PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Arizona senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler stepped
up when the Wildcats' needed someone to take charge.
Wheeler hit a key jumper with 1:17 remaining to put the No. 25
Wildcats up 74-69, then hit two free throws 23 seconds later to
seal the 76-73 win Saturday over Brigham Young.
Wheeler finished with 19 points, had eight assists and four
"I've always said Dee-Dee's our point guard, and she's a
reflection. Everyone else on the team reflects her," Arizona coach
Joan Bonvicini said. "She played with a great deal of confidence
today, and so did the rest of the team."
He won't get an argument from BYU coach Jeff Judkins. "Wheeler
came in and set the tone. She made some nice drives and hit some
open shots," he said.
The Cougars (2-1) had a chance to tie after Wheeler missed a
pair of free throws with 6.8 seconds left, but BYU couldn't get a
Shawntinice Polk had 14 points and Shannon Hobson added 12 for
Ambrosia Anderson led the Cougars with 17 points and Danielle
Cheesman added 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Wildcats fell behind by nine points early, but Wheeler's 13
first-half points and two 3-pointers in the last minute of the half
from freshman guard Jessica Arnold put the Wildcats up 45-33 at the
"We're a team that struggles on the road," Wheeler said. "We
just needed that run to give us some motivation and encouragement
going into the second half."
Arizona built a 68-58 lead late in the second half, but BYU's
Julie Sullivan hit four free throws and freshman Mallary Gillespie
added five points as the Cougars cut the lead to 72-69 before
Wheeler put the game out of reach.
"In the second half, we let them back in," Bonvicini said.
"We got in foul trouble, and its tough because they put four
players out and only one inside. But we learned from this and we
got a big win on the road.
Arizona went 4-for-10 from 3-point range. The Cougars made
5-of-7 3-pointers to start, but finished 6-of-19.