Dec. 2, 2001
Tucson, Ariz. (Dec. 2) - Two rookies nailed 20 points each for the Arizona women's basketball team in a losing effort against Pittsburgh during the consolation game of the Arizona Basketball Classic on Sunday. The Panthers used a 10-0 run at the end of the game to defeat the Wildcats, 81-80, and improved to 3-3 overall while dropping Arizona to 3-3 on the season.
Pittsburgh jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead, to which Arizona responded with a 19-5 run that gave the Cats a nine-point (21-12) lead at 9:46. The Panthers then scored 10 unanswered points, gaining a one-point (22-21) edge at 7:31. The teams traded buckets for the remainder of the half and were tied, 38-38, at the break.
The Panthers began the second half with an 18-4 run, opening up a 14-point (56-42) lead at 13:51. When Wildcat junior guard Julie Brase was taken off the court on a stretcher at that point in the game, the Cats became inspired and went on a 38-15 run that gave them a nine-point (80-71) advantage with 2:22 left.
Arizona never scored again in the game. Pittsburgh finished the contest with 10 unanswered points, including six from senior forward Bettina Love.
Wildcat freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler went 7-for-9 from the floor on her way to a season highs of 20 points, six rebounds and a game-high six steals. Fellow freshman Robin Roberson came off the bench to knock down her season high of 20 points to go with four steals and three rebounds. Senior forward Elizabeth Pickney registered her first double-double of the season with 15 points, all scored in the second half, and a game-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Aimee Grzyb added 10 points and two rebounds off the bench.
For Pittsburgh, junior guard Brooke Stewart drained five of her team's 10 three-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points and five rebounds. Fellow junior Laine Selwyn added 21 points, six rebounds and a game-high 10 assists. Love and freshman guard Haley Harguth both came off the bench to put up 12 points apiece.
In the championship game, the second contest of the day's doubleheader, Kyle Black scored 26 points to lead 20th-ranked Wisconsin to the tournament title with an 80-71 victory over Holy Cross.
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Dee-Dee Wheeler (Arizona), Brooke Stewart (Pittsburgh), Katie O'Keefe (Holy Cross), Jessie Stomski (Wisconsin) and Tamara Moore (Wisconsin).
TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Kyle Black, Wisconsin