Arizona Women Come Up Short At Washington, 77-73

Feb. 7, 2002

Seattle, Wash. (Feb. 7) -- A late second-half surge wasn't enough to get the Arizona women's basketball team over the hump as it lost at Washington, 77-73, in Seattle on Thursday. The loss dropped Arizona to 11-12 overall and 7-7 in Pac-10 play, while the Huskies improved to 14-8 overall and 9-4 in conference action.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 7-2 lead in by 17:10, but the Huskies quickly tied up the game 30 seconds later on back-to-back buckets. The game was still tied, standing at 15-15, at the 10:11 mark, then UW scored seven unanswered points to gain a 22-15 edge with just over seven minutes to play in the half. From there on, the Huskies out-scored the Cats, 17-11, to hold a 39-28 lead at halftime.

Washington maintained its double-digit lead through the first five minutes of the second half, then the Cats scored seven points in succession to cut the lead to six (47-41) at 14:52. They fought to within five (57-52) at 11:45, but the Huskies used a 12-4 spurt to push their lead back out to 13 (69-56) with just over six minutes remaining in the game.

The Wildcats were still down by 10 (73-63) with 3:29 left, and the game appeared to be over. That was when Arizona put on a 14-4 surge to pull to within three points (73-70) with just 54 seconds left. After an Arizona timeout, UW ran some time off the clock, then Emily Autrey drove the lane for a layup that gave her team a five-point (75-70) lead with 39 seconds to go.

UA freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler drained a huge three-pointer from the left side with only 30 seconds left, pulling the Cats back to within two, so the Wildcats fouled UW players to stop the clock. The Huskies hit only two of their four free throw attempts down the stretch, but it was enough, as the Cats missed two late three-point attempts and UW hung on for the win.

After a poor 2-for-7 shooting performance in the first half, senior forward Elizabeth Pickney recovered to go 8-for-17 for the contest and score a game-high-tying 22 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Fellow senior LaKeisha Taylor pulled down a career- and game-high 17 rebounds to go with 16 points, and Wheeler finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range as she tallied 17 points and four steals.

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