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Wildcats fall in Shootout championship


By Michael Schwartz
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, November 24, 2005

After rolling to a 33-point victory the night before against Furman, the Arizona women’s basketball team fell to Central Connecticut State 69-65 in overtime yesterday in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout.

The Wildcats’ offense was as cold as the weather in Anchorage, as the team shot only 31.5 percent from the field and a frigid 19 percent (4-of-21) from 3-point range. 

“We were flat the whole game,” said Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini. “We didn’t play with the same intensity we had (Tuesday). We just weren’t in sync offensively.  When we’re not able to score, we’re not able to press, and they got confidence.”

After taking a 30-17 halftime lead, the Wildcats were out-rebounded 22-11 in the second half and shot only 30 percent from the field, while allowing the Blue Devils to shoot 54 percent. 

Anchorage native and senior guard Natalie Jones especially struggled, finishing 2-of-14 in her final game back home.   

Still, Arizona led throughout the half, until Central Connecticut tied the score at 55 with nine seconds remaining in the game to force the extra period.

The Blue Devils continued their hot shooting in overtime, out-shooting the Wildcats 67 percent to 25 percent.

“They learned they have to respect every opponent and be intense, more vocal and consistent,” Bonvicini said.

Sophomore guard Ashley Whisonant led Arizona with 18 points, while redshirt junior Joy Hollingsworth scored 14.

Whisonant, Hollingsworth and Jones earned all-tournament team honors despite the loss.

“We’ve got to move on from this,” Bonvicini said. “We know we’re a better team than what we showed. We’ve got to prepare for our game Saturday. It’s a disappointing loss, but there’s a lot of games ahead of us.”

The Wildcats host Utah Saturday night at 7:35 in McKale Center for an FSN Arizona-televised game, at which the first 2,000 fans will receive “Polkey #00” wristbands in tribute of the late Shawntinice Polk.



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