Wildcats Slip Past Stanford

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona's Dee Dee Wheeler scored 14 of her game-high 26 in the second half, hitting 4-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc and nailing down 6-of-6 at the free throw stripe, as Arizona defeated Stanford 79-64 on Thursday night in Tucson.

Arizona (19-7, 12-5 Pac-10) looked good early against Stanford (22-4, 14-3), as freshman center Shawntinice Polk led them to a 37-24 halftime advantage. Polk scored 12 of the Wildcats' first 19 points.

Stanford went cold from outside early on, shooting 11 percent from 3-point range during the opening half.

'Arizona has a great team,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'They played very aggressive and very physical. I hope we play them again next week (in the conference tournament).'

The Cardinal scored the first six points of the second half to slice the advantage to 37-30. But when star forward Nicole Powell exited at the 16:50 mark after tweaking her left ankle, it stopped Stanford's momentum.

Arizona got the lead back into double digits when freshman guard Natalie Jones converted a three-point play to make it 40-30. Stanford was unable to start a run at the lead, as the Wildcats countered every Cardinal basket.

Arizona clinched the victory by knocking down 11 of 12 free throw attempts in the final 1:30.

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