Nov. 2, 2011
TUCSON - Propelled by five players scoring in double digits, University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball picked up an exhibition win over Western State College, 73-56, Wednesday night in McKale Center. Of the 11 players on the UA roster, 10 saw in action in the opening game of the 2011-12 season.
"I wasn't happy with the amount of turnovers, even though we did force 30," head coach Niya Butts said. "We were sloppy at times, and didn't take care of the ball. Scoring was a lot more balanced once we got settled, and I'm happy with the team's effort."
"In the first half, we were gambling on defense and gave up too many easy baskets," Butts said. "At halftime, we made some adjustments on our post defense. We were playing hard but not smart. In the first half, the offense was frantic, and we didn't run our play and make the easy baskets."
Sophomore guard Candice Warthen led the Arizona scorers with 18 points. She also chipped in with three rebounds and an assist. Freshman center Aley Rohde led at the boards with 10 total rebounds, including six offensively. Rohde also had 11 points and four blocks.
"Aley Rohde had a double-double but she could have done a lot better," Butts said. "With a few adjustments, she can be a lot more productive. She has to stop gambling on defense and just stay low and keep her hands high. She did better in the second half and was able to get a few blocks."
Arnold, Barnes, Rohde, Warthen and Whyte got the starting nod for the Wildcats. Junior forward Cheshi Poston had the most minutes off the UA bench with 19. She had five rebounds and two blocks.
Jessica Lankston led the Western State scorers with 13 points and three blocks. The Mountaineers played 13 of their available roster in the 40-minute contest
For its second and final exhibition game, Arizona will face Grand Canyon University at 4 p.m. on Sunday. For tickets to the women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.