Jan. 10, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. (Jan. 10) - Racking up its highest point total in four years, the University of Arizona women's basketball team pounded Washington State, 107-57, at home on Thursday night. The win ended a three-game losing skid for the Wildcats, who improved to 6-8 overall and 2-4 in Pac-10 play. Washington State has lost 11 in row and slips to 2-14 overall and 0-6 in conference action.
Arizona, which had been averaging barely 69 points a game, got off to something of a slow start, holding only a 12-4 lead in the first four minutes of the game. Five minutes later, the Cats pushed the lead to 12 (27-15), which Washington State answered with a 7-4 spurt that cut the advantage to nine (31-22) at 7:10. That would be the closest the Cougars would come for the remainder of the game, as Arizona finished the first half on a 15-8 run that gave it a 46-30 lead at the break.
The Cougars scored only eight points in the first seven minutes of the second half, as Arizona stretched the lead to 31 (69-38) at the 12:55 mark. With 4:52 left in the game, junior wing Krista Warren connected on a layup, just two of her career- and game-high 21 points, to give the Wildcats their largest lead of the game at 52 points (96-44).
Every player scored for the UA as the Cats cruised to their biggest victory over a Division I opponent since drilling Cal State Fullerton, 87-33, on Dec. 8, 1995. The 107 points was Arizona's highest offensive output since scoring 107 in a victory over UC Santa Barbara (107-74) on Nov. 23, 1997.
In addition to her career-high 21 points, Wildcat Krista Warren pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, her second double-double of the season and second in as many games. Five other Arizona players reached double digits in scoring. Playing in only her second game since returning from a month of being sidelined by a concussion, sophomore guard Candice Allen was only one point off her career high, scoring 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench and grabbing a season-high seven rebounds.
Freshman guard Robin Roberson added 15 points and a pair of rebounds in just 20 minutes off the bench, and fellow freshman Dee-Dee Wheeler had 15 points to go with a season-high eight assists. Senior forward Elizabeth Pickney contributed 14 points and nine rebounds, and sophomore guard Aimee Grzyb collected 11 points and four assists.
"Tonight's win was a big confidence booster for us," said head coach Joan Bonvicini. "Every time we made a run and came up with a score, we became more confident with our play. Our team looked loose and had fun being out there on the floor. The way we played tonight is the way we are supposed to look every game. It was a good win."
Washington State was paced by seniors Whitney Martindale and Brittney Hawks, with 14 points apiece. Hawks grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, and freshman guard Francine McCurtain added 10 points and five assists.
In the midst of a three-game homestand, Arizona remains at home to face Washington on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. in the McKale Center.