Cats Fight Off Beavers, 62-53
Jan. 14, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior forward Soana Lucet tallied a game-high 18 points to lead Arizona to a 62-53 win over visiting Oregon State, Thursday evening in McKale Center.
Lucet made a living directly under the basket against the Beavers, converting a number of wide open opportunities while also converting a pair of put-backs and a transition lay-up. She finished the game 7-of-10 from the field to go along with 6 rebounds.
The two teams slugged it out in the half court for the better part of 30 minutes before each side took turns surging in front.
Arizona took a 36-35 lead at the 15:59 mark when Davellyn Whyte nailed a 3-pointer, her first bucket of the game after being saddled with two fouls most of the first half. However, Oregon State answered with 8-straight points, 6 of those coming from Haiden Palmer, and claimed a 43-36 advantage.
The momentum swung back to the Wildcats as Whyte scored five points and Reiko Thomas added a lay-up to wrap up a 11-3 run and give Arizona a brief 47-46 advantage.
The Beavers responded with back-to-back buckets by Anita Burdick to reclaim a 3-point edge before the Cats took over for good. Whyte delivered another bucket, then Soana Lucet knocked down a pair of free throws before hitting a short jumper. Brooke Jackson converted a transition bucket after a steal by Whyte to complete a 6-0 spurt that clinched the win.
Though Arizona committed just 13 turnovers, they were plagued on the glass as Oregon State amassed a 38-27 rebounding advantage that included 21 on the offensive end. El Sara Greer tallied 10 offensive boards to finish with a game-high 14, but Oregon State was only able to tally 13 second chance points.
Arizona limited Oregon State (9-5, 1-3) to 37.3 percent shooting for the game (22-of-59) that included a 4-for-18 clip for leading scorer Talisa Rhea. Palmer did her part by hitting 7-of-8 shots for 15 points, but logged just 13 minutes before fouling out.
Arizona (8-7, 2-3) is back home on Saturday, January 16 to host Oregon in an afternoon contest starting at 2:00 p.m. The Ducks (12-4, 3-1) suffered their first Pac-10 loss at Arizona State earlier in the evening, 73-68.
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