March 2, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. (Mar. 2) - Scoring only four field goals in the second half, the sixth-seeded University of Arizona women's basketball team was given an early exit from the inaugural State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament by rival and No. 3 seed Arizona State, 66-58, in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday.
Things looked promising for the Wildcats in the first half. The two squads began the contest by exchanging buckets, then Arizona used an 8-0 run to gain an eight-point (14-6) advantage five minutes into the game. ASU responded with a 9-2 spurt that cut the deficit to one (18-17) with 9:06 left in the first. The Wildcats managed to go back up by seven (26-19) three minutes later, only to see the Sun Devils tie the game at 26-all with 3:27 to play in the period. Arizona finished the half on a 10-0 run that gave it a 36-26 lead at halftime. The Cats shot 51.7 percent in the first half to ASU's 30 percent.
Arizona started the second half with three consecutive fouls, enabling the Sun Devils to score five unanswered points to begin the period. An Aimee Grzyb three-pointer, the only one of the contest for the Cats, at 15:40 in the second gave Arizona its last decent lead in the game, at eight points (41-33). Then the Cats went totally cold from the floor.
Over the next eight-plus minutes, Arizona committed five fouls and scored only seven points, while the Sun Devils put up 15 points and tied the game at 48-48 with 7:01 left. The Wildcats scrapped back out to four-point leads twice more in the waning minutes, but their sputtering offense never got back on track, as they made their last field goal of the game with 4:36 to play. Arizona finished the contest by shooting just 4-for-8 from the free throw line and committing eight fouls. The Sun Devils shot 12-for-14 down the stretch to seal the win, all while holding Arizona to a miserable 17.4 percent (4-23) performance from the floor in the second half.
Sophomore guard Candice Allen hit 8-for-10 from the floor on her way to a game-high 19 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Fellow sophomore Aimee Grzyb tallied 15 points, while senior forward Elizabeth Pickney had 10 points and seven rebounds as the only other Wildcat to reach double digits in scoring.
Pickney drained four of her six free throw attempts to tie former Wildcat Adia Barnes (1995-98) as Arizona's career leader in free throws made. Both finished their careers with 472.
Arizona finished the 2001-02 season with a 14-14 overall record, its worst mark since going 11-19 in 1994-95.