Despite a historic night by senior Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.), the Arizona women's basketball team (12-14, 4-11) fell to Arizona State (12-15, 4-11), 81-77, in double overtime, at McKale Center on Tuesday night.
Despite a historic night by senior Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.), the Arizona women’s basketball team (12-14, 4-11) fell to Arizona State (12-15, 4-11), 81-77, in double overtime, at McKale Center on Tuesday night.
Whyte had 31 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for the program’s first triple-double since its inception.
“It was a great game for her at a statistical standpoint but I’m sure she would rather have a win than a triple-double,” Arizona head coach Niya Butts said. “We can’t say enough about what she did. Obviously, she made plays in there, but as a team we didn’t do what we needed to do, but it’s definitely great for her.”
As a team, the Wildcats outscored ASU in the paint, scored 21 points off of 17 Sun Devil turnovers and scored 14 fast break points to Arizona State’s eight.
ASU started the game with a 4-0 run and followed it up with a 6-0 run to take an eight-point lead early in the first half, but Arizona kept it close throughout. Whyte had 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and one only one turnover, but the Sun Devils went in to the locker room with a 35-31 advantage.
In the second half, the Wildcats erased a five-point deficit and fueled a 9-0 run to take a five-point lead of their own early in the half. Arizona State responded with an 11-0 run of its own to take a six-point lead, but UA would not fold. With 25 seconds left in the game, Arizona had a defensive stop to hold ASU scoreless and put the game into overtime.
The Sun Devils scored the first four points in the first overtime, but the Wildcats responded with a 6-0 run to give UA a two-point advantage. ASU responded, but freshman Keyahndra Cannon (San Diego, Calif.) made two free throws to give Arizona the lead once again. ASU shot back to tie the game at 71 and push the game into double overtime.
In double overtime, the teams traded points, but Arizona State outscored the Wildcats, 4-0 in the final minute and took the game, 81-77.
“This is a tough one to swallow,” Butts said. “We made some plays, but it wasn’t enough to get the win tonight. I give credit to them for playing down the stretch to beat us.”
The Wildcats will look to take revenge on the Sun Devils on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. in Tempe, Ariz.
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Coach Butts Quotes
On getting back into the game after being down:
“You’re never pleased when you don’t win, but we were able to get back into it. We should have been able to make a couple more stops than we did, but we let them have their way with us. We should have more of an effect defensively, but they made a lot of shots on us.”
On getting the first triple-double in Arizona history:
“It’s hard to celebrate that after a loss. The only stat I see right now is the L. Maybe when we go up there and play them again it will happen again, but this is my last chance to play them on that court.”
On the difference between regulation and overtime:
“We just had to tighten up, people were getting tired. We made a lot of mental mistakes; I think they were more physically tired than us. We just have to focus.”
On playing 50 minutes:
“My adrenaline was so high that I didn’t know how many minutes I had under my belt.”