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Wildcat Women Fall 91-73 at Washington
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 27, 2006
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SEATTLE, Wash. ?- The Arizona women’s basketball team suffered a 91-73 loss to Washington at Bank of America Arena tonight. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 7-13 overall and 3-7 in Pac-10 play.


Both teams shot relatively similarly, as Arizona connected on 50 percent from the field, 43 percent from three-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line on the game. Washington, meanwhile, shot 49 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the charity stripe. However, the Huskies absolutely dominated the glass, 39 to 20, and held Arizona to just three offensive rebounds. It was a season low in rebounding and the largest rebounding deficit of the season for the Wildcats. Arizona also committed 19 turnovers to Washington’s 16.


"We got killed on the boards," Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. "We shot the ball well, we just couldn't grab a rebound. When they caught fire from three-point range in the second half, it took the wind out of our sails."


Sophomore Ashley Whisonant led Arizona with 14 points, followed by sophomore Jessica Arnold with 13. Junior Joy Hollingsworth and senior Natalie Jones finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.


Arizona quickly took a 9-5 lead to start the game, but the Huskies used a 4-0 run to tie it at nine and later took their first lead of the game (13-11) at the 11:44 mark. The Wildcats responded with back-to-back treys and a pair of free throws to take a 19-14 lead. Arizona then went cold, missing four shots and turning the ball over twice, which allowed Washington to take a 21-19 lead.


Arizona tied it at 19 and again at 26, but Washington then used a 6-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at six, 32-26 and went into the locker room at halftime up by eight, 38-30.


Arizona shot 43 percent from the field, 44 percent from three-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line on the half. Washington connected on 42 percent from the field, 25 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the charity stripe. The difference was rebounding as the Huskies doubled up the Wildcats on the boards, 22 to 11.  Arizona also committed nine turnovers to Washington’s seven. Arnold led all players with nine points.


Washington scored the first basket of the second half, but Arizona then went on a 7-0 run to make it a three-point game, 40-37. Arizona later cut it to two (44-42), but the Huskies then exploded with a 16-0 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 18, 60-42. When Jones hit a long ball at the 11:53 mark, it was Arizona’s first basket in almost five minutes.


A pair of Wildcat treys cut it to 12 (60-42), but the Huskies’ Kristen O’Neill made three consecutive three-pointers to put the game out of reach for good and Washington went on to the 18-point win.



Arizona plays at Washington State at 2 p.m. (PST) this Saturday, Jan. 28.

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