March 5, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball picked up its 19th win of the season and its 10th in Pac-10 play with an 88-65 victory over the hosting Oregon Ducks on Saturday. Arizona moves to 19-10 overall and 10-8 in Pac-10 play. Oregon falls to 13-16 overall and 4-14 in conference action.
For the first time since the 2004-05 season, Arizona has collected double-digit Pac-10 wins. The Cats still have Pac-10 action to face in next week's league tournament. The Cats have also won four-straight Pac-10 road games and six of their last seven contests.
"This was a total team effort and we were committed to get this win," head coach Niya Butts said. "I'm really happy with where we are right now and we have some more games to play. Ify (Ibekwe) was tremendous shooting today and nothing she does surprises me. I think turnovers were her downfall today but that's definitely something she can take care of."
"We got a huge spark off the bench from Brooke Jackson today," Butts said. "She was all over the court today and she was huge with her effort. Candice Warthen has really developed as a defensive spark for us. She played some great possessions for us today."
Less than a minute into the second half, senior forward Ify Ibekwe picked up her 12th double-double of the season with her 10th board of the game while also scoring 15 points. She ended the game with 31 points and 15 boards, all defensive, while grabbing three steals and handing out three assists. She made a career best five three-point baskets on seven attempts. She was 11-of-17 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Ibekwe was one of three Cats to score in double digits with 22 points from senior forward Soana Lucet and 16 points from junior guard Brooke Jackson. Lucet also chipped in with eight rebounds and Jackson was 3-of-6 from three-point range. Sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte grabbed a career best 14 rebounds, including 11 defensively.
For the game, Arizona shot 31-of-71 (43.7 percent) from the field, 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) from three-point range and 17-of-20 (85.0 percent) from the charity stripe to Oregon's 26.9 percent (21-78), 33.3 percent (9-27) and 82.4 percent (14-17), respectively. The Cats won the battle at the glass with 56 rebounds to the Ducks'42.
The Wildcats won the battle at the boards, outrebounding Oregon, 30-23, in the first half. Arizona also shot 35.3 percent (12-34) from the field and 41.2 percent (7-17) from three-point range compared to Oregon's 26.8 percent (11-41) and 28.6 percent (4-14), respectively. The Cats hit the locker room with a 41-32 at half time.
For Oregon, Ariel Thomas was the leading scorer with 12 points and also grabbed five steals. Kristi Fallin chipped in with nine points.
Arizona's starting five on Saturday was junior guard Shanita Arnold, senior forward Ify Ibekwe, senior forward Soana Lucet, junior guard Reiko Thomas and sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte. Jackson came off the bench for 31 minutes.
The Wildcats will know their fate in the Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament when the seedings are released after Sunday's 12:30 p.m. PT game between Washington and USC. Tournament games will start Wed., March 9, at USC's Galen Center. For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.
Niya Butts postgame at Oregon.