Arizona Women's Basketball Downs UCLA, 77-62
Feb. 14, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. - Riding a 26-4 early second-half run, theUniversity of Arizona women's basketball team (13-12 overall, 9-7 Pac-10)racked up a 77-62 win over UCLA (7-17, 3-12 Pac-10) at home on Thursdaynight. This marks the Cats' first sweep of the Bruins since the 1998 season.
Arizona leapt to a 10-point (16-6) lead in the first six minutes of thegame, which UCLA quickly cut to four at 12:23. The Cats used an 8-0 spurtto regain a 12-point (24-12) advantage midway through the period, but theBruins managed to scrap back to within six (30-24) with 4:26 left in thehalf. Arizona hung on for an eight-point (41-33) lead at halftime.
The Wildcats scored the first nine points of the second half to go up by17 (50-33) in the first three minutes, then completed the run with a 17-4spurt that put them up by 30 (67-37) at 12:11. The Bruins out-scoredArizona, 25-10, over the remainder of the game, but the Cats had builtenough of a cushion to take the victory.
'This was a game where we played brilliantly at times and not sobrilliantly at others,' said head coach Joan Bonvicini. 'At the start ofthe second half was when we were brilliant. Then we let them have a few toomany offensive rebounds toward the end. When we went on our run, we wereplaying well inside and out.'
Four Wildcats reached double digits in scoring, led by senior forwardElizabeth Pickney's 19 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard AimeeGrzyb racked up 16 points, and freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler drained threeof her five 3-point attempts on her way to 14 points and four assists.
Sophomore guard Candice Allen came off the bench for 11 points, threerebounds and a pair of blocks. Seeing her first action since spraining herankle on Jan. 29, junior wing Krista Warren continued to dominate theboards for the Cats, grabbing eight rebounds while contributing four points.
UCLA sophomore forward Whitney Jones shot 6-for-10 from three-point rangeon her way to a career- and game-high 24 points. She also pulled down agame-high 10 rebounds and was the only Bruin to reach double figures inscoring. Junior forward Natalie Jarrett added nine points and six reboundsoff the bench, while freshman center Sissy Pickett had seven points and sixboards.