Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women?s Basketball Falls At Oregon, 86-73
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 12, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Eugene, Ore. ?- On a cold, snowy night, Arizona could not hang with the hot shooting Oregon Ducks, falling 86-73 on Thursday before a crowd of 2,554 at McArthur Court.  The loss drops the Wildcats to 7-11 overall and 1-5 and in the Pac-10, while the Ducks improve to 10-5 and 2-3 in the Pac-10.


Oregon shot 57.9 percent (33-57) from the field in the game, an Arizona opponent season high, including an 11-of-21 mark from three point range.  The Wildcats shot 45.6 percent (26-57) from the field, with a 17-of-26 mark from the free throw line.  Arizona also out-rebounded the Ducks 30-28, as the Wildcats tallied 15 offensive rebounds to go with 11 steals.


“I thought we shot better tonight, but Oregon shot the lights out,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said.  Oregon is a great three-point shooting team and we didn’t do a good job defensively on the perimeter.  It was a shootout for awhile, but they were at home and they stayed hot.”


Individually for Arizona, senior Joy Hollingsworth scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field to go with eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals.  Junior Jessica Arnold added 17 points, and sophomore Amina Njonkou posted 13 points and five rebounds.


Senior Eleanor Haring led Oregon with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, and senior Cicely Oaks added 17 points for the Ducks.


Arizona started the game off strong, hitting 6-of-10 shots from the field to take a 14-13 lead on a jumper by Arnold at the 14:32 mark.  Oregon took a 20-17 lead, but a trey by Ashley Whisonant tied the game at 20-20 with 12:23 left in the first.  Oregon then hit back-to-back three pointers to spark a 17-3 scoring run over 4:28 to give the Ducks a 37-23 advantage.  Oregon took a 52-37 lead at the 1:36 mark on a layup by Haring, but Arizona finished the half on an 8-2 run in the final 1:26 capped by a trey by Hollingsworth off the backboard glass as time expired, and trailed 54-45 at halftime.


Arizona shot 59.3 percent (16-27) from the field in the first half, including a 4-of-7 mark from three point range, but Oregon shot 62.9 percent (22-35) from the field, with a 6-of-10 mark from behind the arc.  Hollingsworth and Haring each had 18 points apiece at halftime, as the first half featured 12 lead changes and three ties.


Arizona got back into the game at the start of the second half, cutting the Oregon lead to 58-53 on a Whisonant lay in with 14:24 left to play.  The Ducks responded with a 13-1 run over the next 5:54 to take a 71-54 lead.  Arizona was held without a field goal for a span of 7:29 in the second half.  Arizona trailed 76-58 on a three by Oregon’s Micaela Cocks with 6:04 to play, but was able to cut the Duck lead to 81-70 at the 2:10 mark on a free throw by Njonkou. 


The Wildcats shot 33.3 percent (10-30) from the field, including an 8-of-14 mark from the charity stripe in the second half, as Oregon posted a 50.0 percent (11-22) mark from the field after halftime.


Arizona will next travel to Corvallis, Ore., to face the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.

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