Wildcats Get Big Win Over Washington

Feb 6, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 25 points, and hit a key 3 tohalt No. 20 Washington's momentum and lead Arizona to a 79-66 victory Thursdaynight.

The Huskies (17-4, 9-3 Pac-10) closed a 17-point second-half deficit to51-45 with 13:01 left following a jumper by Loree Payne. But Arizona (15-6,8-4) responded with a 3-pointer by Wheeler, a layup by Shawntinice Polk and abaseline jumper by Robin Roberson for a 58-45 edge.

Giuliana Mendiola led Washington with 22 points, and Payne added 21.

Arizona went ahead 66-53 by getting the ball inside on a pair of drives byWheeler and layups by CoCoa Sanford and Krista Warren with just over eightminutes remaining to put the game away.

Polk and Warren added with 14 points apiece for Arizona, and Aimee Grzybscored 11.

Washington fell behind 45-30 at halftime. The Huskies' troubles came earlyas Arizona was hot from the perimeter. The Wildcats' Grzyb made two ofArizona's four 3-pointers in a 15-2 run that gave it a 24-10 lead with 13:50left.

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