Wildcats Shoot Down Ducks, 84-68
Feb. 2, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - Scoring its final 17 points all from the freethrow line, the Arizona women's basketball team defeated Oregon, 84-68, athome on Saturday. The Wildcats are now 11-11 overall and 7-6 in Pac-10play, and Oregon slips to 12-10 overall and 7-6 in conference action.
Arizona jumped out to a six-point (8-2) lead in the first four minutes ofthe game, which Oregon promptly answered with a 7-2 spurt that cut the leadto one (10-9) at 14:05. The Ducks tied it up less than two minutes laterat 12-12, but the Cats put on a 13-2 surge to gain an 11-point (25-14) edgewith 8:28 to go in the half. The Ducks got back to within seven twice, butfound themselves trailing, 34-25, at halftime.
The Wildcats stretched their lead to 13 (38-25) in the first 1:30 of thesecond half, then Oregon scored back-to-back baskets to cut the deficit tonine (38-29) at 17:51. Arizona then took over the game with a 20-7 runthat included four of its seven treys for the contest, going up by 22points (58-36) with just over 12 minutes remaining.
The Ducks showed they weren't out of the game yet, though, as theyproceeded to out-score Arizona, 21-7, over the next eight minutes. Duringthat stretch, the Cats hit only 2-of-11 from the floor, missed four freethrow attempts and committed four turnovers.
Arizona senior LaKeisha Taylor stopped the Duck run with her layup at4:11, and that was the Cats' final field goal of the game. Shooting17-for-22 from the charity stripe down the stretch, the Wildcats held onfor the win. The Cats were 33-for-43 from the line for the game.
'This was a big game for us, and it was a character test after the loss toOregon State. We had every opportunity to win that game the other night, sothis game was a must-win,' said head coach Joan Bonvicini. 'Our postplayers are really coming together. We needed our guards to play defenseand rebound, and they did that tonight.'
Scoring 15 of her points in the second half, senior forward ElizabethPickney led the Wildcats with a team-high 19 points, including a 15-of-16performance from the free throw line. Her 15 free throws made ties theschool record of 15 set by Angela Lackey in 2000.
Freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler shot 4-for-5 from three-point range enroute to 18 points and four steals. LaKeisha Taylor racked up 16 points andsix rebounds before fouling out, and sophomore guard Aimee Grzyb tallied 13points and a career-high eight rebounds. Fellow guard Julie Brase addedseven points and six rebounds.
Oregon junior guard Shaquala Williams led all scorers with 21 points, andsophomore forward Cathrine Kraayeveld collected her fifth double-double ofthe season with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. That was also herseventh double-digit rebounding game of the year. Senior guard EdnieshaCurry contributed nine points and five boards, and junior guard AlissaEdwards came off the bench for five points and a game-high five assists.
Arizona hits the road again next weekend, playing at Washington onThursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. PST, then taking on Washington State onSaturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. PST in Pullman.
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