The No. 20-ranked Arizona women’s basketball team turned the defense up in the second quarter — holding visiting Monmouth to only three points — and won 86-34 at McKale Center on Monday night.
With 4:06 left in the second quarter, Arizona’s Dominique McBryde went down with what looked like a right ankle injury. She was on crutches after halftime.
If she is out for a while it could be a big loss for UA, which improved to 8-0. The Wildcats led 14-10 after the first quarter but outscored the Hawks 27-3 in the second to take a 41-13 halftime lead.
McBryde was the second player that the Wildcats lost to injury in the first half. Freshman Mara Mote took an awkward step and it looked like she hurt an ankle as well.
Aari McDonald had a team-high 19 points in the win while Cate Reese added 16.
The last time the Wildcats faced Monmouth, coach Adia Barnes was playing. She had 20 points, six rebounds and six steals in UA’s 84-42 win in 1996.