LOS ANGELES ?- The Arizona women’s basketball team dropped its fourth-straight game, a 76-60 defeat to USC in the Lyons Center this afternoon. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 5-10 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10.
Arizona shot 38 percent from the field, 23 percent from downtown and 72 percent from the free throw line on the game. USC connected on 43 percent from the field, 26 percent from three-point range and 81 percent from the charity stripe on the game.
The Women of Troy dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Wildcats 43 to 25. It was the largest rebounding deficit of the season for Arizona. The Wildcats committed 19 turnovers to USC’s 20.
“We played a pretty good first half and started the second half strong, but when you give people second and third shots, it makes it difficult,” Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. “Rebounds are part positioning, part heart. I can’t fault the players, because the effort was there.”
USC jumped out to a 16-4 lead to start the first half as the Women of Troy hit seven of their first nine shots (78 percent), while the Wildcats connected on just 2-of-10. Arizona was able to cut it to eight on a Jones three-pointer and later used a 7-0 run to cut it to three (28-25). The Wildcats went into the locker room at halftime down 30-27.
Arizona shot 34 percent from the field, 17 percent from three-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line on the half. USC, meanwhile, connected on 57 percent from the field, 33 percent from beyond the arc and 40 percent from the charity stripe on the half. Both teams pulled down 15 rebounds and the Wildcats edged the Trojans on turnovers, 10 to 11. Hollingsworth led all players with nine points on the half.
Arizona tied the game at 32 less than a minute into the second half and took its first lead of the game (41-39) at the 15:28 mark on a Ch?© Oh jumper. Unfortunately for Arizona, the Women of Troy responded with a 7-0 run to go up 46-41 and later took its biggest lead of the game at 14, 62-48, to put the game out of reach for good. The Wildcats cut it to 10 on a Jessica Arnold trey, but the Women of Troy went on to the 16-point win, in large part due to a 28 to 10 rebounding advantage on the half.
Arizona hosts Oregon State for a 7 p.m. game this Thursday, Jan. 12, at McKale.