TUCSON, AZ – Despite an impressive second-half comeback, Arizona women's basketball (9-5, 1-1) fell to Washington (10-3, 2-0), 76-65, in Seattle on Sunday for its first Pac-12 Conference defeat.
Senior Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.) earned her second-consecutive double-double, this time with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Whyte had 12 points and 11 assists at Washington State on Friday.
Junior Erica Barnes (Sacramento, Calif.) also posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Junior Alli Gloyd (Phoenix, Ariz.) added 11 points for the Wildcats and senior Cheshi Poston (Chicago, Ill.) and junior Kama Griffitts (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) chipped in 10 apiece.
"We weren't very aggressive, offensively," Arizona head coach Niya Butts said. "Once we started being aggressive and attacking the rim, we got to the foul line and we have got to continue to do that."
As a team, Arizona forced 17 Husky turnovers, but struggled from the three-point line and were outrebounded, 49-40. Only Washington's five starting players scored in the game.
Freshman Talia Walton led UW with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Jazmine Davis added 20 points and sophomore Aminah Williams grabbed 17 rebounds.
In the first half, Arizona came out on fire, shooting 64 percent and holding Washington to 38 percent from the field. The Huskies heated up and finished the half outshooting the Wildcats, 42 percent to 40 percent. Every Arizona player scored in the first half, but Poston led the team with six points and four rebounds.
In the second half, Washington was the team to come out on fire, hitting back-to-back three-pointers to ignite an 18-3 lead and creating a 22-point deficit. Arizona fought back and went on consecutive runs of its own behind Whyte's 12 second-half points and narrowed the score to 70-65 with one minute left. The Huskies were 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the final minute and closed out the game and won the thriller, 76-65.
"If we played the whole game like we played the last 12 minutes in the second half, we win the game," Butts said. "But our team fought back. We could have quit and we didn't. And we will continue to fight and we will be ready for our next game."
The Wildcats will return to McKale Center next weekend to host Oregon State and Oregon. The Beavers will be in action on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. and the Ducks on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m.
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