Arizona Basketball Survives at home, beats the Ducks

Arizona Basketball Survives at home, beats the Ducks

Arizona dared to do what OR coach Kelly Graves thought any team would be insane to try against his Ducks.

And what a battle it was for the Sun Devils, as it took them well into the second half to pull away.

It wasn't enough to overcome their own shooting woes.

Points in the paint were controlled by Arizona, with 20 points, compared to Oregon's 16. "That's as hard as we've played". "Well, we got zoned tonight and they looked pretty smart for doing it".

"I felt like none of us wanted to lose", Evans said. "I know early on we were missing, including myself, we were missing easy layups that we should have made". "If you've always been in the winner's circle and believe in yourself and think about being the best down the stretch - everybody wants to be that team - the players that were out there did a really good job".

How It Happened: Arizona's rough shooting night wasn't apparent from the start, as the Wildcats (4-12, 0-5 Pac-12) made 4-of-7 attempts to open the game and take a 10-3 lead. Ionescu's double-double was her eighth of the season. Borislava Hristova scored 14 points on a poor shooting night (5 for 19).

Arizona lost any hope for an upset by missing its first 12 shots of the third quarter to see a one-point halftime deficit balloon to 14. After scoring 10 consecutive points, Arizona led 10-3.

OR struggled to find the range on offense, shooting 38 percent (21 of 55) from the floor and 33 percent (12 of 36) from 3-point range, but the Ducks' defense clamped down and held the Wildcats to 29-percent shooting from the floor, including 3 of 18 from distance (17 percent).

Washington State (9-8, 1-4 Pac-12) finally got back in the win column after dropping its first four in conference play. Ayton leads in rebounds with 11.5 while Parker Jackson-Cartwright tops in assists with 4.9 per game.

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Marie Gulich scored the last three points and Mikayla Pivec - who is from Lynnwood - got a hand on a potential tying shot as No. 22 Oregon State defeated No. 18 Arizona State 57-54, handing the Sun Devils their first loss in six games.

ASU big man De'Quon Lake had a stellar game off the bench, putting up 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks - two of which were part of a back-to-back - in 25 minutes.

Robbi Ryan, who finished with 19 points, was almost unstoppable with her midrange shot in the second period, helping the Sun Devils keep the lead. McKnight finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Steen added 17 points and nine boards. Trier scored 25 points on the afternoon shooting 6-14 from the floor and 1-6 from 3-point range, but was a ideal 11-11 from the free throw line.

On the season, Arizona basketball averages 82.5 points, 37.2 rebounds and 15.8 assists per game.

Arizona shot 38 percent from the floor and 2-for-11 from 3-point range while OSU shot 34 percent and hit 2-of-7 from deep. Kodi Justice added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Sun Devils, who were coming off an upset home loss to OR on Thursday night.



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