Arizona women’s basketball suffered its second loss of the conference season after Oregon State (7-8, 1-2) defeated the Wildcats (9-5, 1-2), 57-48 at McKale Center on Friday night.
“Obviously, this is a disappointing loss,” Arizona head coach Niya Butts said. “We played good enough defense in the first half to hold them to 24 points. The only problem was we only scored 22 points. When you are having trouble putting the ball in the basket, everything has to go your way defensively.”
Senior Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.) scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Arizona.
As a team, Arizona forced 15 turnovers, but only shot 26.8 percent, including a 16.7 mark from the three-point line.
Both teams struggled to shoot in the first half, but the Beavers outshot the Wildcats, 29 percent to 22.9. Oregon State started the game on a 7-0 run, but it was erased by a 13-0 Wildcat run. OSU finished the half on a 12-4 run, however and went in to halftime with a 24-22 record.
In the second half, Arizona earned its first lead of the half to make the score 43-42, but Oregon State answered with an 8-0 run. After that, the Wildcats were not able to catch up and fell, 57-48.
Patricia Bright led the Beavers with 12 points and Jamie Weisner had 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats will return to McKale Center on Sunday, Jan. 13 to take on Oregon at 1 p.m. MT.
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“I think as a player sometimes when you miss a couple, it started to play on us mentally. We allowed that to affect what we did on the opposite end. We can’t do that and that’s what we let happen to us.”
On Kama Griffitt’s absence:
“Anytime you don’t have a player on the floor you used to have, I think your team struggles with trying to get everyone on the same page. They’re used to having that same rotation we’ve had in the past. We had to go away from that tonight. Hopefully, we will regroup tomorrow and be ready to play Oregon on Sunday.”
“Layana [White] did well. She played hard. She played scrappy. She hustled and got on the floor for loose balls. That’s what we asked her to do: sprint the floor, make lay-ups when she has the opportunity, create havoc on defense. I think she’s doing what we’re asking her to do. We need players to step up and make plays. Step up and score. We need to finish those open layups and sprint to those loose balls. Those are things we have to do moving towards Sunday.”
On not being able to finish plays:
“I think it’s being able to get that stop when you needed to and get that rebound. Every time we made a run, either they’d make a shot and we give up a super easy one or they’d miss a couple of shots and get the offensive rebound. That’s deflating.”
“We made them play at a faster pace. They played at a pace we wanted them to for the most part. We didn’t make enough plays or get enough stops.”