Wildcats Stun No. 8 Bulldogs

Nov 30, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Eighth-ranked Georgia was out of sync and confused byArizona's changing defenses in the Bulldogs' 70-49 loss to the Wildcats onSaturday.

The Bulldogs (2-1) intended to get the ball to low post players Kara Braxtonand Christi Thomas, but Arizona stood ready with different presses and a zonedefense.

Braxton and Thomas finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

'Our players are going to have to find some fight within themselves,' saidGeorgia coach Andy Landers.

Julie Brase led Arizona (2-1) with 16 points, followed by Dee-Dee Wheelerand Krista Warren each with 12 points. Shawntinice Polk had 10 points and 17rebounds.

'We didn't expect to win by this much,' Brase said. 'Georgia is a greatteam. We were successful at getting them out of their post game.'

Georgia's freshmen backcourt was taken to task with presses, double teamsand the zone. The Bulldogs made only 29 percent of their field goals and had 13turnovers as they trailed 41-23 at halftime. Georgia finished with 35-percentshooting and made only two of 10 three-point attempts.

Arizona made 47 percent of its shots and went 6-of-16 in three-pointers.

'I can't explain anything about the loss other than we just did not comeout and have a good showing,' Thomas said. 'We just didn't compete.'

Arizona's guards took advantage with open jumpers from the outside and itsfront line scored inside easily. The Wildcats never let up after building an18-point halftime lead.

The closest Georgia got in the second half came when Mary Beth Lycet andBraxton scored consecutive baskets to reduce the Arizona lead to 43-29.

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