Feb. 21, 2004
TUCSON (AP) - Shawntinice Polk became Arizona's all-time blocks leader and scored 23 points in an 84-58 victory over Oregon on Saturday.
The win was also Arizona's 27th straight at home, the second-longest streak in the country. It is the first time in Arizona's history it has gone undefeated at home, posting a 14-0 record in McKale Center this season.
Polk only had one block, but it was enough to move the sophomore past Elizabeth Pickney to become the school's career record holder with 148. She is ninth on the Pac-10 career list.
Polk just missed her sixth straight double-double with 23 points and nine rebounds. Dee-Dee Wheeler finished with 16 points, while Natalie Jones had 14. Shannon Hobson added a season-high 13.
Oregon (12-14, 4-12) was led by the 11 points from Brandi Davis.
Polk's record-setting block came in the first three minutes of the game when Arizona took control. The Wildcats (20-7, 12-4) led 11-0 before Oregon scored its first points with 14:53 remaining.
Arizona took a 43-20 lead into the intermission after Jones hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for the Wildcats' biggest lead of the half.
Wheeler scored seven straight points to give the Wildcats a 58-30 lead with 11:43 left in the game, after making a three-pointer and converting back-to-back steals into lay-ups.
Polk scored five of her points in Arizona's initial run to open the game. Oregon had four turnovers and missed two free throws and its first four shots before Kedzie Gunderson got on the scoreboard.
A three-pointer by Wheeler with eight minutes remaining in the first put Arizona ahead 24-9. Katrina Lindner added a lay-up, and Polk was left alone for another field goal to go up 28-11.