LaBrittney Jones‘ 23 points weren’t enough for the Arizona Wildcats, who fell 62-58 to North Texas Tuesday afternoon in front of 8,442 fans at McKale Center, a record crowd for a UA women’s game.
“I had to do whatever I can to help my team,” Jones said.
Despite the loss, Arizona head coach Adia Barnes said, “LaBrittney Jones was phenomenal.”
Jones already knows what her team needs to work on going forward.
“We were fouling way too much and giving them way too many free throws,” she said. “Being disciplined and in the right spots on defense will help us a lot in the games to come.”
The Wildcats were down by as many as 12 points but were able to close the gap to four. With a minute remaining, Barnes instructed her team to foul in order to stop the clock. Although Arizona fell short, Jones said she thinks team bonding motivated the others to rally back into the game.
“I think team chemistry and being together a lot (helped),” she said. “We all want to have each other’s back.”
Being a senior, Jones wants to make count her final season count.
“I do not want to have any regrets,” Jones said.
Barnes does not have any regrets about Jones’ performance.
“One on one she was strong and asserted herself,” Barnes said.
Jones wants to continue her level of play in hopes of playing against the nations’ best college teams down the road.
“Our main goal is to go to the postseason,” she said, “and I am trying to do whatever I can to help.”