Jan. 13, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Six players scored in double digits to fuel Arizona women’s basketball (10-5, 2-2) past Oregon (2-14, 0-4), 100-68 on Sunday afternoon at McKale Center.
Junior Layana White (Lancaster, Calif.) had 16 points, freshman Carissa Crutchfield (Ft. Gibson, Okla.) added 13 each and freshman Nyre Harris (Stockton, Calif.) scored 10.
Crutchfield also dished out a career-high 11 assists for her first double-double of the season.
As a team, Arizona scored its highest point total of the season with 100 points, making it the first time the Wildcats reached 100 points since Dec. 31, 2010.
UA forced 26 Oregon turnovers and held the Ducks to only nine assists, while only committing 10 turnovers of its own.
“There was a ton of urgency coming into the game,” Arizona head coach Niya Butts said. “We know that we are capable of doing anything and we also know that anything can happen. You can start winning a couple games but then you can go on a three game losing streak. They know what we want to do as a team and in order for that to happen, we needed to protect home court.”
In the first half, Arizona shot 58 percent from the three-point line, including 4-of-4 from White. The Wildcats took an 8-7 lead, turned it into a 20-point lead and went into the locker rooms up, 55-34. White scored 14 points, while Gloyd scored 12 and grabbed seven rebounds.
Oregon fought back in the second half, but Arizona was able to maintain its lead and went on a 7-0 run to stretch its lead to, 76-49. The Wildcats did not let up and finished the game, 100-68.
Jillian Alleyne led the Ducks with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Arizona will hit the road again next weekend to take on Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, Jan. 18 and Colorado in Boulder, Colo. on Sunday, Jan. 20.
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Niya Butts Quotes
“Shereen stepped up for us. She gave us seven solid minutes which was huge. She has come a long way since the year started. I couldn’t be happier with her effort.”
On the sense of urgency coming into the game:
“There was a ton of urgency coming into the game. We know that we are capable of doing anything and we also know that anything can happen. You can start winning a couple games but then you can go on a three game losing streak. They know what we want to do as a team and in order for that to happen, we need to protect home court.”
On Layana White:
“Sometimes the basketball gods are on your side and today they were. She definitely sparked us in the first half. Shooting is a confidence thing and she had it today.”
On Alli Gloyd:
“She was very aggressive today. She has gotten her shot blocked a lot this season and we are working on getting her to give a shot fake more. Every time she did today she got to the line and made her free throws. Every time she didn’t give a shot fake, it got blocked. Maybe now she understands where we are coming from.”
Senior guard Davellyn Whyte
On difference between today and Friday:
“The energy level was there. We knew our scouting down to a tee. The tempo they played went in our favor. They played zone and we hit our shots.”
On building off momentum:
“I think the feeling that we had today is a lot better than the one we had on Friday. We’ll take this into practice ready to work and we’re right back in it at 2-2 now.”
On Layana White:
“We were all encouraging her to shoot it and today she connected.”
On scoring 100:
“With the style of play, you’re always going to score a lot. We like the fast tempo. The bigs were scoring inside and the guards were hitting shots outside so I figured we might get [100 points] at the first media timeout.
On distributing the ball
“I know that teams are going to scout me. With Layana on the wing hitting all of those shots it was easy for me to find her with all eyes looking at me. It was easy to find my bigs and guards.”
On Keyahndra Cannon:
“Keyahndra hits jump shots in practice, so we all knew she could do it. Being able to hit those shots in the game helped her confidence. We were all hitting shots, so Carissa [Crutchfield] was able to get assists.”
On urgency for win:
“It was definitely what we wanted. It was a good win for us to defend home court.”
“Over the past couple of games I’ve struggled, but I came out aggressive and matched their energy.”
“I was just confident. Now I just need to stay confident.”
On urgency for win:
“After the loss [on Friday], I feel like we needed more energy and I think that’s what we brought today.”