Hot Shooting Wildcats Defeat Oregon
Release Date: 01/13/2013
Turnovers were the difference in the game, with Arizona forcing the Ducks into 26 mishaps while the Wildcats registered only 10. The result was a 35-9 Arizona advantage for points off turnovers.
Another major factor was the hot shooting from UA, which made 12-of-27 of its 3-point attempts for 44.4 percent. The Wildcats also had a 14-5 edge in the steals category and a 25-9 difference in assists.
The Ducks’ interior players paced the team, led by Jillian Alleyne who tallied game-highs with 18 points and 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Megan Carpenter tallied nine points and 11 rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench, while Liz Brenner posted 10 points and nine rebounds.
Six UA players scored in double-figures, led by Alli Gloyd who tallied team-highs with 17 points and nine rebounds. Layana White (16 points), Keyahndra Cannon (14 points), Davellyn Whyte (13 points), Carissa Crutchfield (13 points) and Nyre Harris (10) points also reached double-figures.
Oregon, which took 20 fewer field goal attempts than UA, made 38.3 percent from the field (23-of-60) and 28.6 percent from behind the 3-point arc (4-of-14).
Arizona made 5-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc to start the game, giving the Wildcats a 17-10 lead four minutes into the contest. UA extended its lead to 12 points, 24-12, with 12 minutes in the first stanza. Davellyn Whyte and Layana White combined to make six 3-pointers during that stretch.
The Wildcats went on a 15-3 run over a seven-minute span pushing out the lead of 15 points, 27-12, with 10:07 in the half. A 3-pointer on the right wing by Amanda Delgado broke up that Arizona run.
Arizona led by as many as 23 points, 52-29, with 2:20 remaining in the first half.
The Ducks, who trailed by 21 points at the halftime break, 55-34, were led by Alleyne who scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds. Arizona forced Oregon into 12 first-half turnovers, which led to 15 points for the Wildcats, who registered only one turnover in the stanza.
Arizona was scorching hot on 3-pointers in the first half making 11-of-19 for 57.9 percent. Oregon was 11-of-30 on overall field goals (36.7 percent) in the half and 3-of-10 from behind the arc.
Oregon opened the second half by out-scoring UA 9-6 powered a pair of inside baskets by Brenner and a 3-pointer from Jordan Loera. But the Wildcats countered with their full-court pressure defense which forced UO into several turnovers resulting in a 74-49 advantage with 11:32 to play.
The Wildcats' largest lead of the game was 35 points, 98-63, with 2:14 left to play.
Oregon (2-14, 0-4) returns to action on Tuesday with a home game against rival Oregon State. Tip-time is scheduled for 8 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.