Arizona Women's Basketball

Arizona eclipses 100 points in exhibition rout behind shooting of Loville & Pueyo

Information from the Arizona media-relations department contributed to this report.

Arizona had five players in double-figures in its 104-86 win over Cal State Los Angeles in the Wildcats’ final exhibition Wednesday night at McKale Center.

The Wildcats, who shot 57.9 percent from 3-point range, open their season next Thursday at home against NAU.

An impressive crowd of 6,430 attended Wednesday’s exhibition victory.

Every member of the Wildcats scored in the game, and Jade Loville, Helena Pueyo, Esmery Martinez, Kailyn Gilbert and Lauren Fields each scored in double figures. 

Loville and Gilbert, both double-digit scorers in the squad’s first exhibition last week against West Texas A&M, scored 26 points and 14 points, respectively. Loville’s 26 points came by way of 8-of-11 field goal shooting, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc.

Pueyo made 6-of-8 shots from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range to total 15 points. She also forced five turnovers off steals. The senior additionally made a game-high seven assists.

Martinez picked up a double-double (15 points and 12 rebounds). Seven of the rebounds were on the offensive side. She added three steals.

The Wildcats forced a total of 25 turnovers, 16 of which were steals, and capitalized those efforts into 37 points while also dominating in the paint, outscoring CSLA 46-14.

Maya Nnaji also had three steals.

The Wildcats tallied 46 rebounds, 33 of which came on the defensive end. Freshmen Paris Clark and Nnaji combined for 18 boards.

A concern for Arizona coach Adia Barnes in the previous exhibition against West Texas A&M, won by the Wildcats 86-63, was the defensive shooting percentage. Arizona allowed WTAMU to shoot 44.6 percent from the field, including 46.7 percent from beyond the arc.

CSLA made only 28.8 percent of its shots, 25 percent from 3-point range.

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