EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s basketball team closed out the 2013-14 regular season with a win as the Ducks defeated Arizona, 90-78, on Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks (15-14, 6-12 Pac-12) swept a weekend against the Arizona schools for the first time since the 2009-10 season after also knocking off No. 20 ranked Arizona State on Friday night.
Oregon will face Washington State on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, with the winner facing California in the second round at 6 p.m. on Friday.
After Jillian Alleyne became the fastest Duck to reach 1,000 career points on Friday, two of her teammates joined her on Sunday.
With her second three of the game, at 16:27 on the clock in the first half, Ariel Thomas became the 26th player in Oregon women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points. She needed eight points to reach the milestone entering Sunday, and did it less than five minutes into the game.
Katelyn Loper joined Thomas in the 1,000-point club on a three-pointer with 16:41 left in the second half. Loper scored 669 points over her first two seasons at Hofstra before transferring and has 336 points this year with the Ducks.
Alleyne finished with a team-high 18 points while Thomas finished with 17 and Loper had 11. Chrishae Rowe scored 15 and Danielle Love added 11 on her senior day while fellow seniors Laura Stanulis and Chynna Miley each had two points.
The Ducks out-rebounded the Wildcats, 44-31, in the game and had 21 second chance points.
Arizona was led by Candice Warthen’s game-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting.
Oregon came out hot to begin the game, just as it did against ASU on Friday night.
Thomas started the game 4-for-4, including three 3-pointers. The third three-pointer put the Ducks up by double-digits, 22-12, with 14:07 remaining, but the Wildcats battled back and tied it up, 27-27, with 10:20 left in the first half.
Oregon led, 46-42, at halftime after shooting 50 percent (15-of-30) in the opening 20 minutes. The Ducks knocked down seven threes as Alleyne and Thomas each had a game-high 13 points at the break.
In the second half, the Ducks maintained their four-point lead until going on an 11-4 run to take a 68-56 double-digit lead on a Rowe jumper with 11:18 left to play.
Arizona chipped into the lead and made it as low as six points, but the Ducks pushed it back up to 10, at 80-70, on a coast-to-coast drive by Lexi Petersen with 3:39 remaining.
Postgame Notes: Lexi Petersen posted a career-high seven assists.