TUCSON, AZ – Entering Thursday’s action undefeated, No. 12 Arizona Women’s Basketball (7-1) fell flat against Kansas (8-0), falling 77-50.
Returning to action following their victory over New Mexico over the weekend, the No. 12 Arizona Women’s Basketball team returned home to take on unbeaten Kansas for a marquee, Thursday night matchup.
Taking on a solid opponent in the Jayhawks, the Wildcats were overmatched in this one. Shooting a porous 30.9 percent from the field including 19.0 percent from three in their disappointing 77-50 loss.
Arizona’s Cate Reese and Jade Loville led the way in scoring for the Wildcats, combining for 27 of the Wildcats’ 50 points on 21-68 shooting from the field.
Despite jumping out to an early first-quarter lead, the No. 12 Arizona Women’s Basketball team couldn’t hang on as Kansas dominated in their 27-point win.
Well, Arizona couldn’t stay unbeaten forever, and despite starting the season 7-0 and earning dominant wins over Long Beach State, San Diego, Cal Baptist, and New Mexico among others, Arizona Women’s Basketball came crashing back down to reality on Thursday evening.
Getting off to a solid start in this one, Arizona opened the game on a 9-2 run which eventually paced them to the 17-14 lead after the first quarter. But unfortunately, that would be the highlight for the Wildcats in this one.
Unlike their previous games, the Wildcats were unable to sustain their success.
Opening the second quarter with a three-point lead, Kansas would outscore the Wildcats by a 14-5 margin that gave them a comfortable, 28-22 lead at halftime.
Hoping to get back on track in the second half, the offensive woes would continue for Arizona. Allowing Kansas to dominate the paint, the Jayhawks outscored Arizona 26-11 as their lead ballooned from six to 21 after three-quarters of play.
Looking to salvage this one and make it more competitive, unfortunately, Arizona was unsuccessful as Kansas would maintain its offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter, outpacing the Wildcats 23-17 in the final quarter to come away with the dominant, 77-50 win.
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 7-1 on the season and will resume basketball action next Wednesday when they welcome Texas Southern to town. Tip-off for Wednesday’s game is set for 7:00 PM MST.
Arizona will have to fine-tune some things quickly, especially as a talented Baylor team awaits them in a marquee showdown just days later.