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Wildcats fall to Trojans, drop third straight game in California

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Simon Asher

Arizona senior guard Malena Washington (14) scans the floor for Arizona. The Wildcats lost to the USC Trojans 58-54 on Friday. 

The UA women’s basketball team fell to 11-9 (2-7 Pac-12) after a 58-54 loss to host USC on Friday night.

The Trojans came in to the game against Arizona with a seven-game losing streak, but were able to start fast and earn their first win since 2016. At the end of the first half, the Wildcats trailed 31-19.

Arizona was able to turn the game around in the second half. The Wildcats outshot the Trojans 44 percent to 34.6 percent from the field in the second half.

The Wildcats also forced 13 turnovers from USC in the second half and kept their own turnover count to eight in the same time. Arizona scored 16 points off turnovers and was able to cut the deficit to as little as four points, but the Trojans were able to maintain their lead for the entire second half after controlling the glass against the Wildcats. The Trojans outrebounded Arizona 39-27.

Luckily for Arizona, USC junior forward Kristen Simon was quiet tonight. Simon is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Trojans, but only had two points against the Wildcats on 1-10 shooting.

Senior guard Malena Washington lead the Wildcats with 13 points tonight, along with four rebounds and two assists. LaBrittney Jones had 10 points of her own, going 6-7 from the free-throw line. Dejza James had 10 points and six rebounds for Arizona.

Turnovers continued to be a problem for the Wildcats. In the first half, USC scored 12 points off of Arizona’s 12 turnovers. Arizona scored five points off of USC’s 10 turnovers.

The Wildcats will finish their four-game road series on Sunday at 3 p.m. MST when they take on No. 13 UCLA in Los Angeles.


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