Nov. 20, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Arizona women's basketball suffered its first setback of the season after falling to BYU, 62-48 at McKale Center on Tuesday afternoon.
Junior Erica Barnes (Sacramento, Calif.) was a bright spot for the Wildcats, scoring 10 points (4-for-4 from the free throw line), posting four steals and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds.
In the first half, Arizona came out strong, leading by as much as four, but BYU closed the half on a 14-3 run and finished the half with a 28-21 lead.
In the second half, the Cougars continued their scoring surge. The Wildcats were not able to narrow the gap and BYU won the game, 62-48.
"It was certainly a disappointing outcome for us," Arizona head coach Niya Butts said. "We didn't play hard and we didn't do anything defensively that we wanted to do. I couldn't recognize the team on the floor, to be honest with you. We took poor shots, didn't execute, didn't run the floor, and didn't disrupt them defensively. We have to get better and that will start tomorrow."
Jennifer Hamson led BYU with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Arizona will compete in the Junkanoo Jam in Grand Lucayan, Bahamas on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24. They will play UTEP on Friday at 5 p.m. MT and Texas Southern on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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Head Coach Niya Butts
On the game:
"I want to give credit to BYU. They did an excellent job controlling the pace of the game; they executed offensively and pretty much got whatever they wanted. I hope a loss like this helps, because if it doesn't, we're in trouble. Hopefully, we learn from it. I think they understand that they played poorly and didn't represent the brand. This isn't Arizona basketball. This was not what we do everyday in practice. The effort that we put on the floor was embarrassing."
On BYU center Jennifer Hamson:
"Certainly having someone of that size down low helps, but we didn't dictate what they did offensively. If our ball pressure is what it needs to be and we deny one pass away, it's difficult to get the ball to the side. I think some of it is mental too. We see a kid that size come on the floor and we allowed it to affect us."
"She does a good job running the team and bringing some veteran leadership to the team."
On BYU's defense:
"They hedged high on ball screens, which is not a problem; we work on it every day in practice. We seemed to have some difficulty with that. We weren't aggressive and we didn't attack."
On Davellyn Whyte's frustration:
"She was frustrated, but they all were. We have to have someone step up when Davellyn is not clicking on all cylinders. We didn't have that. We weren't together defensively or offensively, and it showed in the final score."
Junior forward Alli Gloyd
On BYU's post player:
"Any time a girl like that is 6-7, it'll be tough. She did a good job playing today. The guards were able to just throw it up to her if they needed to be bailed out, so that was a little frustrating."
Senior guard Davellyn Whyte
On the way the team played:
"We knew coming into the game that they are a good team, and we just weren't prepared mentally and physically. We scouted them well and we had everything that we needed, we just didn't execute."
On what she took away from the game:
"Our defense wasn't good. We played well last game defensively, and we did not play well at all here today. We need to be more consistent on defense the rest of the year."