Jan. 16, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Freshman guard Davellyn Whyte scored a school-record 39 points as Arizona held off Oregon, 119-112, Saturday afternoon in McKale Center.
Fans at the game could be forgiven for thinking they were viewing a track meet as the two teams combined for a Pac-10 record 231 total points and attempted a total of 153 shots.
Whyte broke a 13-year old single-game scoring record, coincidentally against the Ducks, set by Adia Barnes with 35 points on February 20, 1997. Whyte came up a point shy of that record in her last McKale Center performance, a 34-point outing against USC on January 3.
Oregon brought the nation's highest-scoring offense into McKale Center, averaging 87 points per game entering the weekend trip. The Wildcats, however, nearly doubled their per game scoring average, which was set at 66.0.
Despite the up-and-down nature of the game, Arizona held the lead for all but the first four minutes of the game. The first of five 3-pointers by Whyte at the 15:57 mark of the first half gave the Wildcats a 12-10 lead that was never relinquished.
Arizona used a 9-2 run to take a 32-23 lead at the 8:56 mark, then stretched their advantage to 53-38 with 4:09 before the break on a 3-pointer by Reiko Thomas. However, Oregon finished the half on a 12-3 run to end the half to trim the Ducks' deficit to 56-52.
Another 3-pointer by Whyte 4:09 into the second half pushed the Cats lead back to double digits and Oregon would get no closer than five points the rest of the way. A free throw by Nia Jackson with 2:12 to play cut the Arizona lead to 107-102, but Whyte countered with a conventional 3-point play to seal the win.
Arizona took advantage of full-court pressure by Oregon and turned it into a number of 2-on-1 opportunities. The easy buckets sparked the rest of the team's shooting as the Cats made 19-of-25 shots (.760) over the opening 16:14 of play and ended the game with a .623 shooting percentage (43-of-69).
All-American Ify Ibekwe tallied a career-best 32 points while adding game-highs of 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Soana Lucet also set a personal best with 28 points while tallying 7 rebounds and a pair of steals.
Nicole Canepa was 14-of-18 from the field and scored 38 points while grabbing 8 rebounds for Oregon (12-5, 3-2). Kristi Fallin hit four 3-pointers to add 18 points off the bench while Amanda Johnson added 17 points and 13 rebounds while Jackson and Taylor Lilley added 13 points each.
Arizona (9-7, 3-3) has a week to rest and prepare for the first of its two games against in-state rival Arizona State, slated for Sunday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m.
POSTGAME NOTES: Eight total records were set in the game, including the 39 points by Whyte ... Arizona set the McKale Center record for points in a game by a single team ... Pac-10 records were set for points by a team in a Pac-10 game, points by a losing team and combined points in a game (231) ... First time in Arizona history two players scored at least 30 points in a game ... Most points allowed by Oregon in a single game ... 12th time in Arizona history scoring at least 100 points ... Last time Arizona scored 100 points was December 22, 2002 at UNLV in a 101-73 win.