Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Hold Off Oregon State, 50-46
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 03, 2011
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March 3, 2011

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball picked up its third-straight Pac-10 road win with a 50-46 victory at Oregon State on Thursday night. The Cats have won five of their last six contests and move to 18-10 overall and 9-8 in conference action. The Beavers fell to 9-19 overall and 2-15 in Pac-10 play.

"Oregon State made a good run but we had an answer to that run and made some plays ourselves," head coach Niya Butts said. "We made some shots and at the end of the day, we battled back. We knew it was going to be a tough game for us. That's the way they play and they have been forcing teams to play that way all year."

Senior forward Ify Ibekwe played the entire 40 minutes and collected her 11th double-double of the season with 15 points and 16 rebounds, including 11 defensively. She also picked up five steals, handed out three assists and blocked four shots.

Ibekwe was one of three Cats to score in double digits with 16 points from sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte and 11 points from senior forward Soana Lucet. Whyte also had five rebounds, three steals and dished out two assists.

Arizona won the battle of the boards with 40 rebounds to Oregon State's 39. For the game, the Wildcats shot 35.8 percent (19-53) from the field, 10.0 percent (2-20) from three-point range and 66.7 percent (10-15) from the charity stripe compared to the Beavers' 32.1 percent (18-56), 35.7 percent (4-15) and 41.7 percent (5-12), respectively.

In a game of runs, the Cats and the Beavers had four lead changes in first half, four in the second half and the score was tied five times in 40 minutes of play. The Cats also collected 14 points in fast break chances.

A sloppy first half ended with Arizona leading Oregon State, 27-18. Both teams tallied double-digit turnovers in the first 20 minutes of action with 12 for the Cats and 10 for the Beavers. For the half, Arizona shot 39.1 percent (9-23) from the field, 11.1 percent (1-9) from three-point range and 66.7 percent (8-12) from the free throw line.

For Oregon State, Earlysia Banks was the leading scorer with 16 points. Sage Indendi chipped in with 13 points, including 3-of-6 from behind the three point arc. El Sara Greer led at the glass with 10 boards.

For the Wildcats, the starting five against the Beavers were junior guard Shanita Arnold, Ibekwe, Lucet, junior guard Reiko Thomas and Whyte. Senior center Amanda Pierson got the most minutes off the bench with 16 points. She had two points, three rebounds and four blocked shots while playing some valuable minutes at the post position.

Arizona will play next at Oregon on Sat., March 5. Tip-off at Matthew Knight Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT.

Niya Butts postgame Oregon State.

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