Arizona went on a 24-2 run from the 13:56 to the 5:51 mark in the first half, increasing its lead to 26 points. Louisville responded and ended the first half on an 18-4 run in the last five minutes of the period, but the Wildcats went into the locker room with a 10-point advantage (42-32). Arizona built its lead to 68-42 at the 12:19 mark in the second half after a 19-4 run that spanned nearly four minutes. With almost six minutes remaining in the game, the Wildcats increased their lead to 34 points - their largest of the game. Arizona forced 22 Louisville turnovers and had a team total of 10 steals.
"Well, you look at the score, and you can see that it is a good margin," said Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini. "We played a very scrappy Louisville team. We were scrappy with our rebounding, but I am proud of our team. We need to do a better job in the post and down the stretch. It would make a big difference, and we could be very good."
Freshman forward Veranda James led Arizona with 16 points, seven rebounds, one block, one steal and one assist. James, who played 25 minutes, scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half. Junior guard Tysell Bozeman had 15 points, senior guard Reshea Bristol scored 14, junior center LaKeisha Taylor added 12 and sophomore guard Krista Warren added 10. Bristol also contributed eight rebounds, nine assists and four steals, while Taylor added nine boards.
"She (Reshea Bristol) is a real key, and she is so unselfish. She sees the floor very well, and as our team gets more confidence, she continues to get better," Bonvicini said.
"This was one of her (LaKeisha Taylor) better games," Bonvicini said. "She had 12 points and nine rebounds, so she had a great game. LaKeisha has really been instrumental off the bench."
Louisville's Sara Nord led all scorers and the Cardinals with 19 points.
Arizona hits the road to Puerto Rico this week to participate in the San Juan Shootout on Tuesday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 21, where the Cats will play ninth-ranked Auburn, Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and Nebraska.