Feb. 19, 2004
TUCSON (AP) - Shawntinice Polk had her fifth straight double-double to help Arizona to a 25-point first half lead, resulting in a 77-54 victory over Oregon State at home on Thursday. Polk also registered a game-high four blocked shots to tie former Wildcat Elizabeth Pickney as the school's career leader in blocks, with 147.
The win was Arizona's 26th straight at home, which is tied for the second-longest streak in the country. Texas has the longest with 32 consecutive victories.
Polk finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. She was one rebound shy of reaching the double-double by halftime, when Arizona took advantage of 57 percent shooting to take a 45-20 lead.
Oregon State was hampered by the absence of two starters. Leilani Estavan did not play because of a knee injury. Leading scorer Shannon Howell went to the trainering room early in the second half with a mild concussion, finishing with six points. She was averaging 16 points per game, while Estavan averaged 9.8.
Leading Oregon State (14-10, 8-7) in scoring was Hollye Chapman with 11 points. Mandy Close had 10.
Arizona (19-7, 11-4) eliminated any comeback bid by outscoring Oregon State with a 12-2 run early in the second half. Polk connected inside, Natalie Jones made a lay-up, and Grzyb added a lay-in to pull ahead 60-29.
After a bucket from the Beavers' Jessica Jones, Arizona got a lay-up from Hobson, a short jumper from Wheeler and a pull-up jumper from Katrina Lindner for a 35-point lead with 13:24 left.
As Arizona shot 57 percent from the field on the way to a 25-point halftime advantage, Oregon State managed only seven field goals by intermission, four in the final 14:09.
The Wildcats took advantage of 16 first-half turnovers by the Beavers and turned them into 15 points. Oregon State finished the game with 26 miscues.
Arizona took an 18-11 lead before pulling away with a 9-0 spurt, starting with a three-pointer from Grzyb. Jones added a 10-foot jumper, Lindner hit a baseline shot, and Hobson converted down low for a bucket.
The Wildcats extended their lead with 14 consecutive points minutes later to take a 41-16 edge with 3:28 remaining. Two lay ups by Wheeler sparked the surge, while Grzyb's three-pointer concluded the outburst.