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20070303 Arizona Tops Oregon State in First Round, 69-54
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Release: 03/03/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">San Jose</SPAN></B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State> ?</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> No. 9 seed <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> used a 12-0 scoring run in the second half to cruise to a 69-54 win over No. 8 seed <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> in the first round of the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament on Friday night in HP Pavilion before 3,503 fans.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Ashley Whisonant scored a career-high 23 points to advance <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to a second round matchup against No. 1 seed and seventh-ranked Stanford on Saturday at 5 p.m.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> finished the game shooting 44.2 percent (23-52) from the field, and out-rebounded the Beavers 35-28.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>OSU shot 38.1 percent (16-42) from the field and committed 29 turnovers.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Senior Joy Hollingsworth scored 13 points, and sophomore Malia O&rsquo;Neal added 10 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sophomore Amina Njonkou finished with nine points and nine rebounds.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Jasmine Smith led <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> with 17 points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> took an early 5-2 lead over the Beavers at the 14:56 mark, as an aggressive Wildcat defense forced eight OSU turnovers in the early minutes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>OSU tied the game at 14-14 on a trey by Ashley Allen, but O&rsquo;Neal answered right back with a jumper just inside the arc to give <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> a 16-14 advantage at the 8:24 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Oregon</SPAN></st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></SPAN></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> took a 17-16 lead at the 7:10 mark on a pair of free throws by Casey Nash.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> went up 27-25 on a layup by Whisonant with 1:59 left in the first, but the Wildcats and the Beavers went into halftime tied up at 29-29.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> shot 37.9 percent (11-29) from the field in the first, led by Whisonant&rsquo;s 11 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>OSU shot 50.0 percent (8-16) in the first, but committed 15 turnovers in a first half that featured 10 ties and seven lead changes.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">OSU took a 33-29 lead at the start of the second half, as <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> opened the half with five-straight turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A lay in by Whisonant at the 12:19 mark gave the Wildcats a 40-39 advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> held a 43-41 lead at the 10:34 mark, but <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> went on a 12-0 run in the next 4:07 to take a commanding 53-43 lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats led by as many as 18 points down the stretch as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> finished the game shooting 2-of-12 from the field.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The win improves <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to 11-20 on the season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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