Arizona Holds On To Beat Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Freshman Shawntinice Polk had 23 points and 15 reboundsas No. 24 Arizona beat Oregon 71-66 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (14-4, 7-4 Pac-10) struggled to stay ahead throughout thesecond half, losing the lead twice to the Ducks (8-12, 4-7).
Polk, who averages in double figures in points and rebounds, had sevenpoints in an 11-2 run that put Arizona up 48-38 to open the second half.
Oregon took a 52-51 lead on Brandi Davis' 3-pointer with 10:18 left. It wasshort-lived, with Arizona's Aimee Grzyb answering with her own 3-pointer.
Oregon went ahead 63-61 on Carolyn Ganes' long jumper with 5:33 left.Dee-Dee Wheeler tied it before Polk hit a lay-in and added short jumper to putArizona ahead 67-63 with less than a minute to go.
With 33.3 seconds left, Ganes' putback and free throw brought the Ducks to67-66. But Wheeler and Natalie Jones hit foul shots in the final seconds.
Davis led the Ducks with 21 points, while Ganes had 15 points and sevenrebounds.
Oregon, which had won its last two games, struggled at the start, fallingbehind 11-4 on Krista Warren's inside shot for Arizona.
But the Ducks responded with a 19-3 run that put them ahead 21-14.
Arizona, coming off a 71-65 loss in overtime to Oregon State on Thursday,got the lead back at 32-31 on Grzyb's 3-pointer.
The Wildcats took a 37-36 advantage into halftime.
Before the game, a moment of silence was held for the victims of the spaceshuttle Columbia disaster earlier Saturday.