Nov. 30, 2001
Tucson, Ariz. (Nov. 30) - Even with four players reaching double digits in scoring, the Arizona women's basketball team couldn't pull out a win in the first round of the Arizona Basketball Classic at home on Friday night. The Cats fell to Holy Cross, 83-74, and lost for the first time ever in the first round of their own tournament. The loss sends Arizona to 3-2 overall, while the Crusaders improve to 5-1 on the year.
Holy Cross scored the first bucket of the contest just 30 seconds into the game and never trailed at any point thereafter. The Crusaders pushed their lead to nine (16-7) by 15:14, but Arizona used a 12-6 spurt to cut the lead to only three (22-19) six minutes later. Holy Cross answered with a 13-5 run to go ahead by 12 (35-23) and went on to hold a 39-29 lead at halftime.
Arizona opened the second half with an 8-3 spurt, cutting the deficit to five (42-37) at 16:32, but that was the closest the Wildcats would come for the rest of the game. The Crusaders led by as much as 14 late in the game, before Arizona finished the contest by out-scoring Holy Cross, 12-7. Holy Cross did not score a field goal in the final 2:51, instead using a 9-for-14 performance from the free throw line to finish the game.
For the Wildcats, sophomore guard Aimee Grzyb hit 5-for-8 from three-point range en route to a team-high-tying 17 points and was credited with six assists. Senior center LaKeisha Taylor shared the team scoring lead, hitting seven of her nine field goal attempts on her way to 17 points and seven rebounds. Fellow senior Elizabeth Pickney contributed 14 points and seven rebounds, while freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler had 11 points and a pair of rebounds.
Holy Cross was led by freshman guard Maggie Fontana, who ran off a game-high 23 points and collected five rebounds. Junior center Katie O'Keefe had 16 points and six rebounds, and sophomore forward Mary Rose Campbell came off the bench to contribute 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
In game one of the tournament earlier in the evening, 20th-ranked Wisconsin knocked off Pittsburgh, 92-75, to advance to the championship game, where it will face Holy Cross at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. The Wildcats will take on Pittsburgh in the consolation game on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the McKale Center.