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W. Hoops Wins Opener vs. Wichita State, 74-60
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 17, 2011
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TUCSON - In a game with three ties and six lead changes, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team came away with a victory in a hard-fought battle over Wichita State, 74-60, at McKale Center on Thursday. Arizona moved to 3-0 on the season and Wichita State fell to 1-2. The Wildcats capitalized on the Shockers' 16 turnovers with 14 points.

"It was good that we got out with the win," head coach Niya Butts said. "Defensively, we didn't play well. I was definitely not happy with our performance. We shot well in the second half, especially Davellyn (Whyte). She made it look easy and I hope she can continue that throughout the season. Taking care of the ball was key. We had only 12 turnovers tonight, which is good. In the second half, we shot a lot better from the free throw line. The first half was really bad but our performance in the second half really sealed it for us."

Sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte led all scorers with 34 points, just six off of breaking her own school record of 39 in a game. She was 11-of-17 from the field, 6-of-8 from behind the arc and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. Her six made three pointers matches her career best. She also had five rebounds, five assists and four steals.

"There's not much more to say about Davellyn," Butts said. "It was a solid performance from a super player and we just need that strength to continue throughout the course of the season."

Sophomore Candice Warthen also continued her hot shooting, scoring 16 points on two treys and seven field goals. She also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior guard Shanita Arnold led Arizona in dishes with six and sophomore forward Erica Barnes paced at the glass with nine rebounds.

Arnold, Barnes, freshman center Aley Rohde, Warthen and Whyte got the starting nod for the Wildcats on Thursday. Junior forward Cheshi Poston had the most minutes off the bench with 23. She had two points, six rebounds and a block. Rohde had seven points, three rebounds, three steals, two blocks and an assist.

Arizona shot 47.2 percent from the field (25-53), 58.8 percent from three-point range (10-17) and 66.7 percent from the free throw line (14-21). The Cats got out-rebounded, 36-33, but made up for it with 10 steals and eight fast break points.

For Wichita State, Chynna Turner paced with 12 points and also pitched in with 10 rebounds, including nine defensive. Of the 10 Shockers who saw action tonight, eight chipped in with points and eight had at least one rebound. Wichita State shot 40.4 percent from the field (23-57), 33.3 percent from behind the arc (5-15) and 60 percent from the charity stripe (9-15).

Arizona will play next on Mon., Nov. 21 at New Mexico State. The contest is set to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. MT and will air live on FSN.

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