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20070203 Washington Drops Women?s Basketball, 79-64
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Release: 02/03/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City><st1:place><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Seattle</SPAN></B></st1:place></st1:City><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> ?</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Washington</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> used a 33-10 scoring run in the second half to cruise to a 79-64 win over </SPAN><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> on Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 3,824 in Bank of American Arena.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The loss drops the Wildcats to 8-17 overall and 2-11 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies improve to 14-10 and 7-6 in the Pac-10.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;Both teams struggled early, but we let Washington really dominate the boards in the second half, and once they got into their running game, they got their confidence and took off from there,&rdquo; head coach Joan Bonvicini said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;I like how we fought to the end, but we struggled today in the post.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> shot 40.7 percent (22-54) from the field, compared to a 54.4 percent (31-57) mark for </SPAN><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Washington</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Huskies out-rebounded the Wildcats 36-29, as </SPAN><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> finished with 10 steals and 10 assists.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Individually for </SPAN><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, senior Joy Hollingsworth led the way with a game-high 26 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the field, including 20 points in the second half before a hometown crowd.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Ashley Whisonant added 17 points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> got off to a slow start, going scoreless for the first </SPAN><st1:time Hour="16" Minute="54"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">4:54</SPAN></st1:time><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> of the game while missing its first six shots from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A bucket by senior Linda Pace trimmed the early Husky lead to 5-2, as UW shot 2-of-9 from the field to open the game compared to a 1-of-8 mark for the Wildcats.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Ashley Whisonant connected on back-to-back baskets, as her three gave </SPAN><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> a 7-5 lead at the </SPAN><st1:time Hour="12" Minute="43"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12:43</SPAN></st1:time><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> mark.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">With the game tied at 13-13, Washington used a three-point play by Jill Bell and a trey by Cameo Hicks to take a 19-13 lead with 7:56 left in the first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UW led </SPAN><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> 27-21 at the half, out-shooting the Wildcats 47.8 percent (11-23) to 25.9 percent (7-27).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> used an early 8-0 scoring run in the second half to cut the deficit to 30-29 at the </SPAN><st1:time Hour="16" Minute="47"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">16:47</SPAN></st1:time><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Washington</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> then responded with a 33-10 run over the next </SPAN><st1:time Hour="10" Minute="12"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">10:12</SPAN></st1:time><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> to blow the game wide open with a 63-39 lead and </SPAN><st1:time Hour="18" Minute="35"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">6:35</SPAN></st1:time><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> left to play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Washington</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> shot 58.8 percent (20-34) from the field in the second half to counter a 55.6 percent (15-27) mark for the Wildcats.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State><st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> will next host </SPAN><st1:place><st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Oregon</SPAN></st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceType><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">State</SPAN></st1:PlaceType></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> on Thursday, Feb. 8 at </SPAN><st1:time Hour="19" Minute="0"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">7 p.m.</SPAN></st1:time><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> in </SPAN><st1:place><st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">McKale</SPAN></st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceType><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Center</SPAN></st1:PlaceType></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P> </P>
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