Arizona Women's Basketball Wins Second Game Of Italy Tour

May 22, 2001

San Bonifacio, Italy -- With yet another strong showing from itspost players, the University of Arizona women's basketball team defeatedthe San Bonifacio Pakelo club team, 84-70, in San Bonifacio, Italy, onTuesday.

The Cats struggled a bit through the first two quarters, leading by onlyone point (37-36) at halftime. Freshman guard Aimee Grzyb scored 12 ofher 16 points during the first half, including a trio of three-pointers,to keep the Wildcats in the game.

The second half belonged to the UA posts, though, as freshman VerandaJames and junior Elizabeth Pickney combined for 28 points during theperiod to give the Cats a solid win. Up just one point at halftime, theWildcats opened the third quarter with a 13-3 run that pushed their leadout to 11 (50-39).

San Bonifacio never gave up and managed to scrap back to within six points(61-55) at the end of the third quarter. Arizona still had only asix-point lead with 5:49 remaining in the game, then finished the contestwith a 14-6 run to put the game out of reach.

Pickney led all scorers with 25 points, while James had her secondstraight double-double of the tour with 22 points and a game-high 14rebounds to go with four steals. Grzyb contributed five rebounds andthree assists to go with her 16 points, and junior center LaKeisha Tayloradded eight points and nine rebounds.

Freshman guard Candice Allen had eight points, five rebounds, four assistsand three steals. Junior guard Julie Brase tallied six assists, fivepoints and three rebounds.

'This is the first game so far that has tested us. We played anexcellent second half, although I could tell we were tired,' said headcoach Joan Bonvicini.'Our post game really came out in the secondhalf, and we just dominated on the boards. We did an excellent job intransition and reading their defense. We are travelling so much on thistour, we need to remember to be mentally and physically ready. Thesegames are only going to get tougher.'

'They played excellent defense, so I just had to come out and play extraaggressive,' said Pickney. 'This game was much tougher than the last one,and we had to put together a greater defensive effort and execute ourplays.'

The Wildcats spent all day Monday touring the sights of Venice in adrenching downpour, and on Tuesday, they stopped in Verona on their way totheir next destination of Como. On Wednesday, the group will be visitingBellagio, which is considered the most beautiful city in Italy and alsoknown as the best ice cream (gelato) spot in the country. Thursday willsee the team take an excursion to Milan that will include a viewing of theLast Supper painting and a tour of Piazza del Duomo.

The Cats play again on Thursday, May 24, against the Alessandria (a suburbof Milan) club team at 8:45 p.m.

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