Arizona women's basketball: Cats fall in Whyte's home finale, get Utah at conference tourney

2013-03-04T00:00:00Z Arizona women's basketball: Cats fall in Whyte's home finale, get Utah at conference tourneyJason Harris Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

In her final home contest, Arizona guard Davellyn Whyte displayed all the talents that helped her start more games and log more minutes than any player in the program's history.

The senior finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, three steals and all seven of her team's assists on Senior Day, but the Wildcats fell to No. 17 UCLA 68-57 in their last regular-season game before 1,452 fans at McKale Center on Sunday.

"I don't think it's hit me yet that I won't be playing at McKale anymore," Whyte said. "It would have been nice to get the win, but I still feel my team went out there and played hard."

Arizona (12-17, 4-14 Pac-12) will be the No. 11 seed at the Pac-12 tournament in Seattle and will face No. 6 Utah (17-10, 8-12) on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

A combination of the Bruins' size and the Wildcats' struggles from the field proved to be too much as UA was outscored 40-24 in the paint while shooting just 30 percent from the floor.

UCLA's 6-foot-3-inch senior forward Alyssia Brewer led the way with 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting for the Bruins (23-6, 14-4).

"They were too much in the paint for us today," UA coach Niya Butts said. "That's going to be tough to combat every time."

Whyte, UA's second all-time leading scorer, came out on the attack. She hit her first basket, pulled down a pair of rebounds, recorded a steal and chipped in an assist to help Arizona jump out to a 9-2 lead nearly four minutes into the game.

It would be the only time the Wildcats would lead as the Bruins held Whyte without another basket in the first half until the five-minute mark.

UCLA's bench outscored Arizona's 17-3 in the half - 15 of which came from freshman guard Nirra Fields, including a pair of back-to-back three-pointers to give UCLA a 33-27 lead at the break. Fields ended with 21 points.

"We started out really hot and then we settled down and they made a run and we just didn't answer, Butts said. "Fields came in and gave them a lift and made some plays."

Junior forward Alli Gloyd kept the Wildcats in the game with her seven points and seven rebounds at the break. She finished with nine points and eight boards.

Arizona's only other senior, forward Cheshi Poston, gave the Wildcats a spark coming off the bench in the second half with her post play. She scored three points, grabbed two boards and dove for a lose ball, bringing UA within eight points with eight minutes to play.

Poston finished with five points and three boards, but the Cats have now lost 12 of their last 13 games, including four straight.

"One thing we know about March is that anything can happen," Butts said. "Right now we just have to talk about getting better. Where we are today, we have to be better tomorrow."

Pac-12 tournament

• Who: Arizona vs. Utah

• Where: Seattle

• When: 3:30 p.m., Thursday

• TV: Pac-12 Network

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 5 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 4 1 0 0.800
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
USC 0 0 0 0.000 3 3 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 48-85
Auburn at
Oregon State
11/26 71-69
San Diego State at
Arizona
11/26 71-69
Cal Poly at
California
11/26 71-69
San Jose State at
Washington
11/27 71-69
UC-Santa Barbara at
Washington State
11/27 10:00 pm
North Dakota at
Utah
11/28 6:00 pm
Alabama State at
Utah
11/29 12:00 am
Colgate at
Arizona State
11/29 12:00 am
USC at
New Mexico
11/30 2:00 pm
California at
Fresno State
11/30 4:00 pm
Portland State at
Oregon
11/30 6:00 pm
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