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20070114 Women?s Basketball Falls at Oregon State, 69-62
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Release: 01/14/2007
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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">Corvallis</SPAN></B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ore.</st1:State> ? </SPAN></B><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">&rsquo;s second half rally fell short, as the Wildcats could not overcome a slow first half, dropping a 69-62 decision at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Saturday night in Gill Coliseum.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> falls to 7-12 and 1-6 in the Pac-10, and the Beavers improve to 7-8 and 2-4 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"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> shot 40.6 percent (26-64) from the field in the game, as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> shot 49.0 percent (24-49).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> out-rebounded <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 36-32, but the Wildcats had a season-high 21 assists and a season-low 12 turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> made four free throws on a season-low five attempts.<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>, senior Joy Hollingsworth led the way with 17 points, six rebounds, and five assists.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Jessica Arnold added 16 points, and freshman Rhaya Neabors posted career-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Ashley Whisonant added six points and a career-high 11 assists.<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">For <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Casey Nash posted a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Mercedes Fox-Griffin tallied a double-double with 13 points and 15 assists.<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 we need to do a much better job, but the telling statistic in tonight&rsquo;s game is that we shot five free throws in the entire game,&rdquo; head coach Joan Bonvicini said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;We need to improve on defense.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Right now it is not fun to lose, and everyone is sick of it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Our margin of error is not very high right now.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Our players are disappointed, but as much as we are disappointed we need to take it out on our opponents.&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">Both teams got out to slow starts, as a layup by Hollingsworth tied the game at 4-4 at the 14:02 mark. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats started the game out shooting 2-of-13 from the field with five turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Beavers then used an 11-2 scoring run in the next 2:59 to take a 15-6 lead at the 11:03 mark.<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> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">OSU extended its lead to 23-14 on a trey by Nash with 4:28 left to play in the first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Nash hit a jumper in the paint with eight seconds on the clock to put OSU up 31-21, but <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arnold</st1:place></st1:City> hit a three as time expired to cut the deficit to 31-24 at the half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> shot 33.3 percent (10-30) from the field in the first, with a 1-of-8 mark from behind the arc.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>OSU shot 37.0 (10-27) from the field before halftime, as Nash posted 13 points and nine rebounds.<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"> started the second half off hot, using a quick 6-0 run on 3-of-4 shooting from the field to cut the Beaver lead to 31-30 at the 17:33 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>OSU responded with a 6-0 run of its own in the next 1:24 to go up 37-30.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona cut the Beaver lead to 39-35 on a jumper by Hollingsworth at the 14:54 mark, but OSU score six-straight points to take a 45-35 lead with 13:34 left to play.<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> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, but used three-straight baskets cut the lead to 59-54 with 5:10 left.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Nash then converted on a three-point play to give OSU a 62-54 advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A three by Neabors at the 1:10 mark cut the Beaver lead to 64-59 with 1:10 left to play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After two free throws by OSU&rsquo;s Judie Lomax, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arnold</st1:place></st1:City> hit a three to cut the 66-62 with 1:01 left.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> would not get any closer, as the Beavers sealed the win with free throws down the stretch.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> shot 47.1 percent (16-34) from the field in the second half, but could not match OSU&rsquo;s mark of 63.6 percent (14-22)<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"><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: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 host USC on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. 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>
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