SEATTLE, Wash. – In her final game at Arizona, senior Davellyn Whyte finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but the 11th-seeded Wildcats were eliminated by sixth-seeded Utah 66-48 in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Thursday night.
Whyte finished her standout career at UA with 2,059 points in 126 games. Junior Erica Barnes added nine points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats, who finished 12-18 overall and 4-15 in Pac-12 play.
“Obviously, this is a tough loss,” Arizona coach Niya Butts said. “This was the third time playing Utah this year, and they were able to get the best of us. We just didn’t have enough punch to get it done.”
Utah (18-12, 9-10) shot lights-out in the first half, going 11 for 13 from 3 point range, but Whyte’s 17 points, five assists and four rebounds kept UA in the game with a 43-29 deficit at halftime.
The Utes cooled off in the second half as the Wildcats narrowed the margin to 10 after a 7-0 run, but UA couldn’t close the gap the rest of the way.
Michelle Plouffe led the Utes with 24 points and nine rebounds, although the Wildcats finished with a 36-28 rebounding advantage overall.
“We have a couple of seniors that are going to be moving on,” Butts said. “We wish them well, but outside of that, we just have to go back to the drawing board.”