Nov. 13, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. - The University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team swept its southern swing with a 79-66 win at Georgia State, in Atlanta, on Sunday to go with Friday's 88-46 win at Georgia Southern. The Wildcats move to 2-0 on the season with 49 points from sophomore guard Candice Warthenin the two contests.
"Candice Warthen was hot, shooting the ball really well," head coach Niya Butts said. "She also bailed us out when Davellyn Whytegot into foul trouble in the first half. Davellyn only played six minutes in the first half. Candice stepped up and we know she was capable of a performance like that. We just hope it continues. This was a great team win overall."
Paced by Warthen's 36 points against the Panthers on Sunday, the Wildcats shot 42.3 percent from the field (22-52), 45.0 percent from behind the arc (9-20) and 81.3 percent from the charity stripe (26-32). Warthen was just three points shy of tying Arizona's school record for points in a game (39) and was 11 of 18 from the field with five three pointers. She also had seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Arizona had three players score in double digits with Warthen, 19 from junior guard Davellyn Whyte and 12 from sophomore forward Erica Barnes. Barnes collected her second double-double of the season with her 11 boards. In 39 minutes of play, senior guard Shanita Arnolddished out five assists without giving up a turnover.
Arnold, Barnes, freshman center Aley Rohde, Warthen and Whyte got the starting nod for Arizona. Junior forward Cheshi Postonhad the most minutes off the bench with 27. She had three points and eight rebounds.
Kendra Long was Georgia State's leading scorer with 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Arizona out-rebounded Georgia State, 42-36, with just two ties and two lead changes in the 40 minutes of action.
The Wildcats' home opener is scheduled for Nov. 17 against Wichita State. For tickets to the women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.