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Cats Drop Overtime Battle to Cal, 78-74
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/02/2012
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Feb. 2, 2012

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TUCSON - Despite a solid defensive effort and a turnaround offensively in the second half, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team dropped an overtime battle to California, 78-74, at McKale Center on Thursday. The Wildcats fell to 13-9 overall and 2-8 in Pac-12 play. The Golden Bears advanced to 16-6 overall and 7-3 in conference action.

"Obviously it was a tough loss but we played harder than we have the past couple games," Butts said. "We may have given up 20 offensive rebounds but we fought hard, and that's all I can ask for. Our effort was good and we just have to keep fighting. I'm happy that a lot of people stepped up tonight and I really thought we were going to get the win. They may have had size but we were up with two minutes to go, and we had an opportunity to win the game before overtime. It's all about heart. We had that but we need to work on closing out the game."

"At halftime, I asked them what they were going to do now," Butts said. "We wanted to come out fighting in the second half, and we hit first. We held them to about 15 percent shooting for most of the half, and even though they made a comeback, I still saw a lot of good things from our end. We have a lot of things to clean up but I like the effort I saw tonight."

Senior guard Shanita Arnold led the Wildcats with 18 points on 7-of-15 from the field and 4-of-5 from behind the arc. She also had four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 43 minutes of play. Junior guard Davellyn Whyte had 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes of play. Freshman center Aley Rohde collected her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 boards. Sophomore guard Candice Warthen had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes of play.

The Wildcats shot 35.2 percent from the field (25-71), 44.4 percent from three-point range (8-18) and 64 percent from the charity stripe (16-25). UA collected 17 points on 16 Cal turnovers. Arizona gave up 15 turnovers for 15 Golden Bear points. UA collected 42 rebounds from Cal, the most the Golden Bears have given up all season.

For Arizona, the starting five included Arnold, Rohde, senior guard Reiko Thomas, freshman guard Layana White and Whyte. Warthen had the most minutes off the bench with 34.

For the Golden Bears, Reshanda Gray paced the squad with 22 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 30 minutes of play. Cal shot 40 percent from the field (30-75), 18.8 percent from behind the arc (3-16) and 55.6 percent from the free throw line (15-27).

UA will play next on Sat., Feb. 4. The Wildcats will host No. 4/4 Stanford for the Pink Zone Game.

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