Cats Stop Skid, Beavers, 60-55
Feb. 13, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Arizona used a 16-2 run over 6:52 of the second half to erase a nine-point deficit and pull out a 60-55 win over host Oregon State, Saturday evening at Gill Coliseum.
After losing three-straight road games in Pac-10 play, Arizona picked up its second road win in league play and fourth overall on the season with one of its few second-half comebacks.
A three-pointer by Talisa Rhea completed a quick 6-point spurt by Oregon State at the 11:46 mark and pushed the Beavers into a 43-34 advantage. After struggling through the opening 30 minutes of play, Arizona found its intensity and turned the tables on the home side.
Brooke Jackson answered the trey with a three-pointer of her own that got the Wildcats off and running on the offensive end. Meanwhile, the Cats allowed a single field goal to Rhea at the 7:42 mark after Arizona had tied the game. The Wildcats took the lead a five-straight points by Davellyn Whyte and never trailed again.
Very few numbers looked good from an Arizona perspective, including a 37-23 rebounding deficit that included 23 offensive rebounds for Oregon State as well as 20 forced turnovers. However, the Wildcats showed precision on the offensive end in the second half, converting 12-of-17 field goal attempts (.706).
Arizona played just its third game that was decided by five points or fewer, picking up its second win in those games. Oregon State looked to extend the game by forcing Arizona to hit free throws, but the Wildcats hit 8-of-10 in the final two minutes to send the Beavers to their 12th-straight loss on the season.
Despite committing 12 turnovers and attempting just 19 shots, Arizona found itself trailing by just four at the half. Senior point guard Ashley Frazier hit a pair of key three-pointers, each coming with the Wildcats facing 7-point deficits, while sophomore guard Reiko Thomas had 9 points in the opening stanza.
Foul trouble shortened the Arizona rotation for the second-straight game early on. Soana Lucet picked up her second foul at the 11:00 mark while Davellyn Whyte was forced to the bench with 6:31 to play as two of the Wildcats' three leading scorers combined for just seven points in a combined 21 minutes.
Thomas and Whyte led Arizona with 14 points apiece, combining to hit 8-of-13 field goal attempts and 11-of-12 free throws. Ibekwe tossed in 13 points and snagged 7 rebounds and was also an efficient 5-of-8 from the field.
Rhea led all scorers with 16 points for Oregon State (9-14, 1-11) while El Sara Greer added 14 points and a game-leading 15 rebounds, 12 of those coming on the offensive end. Haiden Palmer chipped in with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Arizona (12-11, 6-7) returns home to play its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday, February 16 against Cal State Northridge with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.