Taryn Griffey scored 19 points off the bench to lead the Arizona Wildcats (4-1) to a 77-67 victory over the Florida Atlantic Owls (3-4) on Thursday night at McKale Center.
Lucia Alonso had a standout night as she scored a career-high 15 points on 5-6 shooting while dishing out four assists. Alonso also was also 3-4 from downtown.
“I felt very confident with my teammates helping me out with the plays and where I have to go,” Alonso said. “It's easy for me to play with them."
Malena Washington was held scoreless in the first half, but came out on fire in the third quarter as she made all five of her shots and scored all 13 of her points in the third period. LaBrittney Jones reached double digits for the fifth time this season as she scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
The Wildcats had a tough time with FAU’s Sasha Cedeno as she scored 24 points, but they did a good job on everyone else as no other Owl scored more than nine points.
It was another slow start for the Wildcats as Florida Atlantic got off to a quick start as they took a 22-15 lead into the second quarter. However, Arizona would play well in the second quarter as they cut the lead to one as the teams headed to the locker rooms for halftime.
At the half, Arizona was 7-10 from three-point range thanks to three trey balls from both Alonso and Griffey. Both were 3-3 from beyond the arc. Alonso would go on to score all 15 points of her points in the first half.
Arizona had their best quarter in the third period as they outscored the Owls 26-20 behind 11-19 shooting. The Wildcats would hold FAU to just eight points in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.
It’ll be a quick turnaround for Arizona as they hit the road Saturday afternoon to Las Cruces, N.M. to face New Mexico State. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. MST on Sunday, Dec. 4.
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