Arizona Hands Cougars First Pac-10 Defeat

Jan. 11, 2001

TUSCON, Ariz. - LaKeisha Taylor scored 18 points leading a contingent of six Arizona players that scored in double figures as the 22nd ranked Wildcats defeated the Washington State Cougars 97-58 Thursday night at the McKale Center.

The loss dropped the Cougars to 7-6 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10. Arizona improved to 13-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

WSU never led in the game as it could never generate any momentum in the game. Down 7-4 at the 16:38 mark of the first half, Arizona scored six straight points to open up a 13-4 with 15:22 remaining.

The Wildcat runs would only continue as the Cougars did not put together a string of consecutive buckets until the 11:01 mark of the second half.

In the first half, the Cougars struggled from the field, shooting at a 32.3 percent clip (10-of-31). Conversely, Arizona was 19-of-31 from the floor (61.3 percent). For the game WSU shot 21-of-68 (30.9 percent), its worst shooting performance this season.

'I thought the way they shot the ball in the first half really caused us some problems,' said coach Jenny Przekwas. 'Within the half court we just could not find the basket.'

Sarah Barrett led WSU with 11 points and Brittney Hawks recorded her third straight game in double figures with 10 points.

WSU returns to action Saturday, January 13 at Arizona State. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. Pacific.

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