Senior Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.) scored 20 points, but Arizona women’s basketball (11-9, 3-6) fell to Washington (15-5, 7-2), 74-65 on Friday night at the McKale Center.
Whyte’s 10 points put her at 1,909 career points, the third-highest career point total in Wildcat history.
Junior Kama Griffitts (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) added 15 points, while juniorAlli Gloyd(Phoenix, Ariz.) led all players with nine rebounds.
As a team, the Wildcats outrebounded Washington, 46-33 and shot 32 percent from behind the arc, but committed 20 turnovers to the Huskies’ six.
“We didn’t play well defensively at all,” Arizona head coach Niya Butts said. “However, I thought offensively, we scored a little bit better tonight. We were able to make some plays, but we still had a little drought. We just didn’t get stops when we needed to get stops and turned the ball over too much.”
Arizona came out strong in the first half, running out to a 14-8 lead behind to Whyte three-pointers, but the Huskies went on consecutive runs and went into the locker rooms with a 39-30 halftime advantage.
In the second half, Washington extended its lead and led by as many as 17, but the Wildcats responded with a 9-0 run to narrow the score back to within seven. The Huskies would not go away, however, and took the game, 74-65.
Kristi Kingma led the Huskies with 22 points, while Talia Walton had eight rebounds.
The Wildcats will return to McKale on Sunday, Feb. 3 to host Washington State at 2 p.m.
“We’re disappointed in ourselves. I think we could have played harder and better.”
On getting within reach:
“We picked up the energy and came back within six points. Once they hit a shot it was like we broke down. We need to learn from that and not let that defeat us. One shot won’t win the game. We need to make sure we come back and play the best we can.”
On Davellyn White’s quick return from injury:
“She’s tough. I’m not surprised that she came back.”
On holding Jazmine Davis to 13 points:
“I think we were being more physical with her. Granted, she didn’t hit her shots from outside which she usually does, which was good for us. Being physical inside definitely helped.”
On first game back:
“It feels good. I’m glad to be back. It’s a bummer we couldn’t get the win, but it definitely feels good to be back with my team.”
"Our one-on-one defense has to get better. We allowed them to pretty much do what they wanted. They were driving to the basket and running all over us. We have to take pride in our defense and get better at defending one-on-one breakaways."