10:00 PM ET, December 27, 2004
SEATTLE (AP) -- Dee-Dee Wheeler scored all of her 18 points in the second half of the Arizona Wildcats' 67-63 victory over Washington in their Pac-10 conference opener.Wheeler has scored in double figures in each of her last 44 games.The Wildcats have won seven of their last eight games and have beaten the Huskies six straight times.Arizona (9-2, 1-0 Pac-10), the highest scoring team in the conference at 76.1 per game, played sloppy on offense and its 17 turnovers kept Washington in the game until the end Monday night.Despite the win, the Wildcats came away from the game limping. After scoring 15 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, Shawntinice Polk left in the final minute of action with an injury to her right knee. Jessica Arnold suffered a shoulder injury in the final minute of the first half and did not return.Washington (4-7, 0-1) has lost 4 in a row. It was led by Cheri Craddock, who scored a career-best 14 points. Kristen O'Neill had 12, and Dominique Banks added 11.After making only two of their first 20 shots from the field, the Huskies found themselves down 17-7 after 11 minutes of action. At halftime, the Wildcats led 27-23.