Women's Hoops Falls To Arizona, 65-51
Jan. 29, 2009
SEATTLE - Junior Christina Rozier recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and junior Sami Whitcomb added 14 points, but it wasn't enough for Washington which lost its seventh-straight game, falling 65-51 to Arizona at Bank of America Arena, Thursday.
The Huskies led 30-29 at halftime and then again (40-39) early in the second-half, but Arizona mounted a 13-2 run take a 10-point lead (42-52) with 7:50 remaining. The Huskies countered with a 9-2 spurt - with nine points coming on a trio of three-pointers - to climb to within three (54-51) at the 5:38 mark. But from there Washington was held scoreless and Arizona scored all of its final 11 points from the free-throw line.
The loss dropped Washington to 5-13 overall, 1-7 in Pac-10 play. The win was Arizona's first in league play, as the Wildcats snapped a seven-game losing streak of their own and improved to 8-11 overall, 1-7 in conference action. UW's current seven-game slide is the worst in school history, eclipsing the six-game streak during the 1999-2000 season.
'The way we lost the game is disheartening,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said. 'We looked at our keys for this game and out of the five keys we set we accomplished one.'
Senior forward Amina Njonkou powered the Wildcats with a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Njonkou had a double-double at halftime, recording 12 points and 11 rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Arizona freshman guard Faihza Hill also matched a career-high with 11 points.
Rozier was a bright spot for the Huskies, in addition to her career-highs of 12 points and 11 rebounds, she also dished a career-high five assists and equaled a career-high with four steals. Whitcomb, who scored 10 of her 14 points in the first-half, notched her 10th double-figure scoring effort of the season, including her fifth-straight.
Freshman guard Kristi Kingma, who averaged 22 points in the squad's games in Los Angeles last weekend, was held to six points on a pair of three-pointers.
Arizona won the rebounding battle 47-39, but the Huskies ended up with the advantage on offensive boards (18-14). The Huskies shot just 27.9 percent from the field and 22.6 percent from long range. The Wildcats shot 37.7 percent, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.
The first-half of action saw five lead changes and six ties, with UW's largest advantage a three-point lead (17-14) at 10:24.
Washington continues its season-long four-game homestand entertaining Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 12 p.m. The game will be televised live on FSN.
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