College Park, Md. ?- Senior Joy Hollingsworth hit two free throws with 14 seconds left in overtime to give Arizona (2-2) a 59-56 win over TCU (0-3) on Sunday afternoon in the BTI Classic in the Comcast Center, as the game featured 11 lead changes and nine ties.
Hollingsworth led Arizona with 11 points to go with seven rebounds and six steals. Freshman Rhaya Neabors and sophomore Amina Njonkou both added nine points and seven rebounds apiece, and junior Shannon Hobson chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds. Junior Ashley Whisonant posted six points, six rebounds, and five assists.
“This was huge for us to win this game today,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said. “We did a good job today. We kept our cool, and we played a lot smarter in overtime. We rebounded well, and we wanted this win more.”
As a team, the Wildcats shot 23-for-68 (33.8 percent) from the field, and out-rebounded the Lady Frogs 51-41. Arizona was only 3-for-19 from three-point territory, but shot 76.9 percent (10-13) from the free throw line.
Arizona scored 36 points in the paint, compared to just 12 points in the paint for the Lady Frogs.
TCU shot 29.2 percent (19-65) from the field, including an 8-of-29 mark from three-point land. Adrianne Ross led TCU with a game-high 16 points, and Lorie Butler-Rayford finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
TCU jumped out to an early 9-0 lead in the first 4:07 of the game, as Arizona started off 0-for-5 from the field with four turnovers. The Wildcats responded with a 12-4 scoring run over 6:58 midway to cut the deficit to 13-12 on a pair of free throws by Whisonant at the 8:55 mark.
Arizona took its first lead of the game at 17-16 on two free throws by junior Jessica Arnold with 7:48 left to play in the first. Arizona outscored the Lady Frogs 7-2 in the final 5:50 of the half to lead 26-23 at halftime, while shooting 32.3 percent (10-31) from the field.
Arizona took its biggest lead at 34-28 with 15:48 left to play in the second half on a three-point play by junior Suzy Bofia. TCU quickly responded with a 10-1 scoring run in the next 3:57 to go up 38-35.
Arizona held TCU scoreless for 3:38, as a layup by Njonkou put the Wildcats up 42-41 with 7:53 left to play. With the score tied at 49-49 at the 3:51 mark, both teams went scoreless down the stretch until a jumper in the paint by Hollingsworth put Arizona up 51-49 with 47 seconds left. Ross tied the game back up for TCU at 51-51 on a jumper with 31 seconds on the clock. Arizona had a chance to win the game in regulation, but a three by Rhaya Neabors from the left-side of the court went off the rim with seven seconds left, and the game went into extra play.
In overtime, Arizona went up 57-53 with 1:37 left, but a three by TCU’s Ashley Davis with 25 seconds left cut the deficit to 57-56. Whisonant had a chance to put the game away from the free throw line with 22 seconds left, but she missed the first shot on a one-and-one opportunity. TCU’s Helen Roden rebounded the Whisonant miss, but Hollingsworth stole the ball from Roden, drew a foul, and then iced the game with two free throws with 14 seconds left on the clock. TCU had one more chance to tie the game, but a three by Ross went off the rim as time expired.
Arizona will next host NC State on Friday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.