Dec. 2, 2010
RENO, Nev. - Missed opportunities capitalized on by Nevada added up for the Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team on Thursday as the squad fell to the Nevada Wolf Pack, 79-75, in Reno. The Cats sit at 5-2 while the Wolf Pack advance to 6-1.
"We have to give credit to Nevada," head coach Niya Butts said. "They came ready to play and unfortunately we didn't. We didn't run like we normally do and we didn't rebound like we normally do. They are a very tough opponent on the road and they were great shooting the ball. We have to regroup and get ready to play at New Mexico on Tuesday."
Senior Ify Ibekwe led the Arizona scorers with season high 29 points. She also pulled down nine boards and grabbed four steals. Sophomore Davellyn Whyte also chipped in with 16 points and senior Soana Lucet scored 11. Lucet grabbed eight rebounds and freshman Erica Barnes scored eight points and collected seven rebounds.
From the field, Nevada shot 50 percent in the first half, 67.9 percent in the second half and 59.3 percent for the game compared to 29.4 percent, 46.9 percent and 37.9 percent, respectively, from the Cats. For the Wolf Pack, Tahnee Robinson led all scorers with 24 points. At the glass, she pulled down nine rebounds. Nevada had three scorers in double figures. The Wolf Pack out-rebounded the Wildcats, 41-35. Arizona won the turnover battle, 23-14, and scored 24 points off Nevada mistakes.
The first half was a tale of turnovers with Arizona having nine mishaps and 16 for Nevada, including three steals from Whyte. The Wolf Pack won the battle at the glass, out-rebounding the Wildcats, 25-16, while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Arizona came close on a few occasions during the second half cutting the Nevada lead to four with 3:25 to play and then again to three with 1:01 left on the clock. The Cats mounted runs of 10-4 and 6-2 in their favor in the closing minutes of the game.
For the seventh-straight contest, junior Shanita Arnold, Ibekwe, junior Brooke Jackson, Lucet and Whyte got the start for Arizona. For the first time this season, Barnes logged the most minutes of the bench with 18.
The Wildcats will play next at New Mexico on Tues., Dec. 7. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. MT.
Niya Butts postgame at Nevada.