Jan 26, 2003
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 23 points and No. 19 Arizona ended the game on a 9-2 run to defeat Wisconsin 62-55 Sunday.
Arizona (13-5) also got 13 points from Julie Brase and 12 from Natalie Jones.
Stephanie Rich scored 13 points to lead Wisconsin (4-14), which went without a field goal for the final 3:29 of the game.
Brase's 3-pointer with 2:40 left in the game broke a 53-53 tie and gave the Wildcats the lead for good. Wheeler then went 5-of-6 from the free-throw line over the final 2:29 to clinch the victory.
Arizona won despite playing without starter Aimee Grzyb, who averages 12.4
points per game, because of an undisclosed illness. Shawntinice Polk, the
Wildcats' leading scorer and rebounder, finished with just nine points and six
rebounds. Polk didn't start the second half because she felt ill at halftime
and fouled out with 5:41 left.
Wisconsin led much of the game, but Brase, who had three 3-pointers in the game, hit one with 8:01 left to put Arizona ahead 43-42. It was the Wildcats' first lead since midway through the first half.
Wisconsin regained the lead momentarily on Ashley Josephson's 3-pointer, but Arizona's Natalie Jones hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down to put the Wildcats up 47-45.
Wisconsin led 27-23 at the end of a sloppy first half in which the teams combined for 27 turnovers. The Badgers missed eight of their first 10 shots and trailed 10-2 before going on a 17-4 run.
Arizona scored 10 points in the opening 3:22, then scored just 13 the rest of the half.