TUCSON. Ariz. ?- The Arizona women’s basketball team won its second-straight game, a 69-60 victory over Oregon at McKale Center tonight. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 13-5 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-10. Oregon falls to 12-5 overall and 5-3 in conference play.
Arizona shot 41 percent from the field, 33 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line on the game, while Oregon shot 48, 27 and 77 percent, respectively, on the night. The Wildcats out-rebounded the Ducks 35 to 26 and forced 20 Oregon turnovers.
“Oregon is a very good team,” Head Coach Joan Bonvicini said. “We had a hard time matching up with them because of their size, but they probably thought the same about us and our quickness. Early foul trouble worried me a little bit, but our bench held their own and stepped up.”
Senior Dee-Dee Wheeler led all players with 23 points. She also added six assists, five rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot. “Dee-Dee had a great game,” Bonvicini said. “She did a good job for us all around tonight.”
Freshman Jessica Arnold, making her first start since suffering a shoulder injury Dec. 27 at Washington, finished with 10 points on 4-of-6 from the field. Freshman Ch?© Oh added nine points, while senior Danielle Adefeso chipped in eight.
Junior Natalie Jones led all players with 11 rebounds, while freshman Ashley Whisonant nabbed four steals, as many as the entire Oregon team. Junior Shawntinice Polk was held to just seven points, but pulled down nine boards.
After a close start to the game, Oregon used a 6-0 run to take a five-point lead (20-15). Arizona battled back, cutting the Duck lead to one, 21-20. The Wildcats later tied the game at 28 before using a 6-0 run to take a seven-point (37-30). Arizona went into the locker room up by seven, 39-32.
Arizona shot 40 percent from the field, 29 percent from three-point range and 82 percent from the free throw line on the half. Meanwhile, Oregon connected on 52 percent from the field, 43 percent from downtown and 71 percent from the charity stripe. Both teams pulled down 15 rebounds, but the Wildcats won the turnover battle, committing just three compared to the Ducks’ 13. Wheeler led all players with 10 points.
After the Ducks scored the first four points of the second half, Arizona scored seven straight to take a 10-point lead (46-36), its biggest lead of the game. Oregon cut it to six, but that was as close as they would get, as Arizona went on to win 69-60.
Arizona hosts Oregon State for a 2 p.m. game this Saturday, Jan. 22. It’s "Pack the House" day, so all tickets are $3.