Dec. 14, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. (Dec. 14) - All 12 active Wildcats scored as the University of Arizona (7-2) women's basketball team pounded Texas State (0-6), 94-56, at home on Sunday. The victory, Arizona's sixth in a row overall, extended the Wildcats' record-setting home win streak to 18 games.
Arizona came out of the gates on fire, making each of its first five field goal attempts en route to a 10-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game. The Wildcats then went a little cold, missing five straight shots as Texas State rallied to tie the score at 13-13 with 12:26 to play. The Bobcats hung around for a couple of minutes, then Arizona broke the game open with a 14-1 run that gave them a 29-16 lead with just over six minutes left. By 1:12 on the clock, the Wildcats had pushed their advantage to 18 points (39-21), and they went into halftime leading, 39-23.
After opening the second half with a 12-4 run, Arizona held a 51-27 lead just four minutes into the period. Texas State scored five unanswered points to get back to within 19 (51-32) at 15:24, but that was the closest the Bobcats would come for the rest of the game. With the UA backcourt draining four consecutive 3-pointers, the Wildcats put on a monster 26-9 run over the next seven minutes to lead by 36 (77-41) with 8:06 to play.
Despite having mostly bench players on the floor for the final eight minutes of the game, the Wildcats were able to keep a 30-point advantage or better, including a game-high 39-point (91-52) lead at 1:48. The squads traded points for the remainder of the contest as Arizona cruised to its biggest margin of victory (38 points) since beating Washington State by 46 points (106-60) on Feb. 9, 2002, in Pullman.
"I told our team to stop second-guessing about shooting the three. Once I said that, the basket seemed to open up to the size of a swimming pool, and our shots started going down," said head coach Joan Bonvicini, whose squad drained a season-high-tying eight 3-pointers in the game. "It is nice to see everyone score. We were able to rest our starters by playing our bench. Overall, I was very pleased with our play; we shot better from the field. Our shooting showed great confidence for our team -- we have been working hard on our jumpers."
Wildcat senior guard Aimee Grzyb shot 7-for-14 from the floor, including 5-for-10 from three-point range, on her way to a career-high-tying 19 points. Despite suffering a minor ankle sprain against BYU on Friday night, junior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler was 8-for-13 from the floor and racked up a game-high-tying 19 points. The primary subject of the Texas State defense most of the game, sophomore center Shawntinice Polk still managed 11 points and five rebounds.
Sophomore forward CoCoa Sanford came off the bench for eight rebounds and seven points, while sophomore guard Natalie Jones grabbed a career-high eight boards, tying Sanford for the game high. Freshman wing Rachael Schein tallied seven points, as the Wildcat bench contributed 33 points in the contest.
Next up, Arizona heads for Albuquerque next weekend to take on New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. in "The Pit".