Jan. 29, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Despite a late comeback by the Wildcats, University of Arizona women's basketball dropped a contest, 70-60, at No. 11/10 UCLA on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. The Wildcats fall to 13-7 and 4-5 in Pac-10 play as the Bruins advance to 18-2 overall and 8-1 in Pac-10 action.
"We got man handled at the boards today and that really hurt us," head coach Niya Butts said. "I was pretty happy with the way we play offensively. They had 28 second chance points and we just can't give up opportunities like that. We need to get back the progress we made rebounding earlier in the season and regroup for our next three games at home."
Senior forward Ify Ibekwe was Arizona's leading scorer with 18 points. Sophomore Davellyn Whyte with 14 and junior guard Shanita Arnold with 10 also scored in double digits. Senior forward Soana Lucet led at the glass with eight boards.
Arizona made a late come back and cut UCLA's lead to just seven points with three minutes left to play. Rebounds hindered the Cats against UCLA, as the Bruins pulled down 48 with Arizona grabbing just 24. For the game, the Wildcats shot 43.4 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from behind the three-point arc and 61.5 percent from the charity stripe.
The Wildcats started strong in the first half, shooting 5-of-6 and leading the Bruins, 12-6, early in the first half. Rebounding was the Cats' biggest downfall, with UCLA pulling down 26 total boards, including 16 offensively. Arizona grabbed just eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes of play.
For the Lady Bruins, Jasmine Dixon was the leading scorer with 22 points. Darxia Morris and Atonye Nyingifa also chipped in with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Nyingifa also paced UCLA at the glass with 12 rebounds.
The starting five for Arizona were Arnold, Ibekwe, Lucet, freshman guard Candice Warthen and Whyte. Freshman forward Erica Barnes got the most minutes off the bench with 11. She had one basket and one assist.
The Wildcats will return to the friendly confines of the McKale Center on Thurs., Feb. 3, to face the California Golden Bears at 7 p.m. MT.
Niya Butts postgame at UCLA