Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
First Half Deficit Too Much for Cats
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 26, 2012
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Jan. 26, 2012

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TUCSON - Down 28 at halftime, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team was unable to mount a comeback and fell to Washington, 77-48, in Seattle on Thursday. UA moved to 13-7 overall and 2-6 in Pac-12 play. UW advanced to 11-7 overall and 3-5 in conference action.

"Washington played a great game," head coach Niya Butts said. "They were shooting the ball really well for the first 15 minutes or so. I think they took our confidence away when they started knocking down shots. We couldn't get anything going offensively, we didn't execute well and we had 23 turnovers. I'm not sure what we had going on tonight but it certainly isn't the way we want to play basketball. We need to find a way to bounce back for our game on Saturday."

Senior guard Shanita Arnold led the Wildcats with 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes of play. Junior guard Davellyn Whyte was the only other UA player in double figures with her 10 points. She also had six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes of play.

The Wildcats shot 30.5 percent from the field (18-59), 21.7 percent from behind the arc (5-23) and 53.8 percent from the charity stripe (7-13). Arizona gave up a season-high 23 turnovers, leading to 28 points for Washington. UA did win the battle at the boards, pulling down 43 rebounds, including 17 offensive grabs, good for 15 second-chance points. UW had just nine turnovers with seven coming in the final 20 minutes.

Arizona's starting five included sophomore forward Erica Barnes, freshman center Aley Rohde, senior guard Reiko Thomas, sophomore guard Candice Warthen and Whyte. Arnold had the most minutes off the bench with 27.

For UW, Jazmine Perkins was the leading scorer with 28 points and was one of four Husky players to score in double figures. The Huskies shot 45.3 percent from the field (29-64), 31.6 percent from three-point range (6-19) and 72.2 percent from the free throw line (13-18).

The Wildcats will play next on Sat., Jan. 28 at Washington State. The game will tip at 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT.

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