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Wildcats snap road drought

The Arizona women’s basketball team overcame its road struggles and secured its second win in a row after defeating the Washington State Cougars, 78-61, last night in Pullman, Wash.

For the Wildcats, (15-9, 7-7 Pacific 10 Conference) it was their first road win since defeating New Mexico on Dec. 7. With the added momentum from their upset win against ASU last weekend, the team was able to pull away from the Cougars (8-18, 6-8 Pac-10) all night.

The Wildcats got out to a quick jump after the tip, starting the game on a 10-2 run on the back of guard Davellyn Whyte.

Washington State wouldn’t be outdone, as they quickly turned the tables and forced the pressure on Arizona by taking advantage of mistakes and pushing to a 15-14 Cougar advantage with 12:15 left on the clock.

Arizona was down for the rest of the first half, with their closest deficit coming at the halftime buzzer after a free throw, forward Ify Ibekwe put the Wildcats within one point, down 36-35 going into the locker room.

After the break, the two teams kept pace with each other, and the Cougars maintained control leading by a small margin, 48-49 with 11:53 left on the clock.

The Wildcats then found their offensive stride, racing to a 20-5 run over the next six minutes.

Arizona was able to fend off Wazzou for the rest of the game, claiming the victory.

Whyte and Ibekwe continued lead the charge for the Wildcats as they have all season long, each scoring 20 and 23 points respectively.

Ibekwe also secured another double-double, hauling in 13 rebounds.

The Wildcats continue their tour of Washington on Saturday, heading to Seattle to take on the University of Washington Huskies.

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