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012-15-2007 New Mexico Recap
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/15/2007
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Albuquerque ?C With a squad of eight players, the Arizona womenˇ?s basketball team held New Mexico to 4-of-30 shooting (13.3 percent) in the second half to run away with a 44-36 win over the Lobos on Saturday night in ˇ?The Pitˇ± before 8,813 fans.? The Wildcats improve to 6-4 with their fourth-straight win, while the Lobos fall to 7-3, ending New Mexicoˇ?s 13-game home winning streak.

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ˇ?This was a great team win for us,ˇ± head coach Joan Bonvicini said.? ˇ?For us to come in here with eight players and hold New Mexico to that many points, and to shut them down in the second half just shows how hard our team plays.? I am very proud of how our players played tonight; this is just a great win for us and an incredible effort.ˇ±

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As a team, Arizona shot 36 percent (18-50) from the field, and held New Mexico to a dismal 22.8 percent mark (13-57).? The Wildcats outrebounded the Lobos 44-34, and finished with seven steals off of 15 UNM turnovers.? Arizona also outscored New Mexico 30-14 in the paint.

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Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Amina Njonkou led the team with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and senior Ashley Whisonant finished with eight points and four assists.?

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New Mexico hit a three on its opening possession, but Arizona rallied with five-straight points to take a 5-3 lead on a lay in by Njonkou at the 16:55 mark.? After being tied up at 10-10 at the 11:00 mark, Arizona went on a 7-1 scoring run over the next 5:11 to take a 17-11 lead capped by a jumper by Sarah Hays.? The Wildcats held the Lobos without a field goal for 7:28 until a layup by Brandi Kimble cut the Arizona lead to 17-15 with 4:32 left which helped propel a 13-4 Lobo run to end the half and give New Mexico a 24-21 halftime lead.

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Arizona held New Mexico to a 33.3 percent (9-27) mark from the field, but finished the half going 2-of-10 (20 percent) from the floor for a 36.4 percent (8-22) first half mark.? The Wildcats also outrebounded the Lobos 19-14 in the first half, and were led by Njonkouˇ?s 10 points and seven rebounds.

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Arizona opened the second half on fire, scoring 10-unanswered points to take a 31-24 lead at the 15:10 mark.? The Lobos started the second half shooting 1-of-18 from the field, as Arizona extended its lead to 38-28 on a jumper by Ashley Whisonant at the 9:15 mark.? New Mexico went on to shoot 2-for-23 from the field (9 percent) before scoring four-straight points to cut the Arizona lead to 40-34 with 4:02 left to play.? Tough defense and rebounding kept the Lobos from cutting into the lead anymore down the stretch, as Arizona held New Mexico to just 4-of-30 shooting (13.3 percent) in the second half.

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Arizona will next travel to UW-Green Bay for a game on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. (CST).

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Game Notes: Freshman Ify Ibekwe missed Saturdayˇ?s game against New Mexico after suffering an eye injury during practice on Friday.? Ibekwe was averaging 13.8 points and 10.0 rebounds in the last six games.? Sophomore Rhaya Neabors was reinstated from her indefinite team susupension on Friday and played for the first time in three games.? New Mexico entered the game with a 13-game home winning streak, and owned a 7-0 home mark on the season before Saturday nightˇ?s loss.
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