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W-hoops wins fourth straight

Gordon Bates
Gordon Bates / Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Arizona women’s basketball team extended its win streak to four for the first time since the 1999-2000 season with a 93-54 win over the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in McKale Center Monday.

The Wildcats (4-0) continued their domination at home by forcing the Golden Lions (0-3) to play their up-tempo style all game long.

“”I’m happy with the win, it certainly feels good to be 4-0 at this point,”” head coach Niya Butts said. “”We did a good job for about 30 minutes, but we still haven’t played a complete 40 minutes yet. But our team shared the ball very well today, 30 assists on 37 field goals, that’s pretty good, so we did a good job there.””

Arizona led a relentless charge from the start of the game, running circles around a very winded Pine Bluff squad that eventually paved way for a 31-point Wildcat lead at the halftime buzzer.

“”I think we fed off the kids and their enthusiasm,”” said Arizona guard Brooke Jackson. “”I think we pushed the ball in the first half, and that’s what we wanted to do.””

Throughout the first few contests of the season, the Wildcats have had no trouble scoring, averaging 79 points per game to begin the season.

Along with their ability to put the ball in the basket, the Wildcats’ rebounding has improved, thanks to the continual practice the coaching staff stresses every day.

Arizona has managed to win the rebounding battle in every game since the start of the season.

“”The first half we rebounded like machines, (but in the) second half not so much,”” Butts said. “”We gave up 14 offensive rebounds, we have to certainly do a better job of that going into Cancun.””

The Wildcats will spend Thanksgiving in Cancun, Mexico, preparing for the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic, when they face their toughest opponent yet, the No. 8 Texas A&M Aggies.

“”We’re going have a tough set of games,”” Butts said. “”We can’t have those spells where we just kind of go through the motions.””

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