Cougars Clip Cats, 63-56
Feb. 26, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Visiting Washington State completed a season sweep of Arizona after posting a 63-56 win over the Wildcats, Thursday evening in McKale Center.
Arizona played the game without leading scorer Ify Ibekwe, who suffered a left knee injury in practice early this week and was unable to compete. Despite getting a combined 27 points from the frontcourt tandem of Beatrice Bofia and Amina Njonkou, the Wildcats could not overcome another second half drought.
The Cougars used a 13-3 second half run over 3:53 to stretch a one-point lead into double digits after Ashley Frazier had brought the teams level with a fastbreak lay-up with 12:26 to play.
Lexie Pettersen came off the bench to score the first half of the points in that spurt, draining a three-pointer from the corner before adding a short jumper. Jazmine Perkins and Katie Appleton added back-to-back treys to furnish a 51-41 advantage.
A cold-shooting Arizona team that shot just 10-of-28 (.357) found things increasingly difficult in the second half as they connected on only 9-of-36 (.250) attempts. The Cats misfired on all 10 three-point attempts after the break and finished 2-for-18 (.111) for the game.
The two teams traded baskets through much of the first half before the Cougars finished the half with a three-point cushion. Following a free throw by Bofia, the Cougars scored six-straight points thanks to baskets by Heather Molzen, Danielle LeNoir and April Cook, respectively.
Despite grabbing one more rebound and making four more free throws than the Cougars, Washington State hit on three more three-pointers and six more total field goals, finishing the game 23-of-57 (.404) from the field.
LeNoir came off the bench and poured in 15 points to lead Washington State (11-16, 4-12) as she hit 9-of-10 free throws, 7-of-8 coming in the second half. Cook and Perkins each added 12 points while all three players had four rebounds. Cook also added five assists.
Njonkou led all scorers with 16 points for the Wildcats. Bofia added 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds while Courtney Clements tossed in 13 points and pulled down seven boards.
Arizona (10-16, 3-12) plays its final home game of the season on Saturday, February 28 against Washington with tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m. Prior to tip-off, Arizona will honor its three seniors playing their final games at McKale Center with the festivities starting at 12:45 p.m.
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