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20070210 Oregon Squeaks Past Women?s Basketball, 59-55
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Release: 02/10/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Tucson</SPAN></B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ?</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> guard Ashley Whisonant missed a layup with six seconds left and a chance to tie the game, and <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> hit two free throws down the stretch to escape with a 59-55 win over the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The loss drops <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> to 9-18 overall and 3-12 in the Pac-10, as <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> improves to 14-10 and 6-8 in the Pac-10.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> finished the game shooting 35.6 percent (21-59) from the field, and squandered a four point lead with 11:53 left in the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> shot 41.9 percent (18-43) from the field, using a 13-4 run over 6:36 in the second half to take control of the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> shot 94.7 percent (18-19) from the free throw line, as the Wildcats made 11-of-17 (64.7 percent) at the charity stripe.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;Defensively I think we did a pretty good job,&rdquo; head coach Joan Bonvicini said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;They just out-willed us.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We out-rebounded them, but it came down to free throws, and we win if we make those.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s not fun losing.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We have got to get tougher.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Individually for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, Whisonant scored a game-high 14 points coming off the bench, and senior Linda Pace added a season-high nine points to go with four rebounds and three steals.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Junior Kaela Chapdelaine led <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> with 10 points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 396.75pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">18 of the 19 players from both teams that played in the game scored a basket.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 396.75pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 396.75pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> trailed early on in the game, as <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> raced out to a 14-4 lead at the 15:10 mark in the first on two free throws by Cicely Oaks.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats used a 14-2 scoring run over the next 7:39 to take an 18-16 lead on a jumper by Shannon Hobson at the 7:31 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats held a 25-22 lead with 42 seconds left in the first, but a three-point play by Eleanor Haring with 17 seconds left tied the game at 25-25 going into halftime.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 396.75pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 396.75pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> shot 38.7 percent (12-31) from the field in the first half, compared to a 35.0 percent mark (7-20) by <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 253.5pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats controlled the second half for the first eight minutes, and led 41-37 at the 11:53 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> then put together a 13-4 run over the next 6:36 to take a 50-45 lead with 5:17 left in the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Oregon led by as many as seven down the stretch, but Arizona cut the deficit to two points at 57-55 on a lay in by Pace with 44 seconds left.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> will next travel to UCLA on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.</SPAN>
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