Wildcats serve notice

The Arizona Wildcats served notice that they are a team to be contended with. A few days after taking third-ranked LSU to overtime, the Wildcats crushed No. 9 Georgia 70-49.

The Lady Bulldogs had no answer for the up-tempo game of the Wildcats. Arizona ran on every occasion and forced Georgia into a style of play they were not accustomed to.

With Georgia intent on shutting down Shawntinice Polk, the Wildcat guards stepped up and had a field day. Julie Brase led all scorers with 16 points while fellow guard Dee-Dee Wheeler added 12. Polk was also a factor, scoring 10 and ripping down a game-high 17 boards.

Freshman point guard Natale Jones came off the bench in a key role. She played 23 minutes and added eight points and four assists.

Braxton and Thomas led the Bull Dogs with 11 and 10 points, respectively. 

"We didn't expect to win by this much," Brase said. "Georgia is a great team. We were successful at getting them out of their post game."

Arizona started slow, but soon the Wildcats dictated the tempo and went to work. Pushing the ball up the court at every opportunity, the Wildcats scored 12 straight point midway through the first half and soon built a commanding 18-point halftime lead.

The pace of the game kept the Lady Bulldogs off balance. Georgia never got in a rhythm, shooting just 35.2% from the field and 20% behind the arc.

Arizona led by as many as thirty, but Georgia trimmed the lead towards the end as Wildcat coach Joan Bonvicini used a more of her reserves.

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