(25) Arizona 76

(3-1, 1-1 away)

BYU 73

(2-1, 2-1 home)

    4:00 PM ET, November 27, 2004

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    #25ARIZ 76 76
    BYU 73 73

    Wheeler leads 'Zona with 19 pts., 8 assists, 4 steals

    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 steals.

    "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 shot off.

    Shawntinice Polk had 14 points and Shannon Hobson added 12 for Arizona (3-1).

    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 break.

    "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.

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