TUCSON, AZ - For the third straight game, it was senior guard Candice Warthen who led the way for Arizona, recording a team-high 17 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, as the Wildcats took down UT Martin, 61-56, in their non-conference finale, Monday night inside McKale Center.
For Arizona (7-4), the victory extends its home win streak to five consecutive games, while it notches UA's fifth victory over its last six contests overall.
Warthen has now led the Wildcats in scoring in three straight games and in seven of 11 contests overall, while she also picked up a game-high equaling three assists and team-high tying two steals. Her 17 points came on an efficient 7-of-15 shooting from the field.
Sophomore forward LaBrittney Jones nearly notched her third double-double of the season, as she scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting, while pulling down eight rebounds and collecting a couple of steals in the win.
Sophomore guard Malena Washington continues to impress, as she scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out two assists. Arizona improves to 5-1 in her starts this season.
As she has so many times this year, sophomore forward Dejza James made her presence felt off the bench, as she scored eight points on a near-perfect 4-of-5 shooting from the floor, while grabbing four rebounds and recording a steal.
Arizona outrebounded the Skyhawks (4-9) 45-34, while winning the battle on the offensive glass 21-12. The Cats also outscored UT Martin 10-2 in fast break points, improving to 5-0 on the season when winning that category.
The Wildcats outscored the Skyhawks 34-28 in the paint, while claiming an 18-14 edge in points off of turnovers. In addition, Arizona shot a stellar 85.6 percent from the foul line on the night.
After initially falling behind 2-0 to start the contest, the Wildcats launched a 13-4 run to claim a 13-6 advantage with 12:13 remaining in the first half, after James converted on a layup.
The two squads traded leads nine times in the first half, but it was Arizona who eventually won the first 20 minutes of action, as it took a 34-31 lead into halftime.
The second half was a different story, while UT Martin was able to keep it close, the Wildcats never surrendered the lead, at one point going up by as much as 55-41 with 9:20 remaining, after Alli Gloyd converted down low.
The Skyhawks made a run to eventually cut the Arizona deficit to five points, but it was too little, too late, as the Wildcats hung on to win their non-conference finale.
Arizona will continue its season-long four-game homestand this weekend, as it'll begin Pac-12 play with Washington State, Saturday at noon MST, inside McKale Center.
GAME NOTES: Arizona improves to 4-1 when scoring in the 60s this season…Cats improve to 4-0 against first-time opponents this season…UA finishes December with a 5-1 record….With the win, the Wildcats have now won on every day of the week except Saturday this season….Arizona has clinched a winning non-conference record for the seventh time in the last eight seasons…the Wildcats' five-game home win streak is their longest since 2011-12.