Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Hoops Falls at Colorado, 69-59
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 09, 2012
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Feb. 9, 2012

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TUCSON - In its first trip to Boulder, Colo. for a Pac-12 Conference match-up, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team dropped the game, 69-59, at the hands of the Colorado Buffaloes. Arizona fell to 13-11 overall and 2-10 in league play. Colorado advanced to 16-7 overall and 5-7 in conference action.

"We had a great start offensively but defensively, we still weren't there," head coach Niya Butts said. "We didn't close the game out. We didn't rebound the ball well and they came up with a couple of offensive rebounds in a row. We just didn't respond to it. I think we made this harder than it had to be. We had a lot of careless turnovers and a lot of travels. You just can't do that on the road."

Senior guard Shanita Arnold and sophomore guard Candice Warthen each had 13 points. Arnold also had three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Warthen had three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Junior guard Davellyn Whyte chipped in with 10 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds.

The Cats shot 42 percent from the field (21-50), 52.9 percent from three-point range (9-17) and 100 percent from the free throw line (8-8). Arizona gave up 20 turnovers, leading to 13 CU points. UA lost the battle at the glass, 41-27, and Colorado pulled down 20 offensive rebounds, leading to 21 second-chance points.

Arizona's starting five included Arnold, freshman guard Erin Butler, freshman center Aley Rohde, senior guard Reiko Thomas and Whyte. Warthen had the most minutes off the bench with 29.

For Colorado, junior guard Chucky Jeffery paced all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-16 from the field and 5-of-9 from three-point range. The Buffs shot 41.8 percent from the field (28-67), 32 percent from behind the arc (8-25) and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe (5-7).

Arizona will play next on Sat., Feb. 11, at Utah. Tip time is set for 2 p.m. MT in Salt Lake City.

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