Wildcats Fall to Ducks, 84-72
Senior Erica Barnes scored a season high 20 points and added 10 rebounds, but Arizona women’s basketball (4-16, 0-9) fell to Oregon (12-8, 3-6), 84-72 on Friday night at McKale Center.
Barnes’ 20 points came on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line.
Three additional players scored in double digits as junior Candice Warthen also had 20 and sophomore Keyahndra Cannon and freshman Breanna Workman both added 10.
Warthen’s 20 points marked her fourth game this year scoring 20 points or more and first since December 15.
Senior Carissa Crutchfield had a season-high eight assists for Arizona.
The Wildcats held the Ducks to 84 points, well below their season average 95.9 ppg and committed a season-low 10 turnovers.
In the first half, Barnes scored 10 of her 20 points to lead the Wildcats. The Ducks struck early, storming out to a 14-4 lead in the first five minutes. From there, Arizona narrowed the score to within five, but Oregon cut it off with a 7-0 run and did not look back.
“At halftime, we made an adjustment,” Arizona Head Coach Niya Butts said. “We shot the ball a lot better than we shot it in the first half, that’s progress. We have to look at all the little things. That’s how we have to gauge the progress, especially when we continue to come up short in these games and shoot ourselves in the foot.”
Sophomore Jillian Alleyne led the Ducks with 29 points and 20 rebounds.
Arizona will return home to host Oregon at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 and Oregon State on Sunday, Feb. 2 at noon. Sunday’s game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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HEAD COACH NIYA BUTTS
“Obviously, this is disappointing, it starts to sound redundant after a while. There are a lot of things we didn’t do well, hats off to Oregon to coming in and getting a road win. We didn’t affect them enough, I don’t think. We held them below their average, but when you have two players for Oregon, one who went 11-for-11 and the other was 10-for-23, it is going to be difficult, especially since those are the two main scorers. You are talking about 29 points and 20 rebounds. There were 10 offensive rebounds and we know that she (Jillian Alleyne) is going to the board, we still couldn’t do enough. But we missed tons of layups, if you were watching the game, you saw time after time we would get underneath the basket and just miss the layups. Or we would get an opportunity at the foul line we found that we would shoot 20 or more free throws at goal and we would only make 11 shots. In the second half, we missed at least 10 point blank layups, along with the nine free throws we missed during the game. You are talking about 29 points, that’s just on those mistakes. You know we took care of the ball okay; 10 turnovers. But we didn’t have enough to maintain, especially the up and down game like it was tonight.”
On Oregon’s Offense:
“They are almost averaging 90 shots a game. Tonight we were really trying to slow them down a little bit, they only shot 76. That’s the way they like to play, that’s what they want to do, they want to speed you up so that you shoot fast and they can get the ball back. So Paul (Westhead) has done a great job, he has been around the game for a long time. I have a ton of respect for him as a coach and as a man.”
On Arizona’s Defense:
“I think for the most part, we did okay. With the exception of not rebounding the basketball, they had 19 offensive rebounds. So that first shot in the second half we did a pretty good job, but then we let them get almost every rebound. I am not happy with that at all I think we continue to do things that hurt us and not so much what the other team is doing to us, it’s what we are doing to ourselves. Again, I am tired of hearing it as a coach and I am tired of saying it to you guys, but it is what it is. We have to have better focus when we are out there.”
On the team’s progress:
“At halftime, we made an adjustment. We shot the ball a lot better than we shot it in the first half, that’s progress. We have to look at all the little things, it’s one of those things where you take every possession and every moment at a time and really try to think about: What did we do the last game? What did we do the last two games? Did we change anything from those games? Did we get a little bit better at making a decision? That’s how we have to gauge the progress, especially when we continue to come up short in these games and shoot ourselves in the foot. We have to look for some positives in that. For us, it’s really difficult to clean up a lot because of our numbers. Obviously, tomorrow we won’t be able to do much on the floor. We only have seven and we are pretty banged up, so we have to get ready for Sunday’s game. A lot of it is going to be mental.”
SENIOR FORWARD ERICA BARNES
On Jillian Alleyne:
“I give credit to the Oregon team. They did pretty good, but I feel like we just gave it to her.”
On being a leader:
“We have to be consistent and let our team know that when we are down, we have to uplift them.”
On if they could benefit from having more players on the roster:
“We would (because we would) have more people. We can’t harp on the people we don’t have. We have to work with the people that we have and make the best out of it.”
JUNIOR GUARD CANDICE WARTHEN
On how she is feeling:
“We haven’t won a game all conference play. It’s very frustrating. This is a team we know we can beat.”
On the team’s performance:
“It’s what we always do. It’s nothing the other team is doing ever. It’s always us. We create our own problems. We don’t rebound; we don’t finish on offensive ends. It’s stuff that we control. The good thing is that we control what we do. Moving forward we just have to execute and actually do it.”
On gauging progress:
“We are important for our team. It’s important to progress. I’ve been in a slump lately. You have to continue to stay positive.”
On getting out of her slump:
“I made a couple and missed a couple that I should have made. I wouldn’t say no, but I missed some that I know I should have made. I’m getting better but I’m not where I want to be.”
On Jillian Alleyne:
“She’s very talented. She’s not a senior yet, so she has a lot of improving to do. She’s impressive. She’s pretty good. I give her props.”
On players stepping up:
“It’s always two or three people that have a good game. It’s never all five people. We never have all seven people play together and have a good game. If we have good stats for everybody, then we will probably better. All seven of us need to step up.”