Feb. 6, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior forward Ify Ibekwe reached the 1,000-point mark for her career as Arizona ran away with a 80-50 win over Washington, Saturday afternoon in McKale Center.
Ibekwe became the 16th player in Arizona history to achieve the milestone, draining a 17-foot jumper with 2:20 remaining in the first half. She finished with 17 points for the game, climbing into 15th place on the Arizona all-time scoring list with 1,003 points through 74 career games.
After yielding the first bucket of the game on a short jumper by Sami Whitcomb, Arizona scored 11-straight points over the next four minutes and carried a double-digit lead for the final 30 minutes of the game.
The Arizona defense was energized early on, forcing five turnovers in that 11-0 stretch and 10 in the opening 20 minutes of play. The Cats cashed in 7 points off the Huskies miscues while also tallying six points in transition.
Though Ibekwe looked surprised to hear her achievement announced on the arena loudspeaker, her play early on spoke to the contrary. She connected on 7-of-9 field goal attempts in the first stanza while also snagging 7 rebounds and swiping 3 steals.
The blowout win also saw the resurgence of sophomore guard Brooke Jackson, who broke out of a month-long slump from beyond the arc. After making just 12-of-55 three-point attempts dating back to a loss at Georgia Tech on December 20, Jackson hit her first four attempts from distance and finished with 15 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
For the second-straight game, Arizona dominated the glass to the tune of a 47-27 advantage. The Cats snagged 14 offensive rebounds that led to 10 second-chance points. The Wildcats also limited the Huskies to just 32.8 percent shooting while hitting 28-of-55 (.509) for the game, including a 14-of-23 clip in the second half.
Soana Lucet led all scorers with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Ibekwe added her 14th double-double of the season with 10 boards of her own. Reiko Thomas impressed in her second-straight start, tallying 13 points and 5 rebounds. Despite having just three players off the bench, the Arizona reserves outscored their Washington counterparts, 18-6.
Laura McLellan had 18 points and 6 rebounds for Washington (9-12, 4-7) while Whitcomb tossed in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. However, the rest of the Huskies added just 16 points on 7-of-35 shooting.
Arizona (11-10, 5-6) hits the road next week, starting a two-game road trip with its final visit to famed McArthur Court to take on Oregon this Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. (PT)
Postgame Press Conference