TUCSON - A made jumper with 14 seconds to play by sophomore forward Erica Barnes and outstanding defensive pressure by freshman guard Layana Whyte gave the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team a 58-56 win at Oregon State on Saturday. The Cats advanced to 13-4 overall and 2-3 in Pac-12 play. Oregon State fell to 11-6 overall and 2-4 in conference action.
"We had a couple of tough possessions and I could see us getting deflated," head coach Niya Butts said. "What a great job Layana White did for us. Her energy was outstanding and she gave us a great lift off the bench. We couldn't get stops and they were killing us driving to the paint. Overall, I think our team played really well down the stretch. We didn't panic and we had some huge baskets from some key people."
Barnes led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-15 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. She collected her seventh double-double of the season with 11 rebounds. She rounded out her stat line with two blocks, one assist and one steal in 40 minutes of play. On the defensive end, she held Oregon State's leading scorer, Earlysia Marchbanks, to zero points and forced two turnovers.
Arizona also had double-digit scoring efforts from senior guard Shanita Arnold and junior guard Davellyn Whyte, who each had 15 points. Whyte also grabbed seven rebounds, handed out six assists and took away three steals in 40 minutes of play. Arnold had three assists, one rebound and one steal in 36 minutes of play.
Trailing 26-21 at halftime, overall Arizona shot 36.2 percent from the field (21-58), 36.8 percent from behind the arc (7-19) and 90 percent from the free throw line (9-10). The Beavers picked up 15 points off of 15 UA turnovers but managed only three fast break points. Arizona had eight second chance points but was outrebounded 39-36 by OSU.
The starting five for the Wildcats included Arnold, Barnes, freshman guard Erin Butler, freshman center Aley Rohde and Whyte. Junior guard Lindsey Fearing had the most minutes off the bench with 22. She had three points and two assists.
For the Beavers, Alyssa Martin was the leading scorer with 15 points. Ali Gibson paced Oregon State at the glass with eight boards. OSU shot 40.7 percent from the field (24-59), 16.7 percent from three-point range (2-12) and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe (6-9)
Arizona will return to the friendly confines of McKale Center to host Utah, Thurs., Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit the McKale Center Ticket Office or call 800-452-2287.