Women's Basketball Stumbles Against Arizona, 86-65

Jan. 22, 2005

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona proved to have too much fire-power, as the Wildcats ran past Oregon State University, 86-65, in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action.

The Beavers (5-13; 1-8 Pac-10) came out of the gates hot, as junior post Kim Butler buried back-to-back buckets and OSU held a 4-2 advantage. The Wildcats (14-5; 6-3 Pac-10) responded to the OSU start however, matching the Beavers basket for basket.

UA freshman guard Jessica Arnold hit her first of three 3-point field goals in the half at the 17:51 mark to give Arizona the lead for good.

The lopsided first half saw the Wildcats go on a torrid run, scoring 11 straight points in a stretch of 1:30, to grab a 27-8 advantage. With 12 minutes to go in the opening half, UA was shooting 77-percent (10-of-13) while the Beavers were an icy 27-percent (3-for-11) from the field.

Arnold and junior post Shawntinice Polk were a combined 7-for-8 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line to account for 25 of Arizona's 47 first half points.

The Wildcats held a 47-23 advantage at the break.

Oregon State started the second half strong as sophomore guard Melanie Casey buried a 3-pointer and Butler scored six in a row to cut the Arizona lead to 49-32 with 18:02 left, but it was all Arizona from that point on.

'Arizona deserves a lot of credit,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'They're a great team. They can go in to the post and if you defend that, they hurt you from the outside.'

Butler led the Beavers with 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds. Junior guard Anita Rivera posted a season-best 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Casey added a career-high seven points and three rebounds.

All five Wildcat starters reached double figures in scoring, led by Arnold's 21 points.

'We've got to get better at running our offensive sets and sharing the basketball,' said Spoelstra.

The Beavers shot 32-percent for the game while the Wildcats finished with a 52-percent clip. OSU held a 20-12 edge on the offensive glass.

'You've got to give Oregon State credit,' said Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini. 'They could have hung their heads, but they didn't.'

Oregon State returns to Corvallis to open the second half of conference action. The Beavers host University of Southern California at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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