The Arizona women’s basketball team got a big-time win in overtime against AP No.6 Louisville 61-59.
“We just earned some respect today, which is good, I like that. I don’t mind being the underdog, it's pretty fun.” head coach Adia Barnes said.
The Wildcats were led by Cate Reese and Lauren Ware, Reese scored 21 points and shot 50% (6-12) from the field, 60% (3-5) from the 3 and 100% (6-6) from the free-throw line. Ware had a complete game, eight points, 10 rebounds and three blocks on the day. One of Ware’s blocks was during overtime with only 38 seconds remaining, which stopped a Louisville attempt to tie the game.
Arizona shot the ball 36.7% (22-60) from the field and 26.3% (5-19) from beyond the arch. Arizona held Louisville to only 28.6% (16-56) from the field and 18.2% (2-11) from the three. This game was sloppy and had a total of 34 turnovers, 17 from Arizona and 17 from Louisville.
“If I look back on last year, we had a pretty good year. I look back defensively. We are better now. We rotate better and are just a little more consistent and it’s this early. I think we are going to be a better defensive team,” Barnes said.
The game was close throughout and the largest lead of the game was only 7. There were questions on who Arizona would look to in a late-game since Aari McDonald is no longer here. In overtime, Arizona looked to Bendu Yeaney to hit big shots. Bendu hit a big-time 3 and a mid-range jumper to give Arizona the lead late in the game. Yeaney scored five of her 12 in the overtime period.
“I kept shooting, I knew one of them were gonna fall. I kept saying on the bench one of these were gonna fall and when it falls it's gonna be a good one. They backed up and I was like if you back up I’m going to shoot it.” Yeaney said after being asked about her clutch three-pointer in overtime.
Arizona comes home to play Texas Southern on Monday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
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