In what was the penultimate week of games of the fall season, Arizona’s athletics capitalized on its opportunities, with women’s basketball dominating in both games and volleyball split against Cal and Stanford. This week’s campus summary gives a more detailed look at how the week went.
In what was the last proper road trip of the season, Arizona played tough games against the Bay Area schools, but was only able to get one win in the end with a five-set win over Cal.
Led by the strong game of Sofia Maldonado Diazthe Wildcats (15-14, 5-13 Pac-12) were able to overcome two sets to one before eventually coming back and winning the game. Zyonna Enjoyed and Emery Herman were other notables for the Wildcats.
Going into their second game of the week, the Wildcats unfortunately couldn’t transfer the magic to the Stanford game, being swept in three sets and only going over 20 points in one set.
Can’t comprehend Stanford’s strong play Kendall Kippthe Wildcats never found their footing and were forced to play the entire game from behind where their comeback bid fell short.
Player of the Week for the Wildcats goes to Diaz.
In another week of basketball, the Wildcats (4-0) had another clean week, recording wins against both Loyola Marymount and Long Beach State.
The Wildcats went up against an emerging LMU team and were led by the big three of Shaina Pellington (19 points, 3 assists) Kate Reese (15 points, 3 rebounds) and Esmery Martinez (14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists) and outscored LMU by 20 points at halftime, shooting 55% from the field and 50% from three.
Despite a closer second half, the Wildcats were able to generate an even tighter defense and hold LMU at 40% shooting and run away with the game, claiming the 87-51 win.
Facing another Southern California team on Sunday, the Wildcats turned their game against Long Beach State into more of a ball game, but nevertheless pulled off the 86-64 win with each starter scoring double-digit points. Despite the score, Arizona played in a dogfight with the score within one going into halftime.
“I’m pretty happy we had this test,” said the head coach Adia Barnes said. “We were losing a lot. I think we were losing by 15 at one point, right? It felt like 25, but then we found a way to rally and a way to win, so that was positive , but we have to get better on some fundamental things that we are not at all where we need to be right now.”
After a red-hot start to the season so far, West Virginia transfer Martinez continued her strong play, leading all players with 19 points and coming one rebound shy of a double-double.
Handover JadeLoville also had a dominant game with 18 points, while returning starters Pellington (15 points, 6 rebounds) and Reese (14 points, 9 rebounds) seem to have found their groove.
“I didn’t know,” Martinez said with a chuckle as he was close to a double-double. “My teammate told me like Shaina took your rebound.”
The Wildcats will need a few days to rest and recover before heading to San Diego to play in the USD Thanksgiving Classic, where they will be greeted with a game against Cal Baptist on Friday with a tip at 5 p.m. (MST ).