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Oregon ends Arizona’s season with win in Pac-12 Tournament

Mujtaba Alsadeq

Arizona’s Dejza James (31) attempts a shot during the women’s basketball game against Oregon on Feb. 3. The Wildcats lost 79-65 to the Ducks.

The Arizona women’s basketball team came into Thursday’s matchup with No. 6 seed Oregon looking to repeat what they did last season, get a opening round win in the Pac-12 tournament and advance to the quarterfinals at the hand of the Ducks, unfortunately, cold shooting and defensive rebounding in the fourth quarter led the Wildcats to their demise as they fell 70-63 in Key Arena in Seattle.

The Wildcats extended their lead to as much as seven throughout the game and took a 3-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. But the Wildcats went cold from the field and Oregon started to heat up, going on a 8-0 run midway through the fourth quarter and taking command of a game that was within the Wildcats grasp.

Oregon’s trio of Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard and Mallory McGwire did the most damage against Arizona, hitting from all areas of the court to the tune of 57 points on the night.

Arizona led from the 2:33 mark in the first quarter to the 7:50 mark of the fourth, but Arizona was unable to gain enough distance to withstand the Ducks run.

Freshman Lucia Alonso sparked the Wildcats to early success by hitting her first four threes of the game, finishing with 14 points. Seniors Malena Washington and LaBrittney Jones also did their part in trying to keep the Wildcats afloat. Washington finished with 14 points on the night with several nice moves that kept Arizona in front of Oregon for a majority of the game.

Jones finished the game with 23 points, falling just shy of cracking the top-ten of Arizona’s all-time scoring list by three points. Jones’ effort in the fourth quarter was no different than the rest of the season, scoring 13 points in the deciding quarter.

The loss marks an end to Adia Barnes’ first season as Arizona head coach. Arizona finishes the season at 14-16, falling just two shy of the required .500 mark needed for postseason play. The Wildcats won five conference games, more than any other year in the past four seasons.

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