Arizona Women Survive Late Surge by USC for 75-64 Win
Jan. 15, 2004
TUCSON (AP) -- Arizona's Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 20 points and the Wildcats shot 73 percent in the first half for a 75-64 victory over Southern California (7-7, 4-2) at home on Thursday.
The Wildcats (13-4, 5-1) made 19 of 26 field goals by intermission, had 10 steals and forced USC to 29 percent shooting to build a 46-30 halftime lead.
Arizona didn't seal the game until the final minutes, however. The Wildcats led 69-55 with 5:05 remaining in the game after a Shawntinice Polk lay-in. USC scored nine straight to close to within five with 49 seconds left before the Wildcats sealed the outcome with free throws and a breakaway lay-up by Natalie Jones.
The win was Arizona's 22nd straight at McKale Center, the fourth-longest home court winning streak nationally.
After Murphy connected on a three-pointer with 4:16 remaining in the first half to narrow Arizona's lead to 30-28, the Wildcats scored the final 14 points before the break.
Wheeler scored eight of her 17 first-half points in the late surge. She took advantage of several breakaways as Arizona scored 14 fast break points by halftime.
Arizona's Aimee Grzyb hit a three-pointer and Wheeler had a lay-up early in the second half for its biggest lead at 49-30.