20070216 Women?s Basketball Knocks Off UCLA, 66-63 - The University of Arizona Official Athletic Site
 
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20070216 Women?s Basketball Knocks Off UCLA, 66-63
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Release: 02/16/2007
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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 w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Los Angeles</SPAN></B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> ?</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Sophomore Malia O&rsquo;Neal posted career highs of 12 points and 11 assists, and came up with a crucial steal at the end of the game to give <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> a 66-63 win over the Bruins on Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The win improves <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to 10-18 overall and 4-12 in the Pac-10, while UCLA falls to 13-14 and 7-8 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;We were determined tonight,&rdquo; head coach Joan Bonvicini said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;We made some mistakes early, but we played hard from beginning to end.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We controlled the majority of the game and controlled the tempo.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This is a great team win, one we can build on.&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"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">O&rsquo;Neal&rsquo;s double-double led the way for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, as she also posted a career-high five rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth added 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field, and junior Ashley Whisonant posted 15 points and five assists off the bench.<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">Senior Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 17 points, five rebounds and five 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"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> shot a season-high 50.0 percent from the field (26-52) in the game, and held UCLA to a 43.6 percent (24-55) shooting percentage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Bruins out-rebounded <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 35-28.<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:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> started the game out hot, hitting three of its first four shots, including a 2-of-3 mark from three point range to take a 8-2 lead at the 17:54 mark. UA went up 15-11 on a three by Jessica Arnold at the 12:46 mark, as the Wildcats started off 6-of-10 from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UCLA took its first lead of the game, 17-15, at the 9:03 mark on a lay in by Chinyere Ibekwe.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><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 w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> scored six-straight points to go up 21-17 on a layup by O&rsquo;Neal with 6:59 left in the first, and extended its lead to 27-21 on a lay in by Hollingsworth at the 5:17 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> finished the half shooting 0-of-7 from the field but held on to lead 32-30 at the half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats shot 41.7 percent (10-24) from the field in the first half, as UCLA shot 41.9 percent (13-31) from the field.<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">Hollingsworth hit a trey and a jumper to give <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> a 37-32 lead at the 17:26 mark of the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UCLA retook the lead at 40-39 at the 13:57 mark on a jumper by Tierra Henderson.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UCLA took a 50-45 lead at the 7:59 mark on a three by Shaina Zaidi, but the Wildcats responded with seven-straight points on a jumper by Arnold to go up 52-50 with 6:08 left in the game. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A three by <st1:City w:st="on">Arnold</st1:City> with 3:46 gave <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> a 60-54 lead.<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">UCLA cut the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> lead to 60-59, but a lay in by Whisonant with 1:23 left put the Wildcats up 62-59.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Rhaya Neabors put in a lay up with 41 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 64-59 advantage.<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 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> leading 64-61 with 28.7 seconds left, Hollingsworth turned the ball over on a five-second inbound violation.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Quinn then hit a jumper with 17.6 seconds left to cut the deficit to 64-63.<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 8.8 seconds, Whisonant missed the first free throw on a one-and-one, UCLA rebounded and pushed the ball up court, but O&rsquo;Neal came up with a steal, and hit two free throws with 0.8 seconds left to ice the win for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>.<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">The Wildcats will next take on USC on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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