LAIE, Hawai'i - The University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team moved to 7-1 on the season with a 78-61 victory over BYU-Hawai'i on Saturday, the final game of the Hukilau Invitational. UA finished the tournament with a 2-1 record with wins over Syracuse and BYU-H and a loss to BYU.
"I think we took a break without even starting the game today," head coach Niya Butts said. "I expected more from our leadership today. I give a lot of credit to BYU because they followed their game plan and we had some breakdowns. We did have some good things happen and Erica Barnes had a great performance. I know there are a few shots she'd take back and a few more rebounds she could've grabbed but overall it was a solid effort."
Sophomore forward Erica Barnes collected her third double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Her points scored are a career high and she did so on 8-of-13 from the field and 8-of-8 from the free throw line. After a slight draught, sophomore Candice Warthen was back to her usual self with 22 points, six steals, five rebounds and an assist.
The Cats capitalized on solid guard play from senior Shanita Arnold and junior Davellyn Whyte. In 33 minutes of play, Arnold handed out eight assists, committed one turnover, scored six points and grabbed three rebounds. In 25 minutes of play, Whyte dished out seven assists, scored four points, grabbed two steals and did not commit a turnover.
Arizona outrebounded BYU-Hawai'i, 46-42, including pulling down 28 offensive boards. The Cats forced 27 Seasider turnovers and only committed 11 of their own. UA shot 35.9 percent from the field (28-78), 18.5 percent from three-point range (5-27) and 70.8 percent from the charity stripe (17-24).
The Wildcats' starting five included Arnold, Barnes, freshman center Aley Rohde, Warthen and Whyte. Junior forward Cheshi Poston had the most minutes off the bench with 18. She five points, five boards and one block.
The Seasiders were paced by 15 points from Danna Lynn Cooper. BYU-H had four players in double digits as they shot 44.8 percent from the field (26-58), 30.8 percent from three-point range (4-13) and 55.6 percent from the free throw line (5-9).
Arizona will play next on Sun., Dec. 11 vs. Long Beach State at 1 p.m. at McKale Center.