Win Streak Ends At Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. — Oregon's win streak ended at eight games Friday when the No. 19 Ducks lost at No. 8 Arizona before a raucous crowd of 10,413 in McKale Center, 63-48.
The Wildcats were looking to avenge an overtime loss in Eugene on Jan. 15, and did so by forcing 21 turnovers and converting them into 22 points. The Ducks got 17 points by Endyia Rogers, and Nyara Sabally had 15 before playing only three minutes in the fourth quarter due to illness.
"Credit them — you could tell they played harder than us, and they wanted it a little more than us," UO coach Kelly Graves said. "And that's how it came across."
How It Happened: Oregon had an atypical game day, as the Ducks' charter flight Thursday night was delayed until Friday morning. The Ducks arose early in Eugene, travelled to Arizona and were unable to have their standard day-of-game shootaround before taking the floor Friday evening.
What unfolded over the ensuing 40 minutes, however, wasn't simply a case of travel fatigue.
"I'm sure it was an impact — but it wasn't 20 points' worth of impact," Graves said. "They just played better than us, and I give them credit."
The Ducks had three turnovers in six empty possessions to open the game, before Sydney Parrish got them on the board. Down 6-2, Oregon put together a 7-0 run into the lead, with Sabally scoring five. Arizona turned the tables with eight straight points, and though Sabally scored again late in the period, the Wildcats had a 14-11 lead after one quarter.
Rogers scored five straight points early in the second to forge an 18-18 tie, before Arizona put together another 8-0 run to take the lead for good. Rogers and Sabally scored all six of Oregon's points the rest of the half, and the Ducks trailed 30-24 at halftime. At that juncture, points off turnovers favored Arizona by a margin of 14-6.
The Wildcats got hot from three-point range in the third quarter, making three from long range to begin pulling away. They eventually led by as much as 21 in the fourth, and though the Ducks got some encouraging minutes from Taylor Hosendove and Phillipina Kyei in that period, the absence of Sabally was a major impediment to the sort of comeback Oregon put together to beat Arizona back in January.
Who Stood Out: Rogers scored her 17 points on 4-of-10 shooting, and added seven rebounds. Sabally had five rebounds and blocked four shots to go along with her 15 points. Nobody else on the team scored more than five points.
"I was really proud of (Rogers) tonight," Graves said. "She played like a warrior. And so did Nyara, in the time she was out there. We just got them no help tonight."
What It Means: Given Oregon State's loss earlier in the night, Oregon had a chance to get two games up in the loss column on every Pac-12 team other than Stanford. As it is, the Ducks remain alone in second, but without the separation from the rest of the pack that they would have enjoyed with a win Friday.
Up Next: Oregon plays at Arizona State on Sunday (1 p.m., Pac-12 Network).