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Arizona Blows Out San Diego at McKale Center

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Don't look now! -But, the Arizona Women's basketball team is now 6-1 in the Coach Adia Barnes era.  Yes! The Lady Wildcats won again at McKale Center! Here's highlights from the big game as-seen on KVOA.  

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Arizona (6-1) outscored San Diego 49-26 in the second half, which proved to be more than enough as they defeated San Diego (4-3) by a score of 76-59.

“I thought that we really handled the game plan well,” head coach Adia Barnes said. “We committed too many turnovers, but overall this was a really good win for us. I thought we executed a lot better and we had really good press-breakers when we changed it up. We scored a lot off of it in transition. We made them run with us and I thought we did a really good job of running the ball tonight.”

LaBrittney Jones was stellar as she scored 20 points on 7-11 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds. Jones was also 6-8 from the free throw line and added in two blocks. JaLea Bennett brought her usual energy to the floor off the bench as she scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. Bennett also had a pair of steals and played a career-high 33 minutes.

“In the locker room at halftime, I had to sit and think and get out of myself,” Bennett said. “I was frustrated with how I was playing, so I went in there and asked myself what I could do to help my team in the second half. I needed to focus.”

Breanna Workman was Arizona’s third double-digit scorer as she scored 12 points and had six rebounds off the bench. Lucia Alonso also had a nice night as she dished out a career-high seven assists and only had two turnovers, which ties a season-low.

“We have a lot of versatile 3’s and 4’s, and we can play a lot of different positions,” Workman said. “When I got the ball I was looking to move into things more easily, and if we could exploit mismatches that’s where we needed to go.”

The paint belonged to Arizona as they outrebounded the Toreros 45-31 and had four players with at least six boards. Destiny Graham led the way with eight. Additionally, the Wildcats outscored San Diego 36-18 in the paint.

It was a low scoring first quarter as the two teams combined to score just 18 points with San Diego coming out on top 10-8. The second quarter was much higher scoring, but the Toreros would still be on top as the two teams headed to the locker rooms for halftime. The score at the half was 33-27 San Diego. 23 of San Diego’s 33 first-half points were scored by their bench.

The third quarter was one for the books as the Wildcats scored 33 points in the period, which is the most Arizona has ever scored since women’s college basketball moved to the quarter system. It was complete domination as the Wildcats shot 75% (12-15) and forced the Toreros to shoot 21.4% (3-14). The fourth quarter was pretty even as the Wildcats won by just one, but it was more than enough and gave Arizona their sixth win of the season.

The Wildcats have a bit of a break for finals as their next game isn’t until Tuesday, Dec. 13th against Grambling State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MST in McKale Center.

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