UA women come up short in loss to Utah


Junior guard Davellyn Whyte’s 22 points and eight rebounds weren’t enough Saturday as the Arizona women’s basketball team dropped its first Pac-12 appearance at Utah 73-67. Arizona moved to 13-12 overall and 2-11 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while Utah advanced to 12-12 overall and 5-8 in conference action.

Whyte finished 8 for 14 from the field, 4 of 5 from 3 -point range and 2 of 3 from the free-throw line. She also had a

team-high eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in 39 minutes of

action. Sophomore forward Erica Barnes chipped in with 17 points, seven

rebounds and three blocks in her 29 minutes of play. Senior guard

Shanita Arnold had eight points, six assists and five steals in 32

minutes.

“We did a decent job on the boards and we were 7 of 8 from the free-throw line in the first half, but we needed to get more stops,” head coach Niya Butts said. “Hopefully we can move forward and learn from this.

“I did see a little bit better ownership tonight. However, when you’re giving up good position in the paint and allowing consecutive easy baskets, that’s just not going to win basketball games.”
 
Arizona lost the rebounding battle 36-31 but did manage to pull down 13 offensive rebounds to Utah’s seven. The Cats scored 11 second-chance points but had 11 turnovers, although those led to just six Utah points. The Utes gave up 16 turnovers that led to 14 points for Arizona. The Wildcats shot 36.1 percent from the field (22 for 61), 42.9 percent from 3-point range (6 for 14) and 81 percent from the free-throw line (17 for 21).
 
The starting five for Arizona included Arnold, freshman guard Erin Butler, freshman center Aley Rohde, senior guard Reiko Thomas and Whyte. Barnes had the most minutes off the bench with 29.
 
For the Utes, Michelle Plouffe scored a team-high 22 points and added 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Utah shot 48.9 percent from the field (22 for 45), 27.3 percent from behind the arc (3 for 11) and 83.9 percent from the charity stripe (26 for 31).