EUGENE, Ore. ?- The Arizona women’s basketball team gave up a season-high 15 three-pointers en route to its fifth-straight loss, at 78-58 defeat at the hands of Oregon in McArthur Court tonight. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 7-17 overall and 3-11 in Pac-10 play.
Arizona shot 40 percent from the field, 27 percent from beyond the arc and just 25 percent from the free throw line on the game. Oregon, meanwhile, connected on 44 percent from the field, 56 percent from downtown and 72 percent from the charity stripe on the game. The Ducks also out-rebounded the Wildcats 49 to 31.
The one bright spot for Arizona was turnovers, as it committed a season-low seven on the game. Oregon had 13 miscues on the game.
“I’m proud of our kids. They never stopped playing hard,” Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. “Last time we played them, we had 11 players. This time we had seven. That was the difference. We did everything we possibly could with what we had.”
“It’s hard to lose,” she continued. “These kids aren’t used to losing, particularly like this.”
Senior Natalie Jones led Arizona with 16 points and seven rebounds. Junior Joy Hollingsworth tallied her second double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and 12 boards. She also had six assists and two steals. Sophomore Ashley Whisonant added 16 points.
Oregon led by four twice early in the game, but Arizona used a 5-0 run to take a 13-12 lead at the 9:43 mark. The Ducks came right back with 11 of their own to go up 23-13. Oregon maintained its lead for more than six minutes, when the Wildcats went on a 7-2 run to make it a five-point game (33-28). A three-pointer as time expired gave the Ducks a 39-30 halftime lead.
Arizona shot 43 percent from the field and from three-point range, but made just one of two free throws. Oregon connected on 44 percent from the field, 54 percent from downtown and 80 percent from the charity stripe on the half. The Ducks also out-rebounded the Wildcats 22 to 13. The only stat Arizona won was the turnover battle, as the Wildcats committed just four, compared to Oregon’s seven. Freshman Kelsey Burns, Jones and Hollingsworth each scored seven points to lead Arizona.
Arizona scored the first basket of the second half to make it a seven-point game (39-32), but Oregon responded with an 8-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 15 points, 47-32. The Wildcats were able to cut it to 11, but the Ducks’ Chelsea Wagner hit two three-pointers in a span of 54 seconds to take a 19-point lead and put the game out of reach for good, as Oregon went on to the 78-58 win.
Arizona faces Oregon State at 7 p.m. (PST) this Saturday, Feb. 11, at Gill Coliseum.