "We let North Texas hang around, and because they're a team that can score, it's dangerous. It's good that we were making shots but we can't depend on that alone. We're going to be in big trouble if we can't get our defense up and we're not getting baskets."
"We're in the middle of our season right now and I'll give the first half an A, since we're 8-2," Butts said. "I would have liked to be nine and one but I'll take it. We just have to do what we are supposed to do and keep healthy over the break, and we'll be ready to go against Iona. I feel good going into the last non-conference game and then the Pac-10 schedule."
Whyte led the Wildcat scorers with her 22 points. The guard from Phoenix, Ariz. also recorded five rebounds and five steals. Ibekwe picked up her second double-double of the season with her 22 points and 10 rebounds. The forward from Carson, Calif. led Arizona at the glass against North Texas.
"Coach said that we were playing too casual and that some of us looked bored," Davellyn Whyte said. "We had to pick it back up and the intensity came back. It should have stayed up the whole game but we did get the intensity back. We knew we needed the win going into the break. Last year (at this point in the season), we lost to UC-Riverside and we just had a bad feeling for the whole break."
"The past two games we haven't done too well on free throws," Whyte said. "Coach says we went to the line forty-one times today but we only made twenty-five. Those are free points that we have to make. Our defense wasn't all there today. We kept trading baskets when we really needed to work on getting stops especially against a team that is so good at scoring."
For North Texas, Jasmine Godbolt was their leading scorer with 25 points. Denetra Kellum also chipped in with 24 points. Kellum also led the Mean Green at the glass with nine rebounds.
Junior guard Shanita Arnold, Ibekwe, Jackson, Lucet and Whyte got the start for Arizona against the Mean Green. Freshman guard Candice Warthen logged the most minutes off the bench with 20. She chipped in with nine points, five rebounds and three steals.
The Wildcats will return to the McKale Center on Tues., Dec. 28 for a 7 p.m. game with the Iona College Gaels.
Niya Butts postgame North Texas.