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Arizona WBB loses final road game of season to Washington State 72-67

Caitlin Claypool

Bendu Yeaney (23) puts her arm around Shaina Pellington (1) during a match in McKale Center on Thursday, Dec. 9. Arizona played North Dakota State and won 59-47. 

The Arizona women’s basketball team lost in their final road game of the season to Washington State 72-67.

“Credit to Washington State, I thought they came out and really played with a lot of confidence, they shot the ball well. They were extremely comfortable from the get go and they outplayed us,” head coach Adia Barnes said. 

The Wildcats were led by Madison Conner off the bench. Conner scored 15 points while shooting 50% (5/10) from the field and 50% (3/6) from three. The second-highest scorer for Arizona was on the bench as well. Koi Love scored 12 points while shooting 60% (6/10) from the field. 

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It was a tight game through the first half, with Arizona holding a 2-point lead. In the third quarter though, Washington State got going and took a 5-point lead going into the fourth quarter. During the fourth quarter, Arizona and Washington State would trade buckets and Arizona could not gain ground. During the second half, Cate Reese went down with a dislocated shoulder injury. 

“In the final quarter, I don’t want to say we gave up but Washington State punched us in the face. They definitely wanted it more, they kept fighting and I feel like we kept taking those punches without a turnaround,” Sam Thomas said.

Arizona shot the ball at a high clip shooting 47% (26/55) from the field and 41% (7/17) from the three. 

Arizona’s defense gave up a high shooting percentage in the game. Washington State shot the ball 54% (26-48) from the field and 56% (9/16) from the three. The Wildcats did force 17 turnovers which led to 21 points off of turnovers.

On the glass, Arizona was out-rebounded 32-21 in the game. On the offensive glass, Arizona grabbed 9 offensive rebounds which led to 7 second-chance points. 

Arizona is back at home Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. against Pac-12 rival UCLA. 

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