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WBB: Heartbreaking opener

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TUCSON, AZ Four Arizona players posted double-digits, but the Wildcats fell in an 82-75 overtime heartbreaker to Iona at the Iona College Tip-Off Tournament on Friday.

Junior Candice Warthen led UA with 22 points, while also dishing out four assists and recording three steals.

Freshmen Ashley Merrill, LaBrittney Jones and Dejza James made an impressive debut, as Merrill scored 13 points, James had 11 and Jones recorded nine points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

Senior Kama Griffitts also scored in double-digits with 13 points.

Iona led, 35-30 at halftime, but the Wildcats came out and executed a 15-0 run in the second half in a scoring flurry led by six different players. The Gaels went on a run of their own and managed to get within three with 14.4 seconds remaining.

MAAC preseason player of the year Damika Martinez hit a three-pointer with seven seconds left and Arizona could not answer, sending the game into overtime.

"Obviously, it was a disappointing loss," Arizona head coach Niya Butts said. "We took control in the second half and we did a lot of good things to get that lead, but put them on the foul line and they didn't miss. We didn't hit anything down the stretch from the foul line and they hit a really tough shot at the end to send it into overtime."

It was all Iona in overtime, as the momentum shifted and the Gaels outscored the Wildcats 14-7 to win the game.

Martinez and Joy Adams led Iona, who scored 35 and 22 points, respectively. The Gaels were 20-of-24 (83 percent) from the free throw line.

Arizona will have a quick turnaround and be back in action versus Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. ET.

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