No. 8 Oregon State 46, No. 9 Arizona 31
March 7, 2008
Oregon State defeated short-handed Arizona in a record-setting game on Friday night to earn a spot in Saturday's quarterfinal round opposite No. 1 seed Stanford. Beavers junior center Tiffany Ducker posted her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds and senior guard Ashley Allen also scored 12 for OSU. Arizona junior forward Amina Njonkou scored a game-high 15 points.
The Wildcats were hampered by a short bench, as they played just seven players. They were without suspended senior guard Ashley Whisonant, a second-team All-Pac-10 pick, and sophomore forward Rheya Neabors.
The low-scoring game set new tournament lows: The teams combined to score 77 points and shoot 29 percent from the field to set marks for fewest points and lowest field goal percentage, respectively. Arizona's 31 points is also the lowest team total in tournament history and the Wildcats' season-low output. The two teams matched the record for the lowest scoring half in Pac-10 Tournament history, when they tied 14-14 in the first half. California scored 14 points in a half against Stanford on March 8, 2003. Arizona shot just 5-of-20 (25 percent) and OSU shot just 6-of-33 (18.2 percent) in the first half.
Arizona's 12 field goals also set a school record.
In the second half, OSU opened up a 14-point lead at 37-23 after two free throws by Allen. But Njonkou sparked a 6-0 Arizona run with a basket and an assist on a nice flip pass to freshman forward Ify Ibekwe - sandwiched around a Tasha Dickey layup - to cut the lead to 37-29 at 4:05. Ibekwe, a Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection, finished with just five points on 2-of-8 shooting, though she snared a team-best 11 rebounds.
But Arizona would score just two points the rest of the game.