Women's Hoops Falls At Arizona, 72-62
Feb. 28, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior forward/center Laura McLellan led the Huskies with 16 points, but Washington lost hold of a 14-point first-half lead and suffered a 72-62 loss at Arizona in Pac-10 women's basketball action in Tucson, Saturday.
The loss was the third-straight for Washington which fell to 6-21 overall, 2-15 in Pac-10 play. Arizona, playing its regular season home finale, improved to 11-16 and 4-12 in league action.
The Huskies led by as many as 14 points early thanks to a solid first-half effort that included 10 points from McLellan, but Arizona closed out the first 20 minutes with a 9-1 run and chipped away at the advantage after halftime. The Wildcats came back to lead by two (46-44) with 10:29 left in the game and built on the advantage with a 13-2 run that included nine of those points from the free-throw line. Arizona's largest lead was 16 (69-53) at the 2:16 mark.
Joining McLellan in double-figures for Washington was redshirt-freshman center Mackenzie Argens with a career-high 12 points, while junior guard Sami Whitcomb added 11 points. Junior guard Christina Rozier led UW on the boards with eight rebounds.
Freshman guard Courtney Clements led four Arizona players in double-figures with 22 points. Reserves Reiko Thomas and Malia Nahino added 13 points apiece and Ashley Frazier scored 12. Senior forward Amina Njonkou grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for the Wildcats.
Both teams were off to the races early, with Arizona opening the game with a three-pointer from Frazier and UW answering with a three from Whitcomb. Arizona's largest lead of the first-half was four point (9-5) at 15:12, but the Huskies came back with a 7-0 run capped by a three-pointer from freshman guard Nicole Romeo to lead by three (12-9). From there the Huskies would not relinquish their advantage in the opening stanza.
Washington led by as many as 14 points in the first-half thanks to a 16-4 spurt that included 10 points from McLellan. But the Wildcats responded with a 9-1 run of its own to cut the Husky advantage to six points (28-34) at halftime. UW committed just three turnovers in the first half, while outrebounding Arizona 16-12, grabbing nine steals and shooting 46.7 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
UW led by six at halftime (34-28) and Argens sank a pair of free-throws in the opening minutes of the second-half to give UW an eight point lead (36-28), but Arizona responded with a 9-0 run to take a 37-36 advantage at 15:16. From there, the Huskies and Wildcats traded baskets until a three-pointer from Frazier that pushed Arizona ahead, 44-42.
Washington now has just one game on its regular season docket and will travel to the Palouse to take on cross-state rival Washington State on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on FSN Northwest. UW will then head to Los Angeles for the Pac-10 Tournament, March 12-15.