Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
BYU Hands Cats First Loss, 82-73
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 01, 2011
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Dec. 1, 2011

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Laie, HAWAI'I - University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball cut the lead to three with 38 seconds to play but was unable to overcome the Cougars of BYU and took their first loss of the season, 82-73, in the opening game of the Hukilau Invitational. Arizona moved to 5-1 while BYU advanced to 6-2. Hosted by BYU-Hawai'i, the tournament is taking place in Laie at the Cannon Activities Center.

"We didn't do a very good job executing our game plan defensively and you have to give credit to BYU," head coach Niya Butts said. "They really shot the ball well and I think this is the best they've shot all season. I think we played pretty poorly overall. We cut it to three with about a minute to go and we were able to make some plays but couldn't close it out."

Despite scoring just two points and spending most of the first half on the bench because of foul trouble, junior guard Davellyn Whyte was Arizona's leading scorer with 19 points, including three three-point baskets. She also chipped in with three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Arizona also had double-digit scoring performances from sophomore forward Erica Barnes (17), senior guard Shanita Arnold (16) and sophomore guard Candice Warthen (10). Barnes also paced Arizona at the glass with eight boards while Warthen handed out six assists.

The Wildcats had 21 turnovers to BYU's 19 and matched the Cougars in rebounding with 35 each. UA shot 45.8 percent from the field (27-59), 37.5 percent from three-point range (6-16) and 81.3 percent from the charity stripe (13-16).

For the Wildcats, Arnold, Barnes, freshman center Aley Rohde, Warthen and Whyte got the start. Junior forward Cheshi Poston had the most minutes off the bench with 23. She had seven points, five rebounds and an assist.

For the Cougars, Kim Parker was the leading scorer with 25 points on 9-of-15 from the field and 4-of-7 from behind the three-point arc. BYU shot 48.4 percent from the field (30-62), 62.4 percent from three-point range (11-21) and 73.3 percent from the free throw line (11-15).

Next at the Hukilau Invitational, Arizona will face Syracuse, Fri., Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. HT.

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