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Slow Start Dooms Ducks in Tucson

Jan 14, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Oregon women's basketball team was unable to recover from its slowest start of the season on Thursday night as the No. 10 Ducks fell to No. 11 Arizona, 57-41, in McKale Memorial Center.
 
How it Happened: Oregon (9-3, 7-3) struggled throughout the opening period, with Arizona (9-2, 7-2) jumping out to a 17-2 lead through the first seven minutes. Five points by Sydney Parrish made it an 11-point game before the Wildcats scored four straight to lead by 15 after the first quarter.
 
The Ducks began fighting back midway through the second quarter, with a Jaz Shelley three-pointer highlighting an 11-4 Oregon run that cut Arizona's lead to 26-18 and forced the Wildcats into a timeout. After both teams went a few minutes without a field goal, Arizona took advantage of some late Oregon turnovers to finish the first half on a 9-2 run and take a 36-22 lead into the locker room.
 
A pair of lay-ins by Nyara Sabally helped Oregon get back to within 11 midway through the third quarter, but the Ducks again went cold offensively and finished with a season-low five points in the period. Arizona finished the quarter on an 8-0 run and led 46-27 entering the final 10 minutes.
 
Arizona built its lead to 23 points five minutes into the fourth quarter. Oregon put together runs of 8-0 and 12-2, but it was too little, too late as the Wildcats snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Ducks.
 
Who Stood Out: Sabally led the Ducks with 15 points and seven rebounds, recording her team-leading ninth double-figure scoring game of the season. Parrish had seven points, while both Shelley and Taylor Chavez finished with five.
 
Notable: Oregon held its opponent to fewer than 60 points for the eighth time this season … Redshirt sophomore Sedona Prince saw her first action since Dec. 21, finishing with one point and five rebounds in 14 minutes.
 
Up Next: With Sunday's game in Tempe postponed due to recent COVID-19 developments within the Arizona State program, Oregon's next game is scheduled for next Friday, Jan. 22, against No. 25 Washington State in Eugene (time TBA).