Jan. 19, 2012
TUCSON –Junior guard Davellyn Whyte’s 32 points weren’t enough Thursday night as the University of Arizona Wildcat women’s basketball team fell to Utah, 65-60, in overtime. Arizona moved to 13-5 overall and 2-4 in Pac-12 play. Utah moved above .500 with an overall record of 9-8 and a conference record of 2-4.
“I’m disappointed,” head coach Niya Butts said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this disappointed as a coach. We allowed the game to slip away. We had a five-point lead, and then let them get a pair of shots. Utah isn’t a rebounding team, but they got 19 offensive rebounds tonight. We only shot 14 free throws, and that tells me we weren’t nearly aggressive enough. We just have to bounce back because we have a game to prepare for on Sunday.”
“We didn’t have any energy,” Butts said. “We didn’t do anything in the first half, but thankfully Utah was shooting as badly as we were. We were capable of playing so much better than we did, but Utah’s players made plays, made the shots they needed to make down the stretch.”
Whyte led all scorers with her 32 points on 10-of-22 from the field and 4-of-10 from behind the arc. She collected her fourth career game with 30 or more points. Her stat line also included five rebounds, one assist and five steals in 44 minutes of play.
Senior guard Shanita Arnold had 15 points on 7-of-16 from the field. She also had five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 44 minutes of play. Freshman center Aley Rohde paced Arizona at the glass with 12 boards.
Arizona shot 39.7 percent from the field (23-58), 35.3 percent from three-point range (6-17) and 57.1 percent from the charity stripe (8-14). The Utes outrebounded the Wildcats, 46-37, including 19 on the offensive end. Utah scored 17 of its points on second chance attempts. Thursday’s game saw five lead changes and nine ties.
The starting five for Arizona included Arnold, sophomore forward Erica Barnes, Rohde, senior guard Reiko Thomas and Whyte. Sophomore guard Candice Warthen, playing in her first game since Dec. 3, 2011, had the most minutes off the bench with 15. She had two rebounds and attempted just one shot.
For Utah, Janita Badon was the leading scorer with 22 points on 8-of-18 from the field. The Utes, with three players scoring in double figures, shot 36.2 percent from the field (25-69), 23.8 percent from three-point range (5-21) and 71.4 percent from the free throw line.
Arizona will play next when its hosts Colorado on Sun., Jan. 22, at 2:30 p.m. MT. Sunday’s game is a White Out in McKale and will air nationally on FSN.