Washington St 57

(5-11, 1-5 Pac-12)

Arizona 59

(7-10, 1-4 Pac-12)

    4:00 PM ET, January 6, 2007

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    WSU 32 2557
    ARIZ 24 3559

    Arizona 59, Washington State 57

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Joy Hollingsworth scored 11 of her 18 points in the second half to lead the Arizona Wildcats to a 59-57 victory over Washington State on Saturday.

    The win allowed Arizona (7-10, 1-4) to avoid a Pac-10 start of 0-5, which would have been the team's worst opening since the 1990-91 season.

    Washington State's Katie Appleton had a career-high 22 points. Marisa Stotler added 10 for the Cougars (5-11, 1-5).

    Amina Njonkou scored 13 points for Arizona, and Ashley Whisonant added 11.

    Washington State built a 27-16 lead with 4:14 remaining in the first half by going on a 10-0 run, sparked by three-pointers from Adriane Ferguson and Amanda DuRocher.

    But Arizona overcame Washington State's 32-24 halftime lead after the Cougars missed its first nine shots and went nearly the first eight minutes after the break without scoring.

    The Wildcats took advantage of the drought by tying the score at 32-32 when Hollingsworth connected inside to cap an 8-0 run.

    The Cougars finally scored on a three-point play from Appleton with 12:18 left in the game.

    Hollingsworth connected on a pair of free throws with 3:19 left to give Arizona a 53-49 edge. Hollingsworth added a reverse lay-in after a short jumper from Whisonant for a 57-51 lead with 2:04 left.

    Arizona missed six straight free throws in the final 20 seconds.

    But Njonkou did connect from the charity stripe with 50 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 59-53 lead. The Cougars crept back with a driving shot from Appleton, and then a lay-in by Nakejia Kelly with 23 seconds remaining.

    But Washington State missed two chances to tie the game in the final 11 seconds after Kelly was blocked and DuRocher shot an air ball with one second remaining.

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