Jan. 4, 2002
Eugene, Ore. (Jan. 4) -- Held to its lowest offensive output in nearly three years, the Arizona women's basketball team fell to Oregon, 72-53, in Eugene on Friday.
The Wildcats opened the game with a slender 5-2 lead, which the Ducks quickly parried with nine unanswered points to go ahead by six (11-5). Arizona got back to within two (12-10) at 13:23, only to be out-scored, 22-10, for the remainder of the half. Oregon held a solid 34-20 lead at halftime.
The Ducks began the second half with a 16-9 spurt that blew the lead open to 21 points (50-29) at 12:34. The Cats countered with a 13-3 run that sliced Oregon's lead to only 11 (53-42), but they came no closer as the Ducks dominated the remainder of the game, 19-9.
Senior forward Elizabeth Pickney led the Cats with 12 points and seven rebounds, while freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler was the only other Wildcat in double digits in scoring, with 11.
Junior wing Krista Warren added eight points and seven rebounds, and senior center LaKeisha Taylor had eight points and five rebounds, despite early foul trouble. Junior guard Julie Brase contributed eight points and four rebounds.
Arizona's 53 points was its lowest offensive output since scoring only 47 points at Rutgers in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Mar. 14, 1999.