Arizona women’s rally falls short in loss to Washington St.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Freshman guard Charise Holloway went for a career-high 20 points on an efficient 7-of-14 shooting from the field to keep Arizona within striking distance all day, but it wasn’t quite enough, as the Wildcats fell 81-70 to Washington State, Saturday afternoon at McKale Center in both teams’ Pac-12 openers.

Holloway’s 20-point outing goes down as Arizona’s second-highest individual scoring performance of the season, while the four three-point conversions also is a new career-high.

Senior guard Candice Warthen nearly had herself a double-double, as she went for 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals. She’s now scored in double figures in four consecutive contests.

Sophomore forward LaBrittney Jones represented Arizona’s third and final double-digit scorer, as she put in 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while grabbing five rebounds and recording a block. Freshman guard JaLea Bennett also provided a positive spark off the bench, as she went for nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field.

The Arizona (7-5, 0-1 Pac-12) bench outscored the Washington State (10-2, 1-0 Pac-12) reserves 35-9, marking the third time in the last four games the Cats’ bench has outscored the competition’s

The Wildcats outrebounded the Cougars 38-35, as Arizona has now outrebounded its opponent in four of the last five contests.

Arizona’s offense came out ready to play in this one, as it connected on 45 percent of its field goals for the game, including knocking down 14-of-29 second half shots for 48.3 percent.

Washington State connected on 5-of-12 first half three pointers eventually leading to a commanding 34-23 advantage with 4:39 remaining in the first half.

However, Arizona battled back with a quick 7-0 run of its own to make it just a 34-30 deficit with 1:35 left before halftime.

The Wildcats went into the halftime intermission trailing just 37-30 despite Washington State’s 47.1 percent shooting from the field.

The Cougars continued to play well offensively, eventually taking a lead as high as 68-48 with 6:41 left to play, but Arizona fired back.

The Cats launched a furious 14-0 scoring run over the next three-plus minutes, while holding the Cougars to 0-of-7 from the field during that span to come within 68-62 with 3:15 remaining in the game, after Breanna Workman cleaned up a free throw miss.

Unfortunately that’s as close as the Cats would get, as time ran out on Arizona’s rally to snap what was a five-game home win streak.