TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Idaho women’s basketball team saw its season end at the University of Arizona on Thursday night, falling to the Wildcats 68-60 in the McKale Center in the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).
Fairfield natives Lizzy and Natalie Klinker struggled to generate much offensively against Arizona, combining to shoot 4 of 10. Lizzy finished with seven points and six rebounds, while Natalie had two points and four rebounds.
Arizona led 19-16 at the end of the first quarter and took a double-digit lead into halftime, 36-26. Idaho trimmed the Wildcats’ lead to 41-39 at the 2:47 mark in the third quarter, but Arizona answered with a 16-0 run to take an 18-point lead before Idaho scored again with 5:51 to play in the game.
Aari McDonald led four Arizona starters in double figures, scoring 18 points. McDonald also had 11 assists.
Taylor Pierce led Idaho with 20 points.
Lizzy (junior) and Natalie (sophomore) should contribute significant minutes next season.