Jan. 9, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. - Arizona cut a late six-point deficit to six with less than three minutes to play, but a late Oregon three-pointer ended the comeback attempt in a 68-55 loss to the Ducks, Thursday evening in Pac-10 play at McArthur Court.
The Wildcats trailed for most of the second half as the Ducks held a five- to seven-point cushion most of the way. Jasmin Holliday connected on a short jumper at the 5:14 mark to put Oregon up 55-48 before the Cats began their comeback attempt.
The defensive pressure that helped the Cats climb back into the game let down for the shortest of moments, but it was enough for Amanda Johnson to hoist a three-pointer that proved to be the final blow for Arizona.
The Wildcats made just 1-of-5 shots over the final two minutes and missed a pair of free throws while the Ducks hit 5-of-6 from the stripe after Ellie Manou connected from short range to help end the game on a 13-2 run.
Sophomore forward Ify Ibekwe was again a one-woman wrecking crew for the Wildcats, tallying game-highs of 23 points and 15 rebounds, posting a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards in the first half. No other Wildcat scored in double figures, however, as the Cats shot just 35.4 percent (17-of-48) from the field and committed 17 turnovers.
Oregon (5-8, 2-1) shot 57.1 percent (16-of-28) in the second half while finishing with a 46.6% mark for the game. Manou was 6-of-9 from the field while the Ducks were also a solid 6-of-15 from three-point range.
Taylor Lilley led the Ducks with 14 points while Manou had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Johnson tossed in 12 points and Holliday added 10 for the balanced Ducks offense.
Ashley Frazier hit a trio of three-pointers to finish with 9 points and 4 assists while Njonkou also had 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Arizona (7-7, 0-3) returns to the hardwood this Saturday, January 10 to take on Oregon State in Corvallis with tip-off at Gill Coliseum set for 7 p.m.