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01-05-2008 Oregon Recap
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/05/2008
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Eugene , Ore. ?C Arizona fought hard to overcome a slow start and nearly erased a 16-point second half deficit before falling to the Oregon Ducks, 59-53, on Saturday afternoon in McArthur Court.? The Wildcatsˇ? resilient play was sparked by a 15-3 second half scoring run, but the Ducks held off the Arizona rally from the free throw line down the stretch.? Arizona drops to 6-9, 0-4 Pac-10 with its fifth-straight loss, as Oregon improves to 8-6, 2-1 Pac-10.

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Arizona played with a roster of seven players.

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As a team, Arizona shot 32.2 percent (19-59) from the field and outrebounded Oregon 44-39, but finished 12-of-20 (60 percent) from the free throw line.? Oregon finished the game with a 35.6 percent clip (21-59), as the Wildcats held the Ducks to a 21.4 percent mark (6-28) from the field in the second half.

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Individually for the Wildcats, senior Ashley Whisonant finished with a game-high 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and junior Amina Njonkou tallied her fifth double-double in the last six games (seventh of the season) with 11 points and 10 rebounds.? Junior Beatrice Bofia added a career-high 11 points to go with eight rebounds and four blocked shots.

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Tamika Nurse led Oregon with 12 points.

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Arizona opened its first possession of the game with a three by freshman Tasha Dickey, but Oregon responded with nine-unanswered points to go up by six at the 16:52 mark.? The Wildcats started off the game shooting 3-of-15 from the field (20 percent), but were 3-for-3 from three-point range to trail 17-9 with 11:55 on the clock.? Oregon then took a 31-14 advantage after a 7-0 run capped by a layup by Taylor Lilley with 4:47 left in the first.?

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Arizona trailed 36-20 at halftime, shooting 7-of-28 (25 percent) from the field, while Oregon posted a 48.4 percent clip (15-31).

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The Ducks kept their lead at 40-24 in the second half after a layup by Nurse at the 16:29 mark, but Arizona rallied with a 15-3 run over the next nine minutes to cut the deficit to 43-39 with 7:29 left to play.? Arizona held Oregon without a field goal for a span of 9:21 in the second half before a three by Lilley put Oregon back up 46-39 at the 7:08 mark to end Arizonaˇ?s run.

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After trailing 50-41 at the 4:10 mark, the Wildcats kept things tight, cutting the deficit to 50-45 with 3:17 left after two baskets Bofia.? Arizona then cut the Oregon lead down to 52-49 with 2:12 left after a three-point play by Njonkou.? The Wildcats traded baskets with the Ducks down the stretch, and stayed close down 56-53 after a jumper in the paint by Bofia with 1:10 remaining in the game.? Arizona would get no closer than that, as the Ducks halted the Wildcatsˇ? comeback attempt at the free throw line.

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Arizona will next host archrival Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. in McKale Center.

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Game Notes: Sophomore Rheya Neabors returned to action in Saturdayˇ?s game against Oregon after missing Thursdayˇ?s game at Oregon State because of academic responsibilities.? Rhaya Neabors missed her second-straight game due to personal reasons.? Freshman Ify Ibekwe missed her sixth-straight game due to an eye injury, and senior Jessica Arnold missed her eighth-straight game due to a concussion.
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