Dec. 29, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. - In what was a battle of scoring streaks, an Arizona run in the latter portion of the second half propelled the Wildcats to a 61-52 win over the Washington State Cougars in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action Thursday at the McKale Center.
The loss dropped the Cougars to 6-5 overall and 0-3 in Pac-10 play. Arizona improved to 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
A pair of Cougars registered double-doubles. Kate Benz tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds while Keisha Moore recorded 11 points and 10 boards. Amanda DuRocher also hit double-digits in points for WSU with 11.
Arizona was led by a game-high 18 points from Joy Hollingsworth and 17 points from Ashley Whisonant.
The game featured 12 lead changes, including eight in the second half. The final lead change came in the Wildcats' favor when down 43-40 with 7:36 remaining, Arizona outscored WSU 13-2 to break open the game.
The first half was an exchange of runs between the two teams. WSU claimed the game's first scoring streak at 7-0 to take a 9-4 advantage with 11:41 left in the first half.
Arizona responded with an 8-0 run of its own to reclaim the lead at 14-11 but WSU answered with another 7-0 spurt to go on top 18-14 with 3:45 left in the first half.
The lead was short lived, however, as the Wildcats scored eight of the game's next nine points to go ahead 22-19. That looked to be the halftime score but Nikki Stratton converted a lay-up just prior to the halftime buzzer to cut the Cougars' deficit to one at the break.
WSU began the second half outscoring Arizona 6-2 to open a 27-24 lead nearly three minutes in to the half. WSU would not trail until Hollingsworth was fouled while converting a 3-point attempt with 9:09 remaining. Hollingsworth made good on the free throw and the four-point play gave Arizona a 39-37 lead.
Arizona extended its advantage to 40-37 but six consecutive points by WSU, the first four courtesy of Stratton, returned WSU to the lead at 43-40 with 7:36 left.
Arizona responded with a bucket by Anna Chappell to begin the Wildcats' decisive run. WSU's two points came by the way of a pair of free throws from Benz that gave WSU its final lead of the game at 45-44 with 6:35 remaining. The Wildcats then ran off nine consecutive points to take a lead they would not relinquish the remainder of the game.
WSU returns to action at No. 11 (AP) Arizona State, Saturday, Dec. 31 for a 1 p.m. Pacific Time tip.