Jan. 28, 2012
"I thought we played harder today but we still made silly mistakes," head coach Niya Butts said. "We had 23 turnovers and we gave up 16 offensive rebounds and 12 second-chance points. We made poor, poor decisions. We played better down the stretch defensively but we didn't finish our defense. We didn't have that second effort when we needed it and we gave into fatigue. We need to keep fighting. We're not that far away and we have to keep pushing."
"This week of preparation in about us, where we are mentally and physically," Butts said. "We need to stop this before it becomes something bigger than it should be. We have to get back to the basics, clean up our offenses, clean up our defenses. We need to correct our mistakes and we'll be watching a lot of film this week."
Freshman center Aley Rohde paced the Wildcats with 15 points on 5-of-6 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Rohde also had five rebounds, one block and an assist in 29 minutes of play. Junior guard Davellyn Whyte collected her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. In addition to leading UA at the glass, she also had five assists and six steals in 36 minutes of play.
Arizona matched its season high and gave up 23 turnovers, leading to 14 WSU points. The Cats also dropped the battle at the boards, 40-37. UA shot 45.5 percent from the field (25-55), 21.4 percent from the (3-14) and 65.2 percent from the charity stripe (15-23).
The Wildcats' starting five included senior guard Shanita Arnold, junior forward Cheylene Harper, Rohde, senior guard Reiko Thomas and Whyte. Sophomore guard Candice Warthen and junior guard Lindsey Fearing had the most minutes off the bench with 20 each. Both also had eight points.
For Washington State, Jazmine Perkins was the leading scorer with 13 points and she was one of four WSU players to score in double figures. The Cougars shot 42.5 percent from the field (31-73), 42.9 percent from behind the arc (6-14) and 76.9 percent from the free throw line (10-13).
Arizona will return to McKale Center to host California on Thurs., Feb. 2 and Stanford on Sat., Feb. 4.