By staff and wire reports
Arizona Daily Wildcat March 3, 1997
Arizona women still winless at WashingtonSEATTLE - New game, same old story.
The Arizona women's basketball team lost, 76-59 to Washington on Saturday, delaying Arizona's first-ever win in Washington until at least next season.
"I'm very disappointed," UA head coach Joan Bonvicini said. "We needed to improve our play and have people step (up) and take care of business."
Washington held UA junior Adia Barnes to nine points on 3 of 15 shooting. With the nine points, however, Barnes became only the 19th member of the "Pac-10 1,500 point club" and the first Arizona player to accomplish the feat. Barnes, who has 1,501 career points, is the Wildcats' top scorer with an average of 19.6 points per game. She only played 20 minutes because of foul trouble on Saturday, fouling out in the final minute of the game.
"It was a great accomplishment for Adia, it just didn't come on a good day," Bonvicini said.
Husky senior Laure Savasta scored eight of her 20 points in the final 4:42 to lead Washington in the comeback.
The Wildcats led 54-50 with 8:02 remaining before the Huskies went on a 26-5 run to finish the game in front of the 4,385 in attendance, which is nearly 3,000 more people than an average draw at McKale Center.
"In the last 10 minutes we couldn't get a good shot or an offensive rebound," Bonvicini said.
Arizona (21-6 overall, 11-5 Pacific 10 Conference) was led by junior Marte Alexander's 17 points. Alexander went down in the final minute after she took an unintentional elbow in the throat that sent her to the floor, and she didn't return. She was reportedly in good condition on the return trip home.
Monika Crank and DeAngela Minter pulled down 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively.
The Wildcats host their final home games this week against No. 3 Stanford Thursday and California on Saturday at McKale Center.