TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women’s basketball team dropped its fifth-straight game, a 64-46 defeat to Oregon State in McKale Center tonight. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 5-11 overall and 1-5 in the Pac-10.
Arizona shot 25 percent from the field, 20 percent from beyond the arc and a season-low 50 percent from the free throw line on the game. Oregon State, meanwhile, connected on 50 percent from the field, 31 percent from downtown and 84 percent from the charity stripe on the game. The Beavers out-rebounded the Wildcats 40 to 38. Arizona won the turnover battle, committing 16 to OSU’s 18.
“This was not a good game for us,” Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. “We didn’t play with the intensity that we should have as a group, and we’re just not shooting with a lot of confidence.”
“We got down and we didn’t have a lot of leadership on the floor, and that’s not to take anything away from Oregon State,” she continued. “They played hard and made their free throws down the stretch.”
After a close start, Arizona took a 10-6 lead on a Hollingsworth three-pointer. After a tie at 14, Oregon State scored four straight points to go up 18-14. The Wildcats tied it at 18, but the Beavers then went on a 6-1 run to take a 24-19 lead. Arizona closed out the half on a 5-2 run to trail 26-24 at the break.
Arizona shot 28 percent from the field, 33 percent from three-point range and just 40 percent from the free throw line on the half. Oregon State connected on 48 percent from the field, 25 percent from downtown and 75 percent from the charity stripe on the half. The Beavers out-rebound the Wildcats 21 to 15 on the half, though Arizona won the turnover battle, eight to 10.
Jones led all players with nine points, followed by Hollingsworth with eight.
After Oregon State went up 30-26 to start the second half, Arizona went on an 8-0 run to take its first lead since (34-30) the 9:23 mark of the first half. The Beavers responded with a 7-2 run to regain the lead, 37-36. Oregon State later scored 11 straight points, holding the Wildcats scoreless for 5:13, to take a 48-38 lead. Both teams traded several baskets before sophomore Jessica Arnold scored four straight points to make it a six-point (52-46) game, but that was as close as Arizona would get as the Beavers went on to the 16-point win.
Arizona hosts Oregon for a noon game this Saturday, Jan. 14. The game will broadcast live to a national audience on FSN.