Dec. 18, 2011
"I think this game was a step in the right direction," head coach Niya Butts said. "We had the opportunity to get everyone minutes and to get film on all of our players. We did have some defensive goals that we didn't make. We wanted to hold them to 35 points which was certainly doable. We started fouling and they scored 12 of their 37 points at the line."
Junior guard Davellyn Whyte led all scorers with 16 points. In just 28 minutes of play, she also had eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Arizona also got a double-digit effort from sophomore forward Erica Barnes with her 13 points and seven rebounds.
Senior guard Shanita Arnold handed out a career best 11 assists while giving up just three turnovers. She also had six rebounds, five steals and four points. Arizona outrebounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 50-31, and had 19 assists on 25 field goals. The Wildcats shot 43.9 percent from the field (25-57), 50 percent from behind the arc (8-16) and 52.9 percent from the charity stripe (9-17).
Using their fourth line-up of the season, the starting five for the Wildcats included Barnes, junior guard Lindsey Fearing, freshman center Aley Rohde, senior guard Reiko Thomas and Whyte. Arnold had the most minutes off the bench with 30.
For the Lions, Jenise Gentry was the leading scorer with eight points. Arkansas-Pine Bluff shot 21.2 percent from the field (11-52), 63.2 percent from the free throw line (12-19) and 42.9 percent from three-point range (3-7).
Arizona will play next on Wed., Dec. 21 against New Mexico, at 5 p.m. in McKale Center.