Accuracy rate of 30% leads to loss
Now comes the toughest task this season for the Arizona women’s basketball team.
Its next three games are on the road against nationally ranked Pacific-10 Conference teams.
It would have been nice if Arizona had ended its nonconference season with a victory. But that didn’t happen as the Wildcats lost 69-60 to Fresno State on Monday night before 1,294 fans at McKale Center.
Arizona plays at archrival and 10th-ranked Arizona State on Friday night before going on to face No. 14 Stanford and No. 15 California next week.
The Wildcats return home Jan. 4 against Washington.
The ball wasn’t falling for Arizona on Monday, and the Wildcats shot a season-low 30 percent. Arizona failed to score in the last 4:50 after taking a 60-56 lead.
“We were missing a lot of layups, especially in the first half,” said senior guard Joy Hollingsworth. “Coach (Joan Bonvicini) told us at halftime that we really needed to calm down and make our layups.
“Some of us got frustrated. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to get this thing together, and I know that we will.”
All nine Arizona players who played shot under 50 percent. Arizona converted 23 of 75 attempts from the floor.
“We never got in a rhythm offensively,” Bonvicini said. “We had good shots, but we missed them. We didn’t get offensive rebounds.”
Hollingsworth led the Wildcats with 19 points. Amina Njonkou had 15 points and 13 rebounds.
UA led 29-26 at halftime.
“We didn’t play with that same intensity the second half,” Bonvicini said. “We had a 10-point lead, and they went on a 10-0 run, and we didn’t stop it. We gave them confidence and let them back in the game.”
Arizona (6-6) at No. 10 ASU (10-1)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe