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UA women rip Oregon State

By Bryan Rosenbaum
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 25, 1999
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Sophomore guard Reshea Bristol (10) takes a shot over an Oregon State defender during the game Saturday night at McKale Center. Bristol had 20 points and was 11-of-12 from the free throw line during the Wildcats' 91-60 win over OSU.

Arizona 91 - Oregon St. 60

With so many of its games going down to the wire, the UA women's basketball team needed a game where it could break things open and have some fun.

Against Oregon State on Saturday night, Arizona got it.

The Wildcats set a school record for most free throws made (37) and attempted (46) in the 91-60 victory over OSU at McKale Center. Arizona improved its record to 9-7 overall, 4-3 in the Pacific-10 Conference.

The Beavers fell to 10-7, 2-6.

"We needed to blow someone out," UA head coach Joan Bonvicini said. "The big thing is we forced a lot of action to get to the free throw line, where we did well."

Sophomore guard Reshea Bristol went 11-of-12 from the line in the first half alone, finishing with 20 points. Junior guard Lisa Griffith had 16 points and freshman forward Elizabeth Pickney had 14 points and six rebounds.

"It seemed like they couldn't stop us one-on-one, so we took it to them," Bristol said. "The refs got whistle-happy on us in the second-half. There were a lot of times where they missed a call, but it went both ways."

Bristol's teammates agreed it was about time for the Wildcats to whip up on someone.

"I was talking to (freshman guard) Julie Brase today and we both said that we needed to go out and beat someone up," Griffith said. "We went out and did that today and it felt good."

Arizona was without junior forward Tatum Brown for the third consecutive game because of academics, but redshirt freshman LaKeisha Taylor stepped in and had 10 points and four rebounds.

Freshmen Michelle Mitchell and Jen Callahan got more playing time than usual, and picked up some points and experience in the win. They had four points and three points, respectively.

"It was a great game for LaKeisha Taylor, the best game she's had by far," Bonvicini said. "It was good to get her, Jen and Michelle out there and have them score. It's nice to have everyone in the scoring column."

Oregon State out-rebounded Arizona 36-27, 16-7 on offense.

"The only thing we didn't do well was rebound," Bonvicini said. "We've got to rebound better, that's something we'll work on this week before Stanford."

The win was Bonvicini's 450th career victory and her 125th win at Arizona.

The Wildcats carry a three-game winning streak to the Bay Area next weekend when they face Stanford and California.

"We're getting more cohesive and we're trying to get that killer instinct. A lot of good things happen when you play with confidence," Bonvicini said.

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