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Wildcats swept by Oregon schools

Jesus Barrera
Arizona guard Malena Washington (14) rushes to the hoop in McKale Center on Nov. 10, 2015. Washington recently set a career high with 23 points playing against Washington on Sunday.

Swept by Oregon schools

 It was a weekend to forget for the Arizona women’s basketball team. The Wildcats lost to both Oregon State and Oregon Friday and Sunday, respectively. Neither game was particularly close either, as Arizona lost by a combined 50 points.

Despite the pair of one-sided losses, Malena Washington was a bright spot for the team. She had eight points, four rebounds and two assists against Oregon State and followed that up with a career-high 23-point performance against Oregon. 

The Wildcats have now lost four games in a row and seven of their last eight. Their record now stands at 11-11 overall and 2-8 in Pac-12 Conference play.

3-point discrepancy

The 3-pointers were flying early and often against the Wildcats this past week. Oregon State hit nine of its 18 3-point attempts, seven of which were made in the first half. Oregon made nine 3-pointers against Arizona as well.

Meanwhile, Arizona’s perimeter shooting has been non-existent. Against the Oregon schools, the Wildcats made just seven 3-pointers. 

Being outscored from 3-point land has been a reoccurring theme this season. In 10 Pac-12 games, the Wildcats have made just 26 3-pointers. Yet they’ve allowed 62 in that same time frame. 

L.A. schools come to town

The Wildcats will look to break out of their losing ways this week when they host the Los Angeles schools this weekend.

First up on the schedule are the USC Trojans. With the Wildcats’ tallest rotation player, A’Shanti Coleman, standing at 6-foot-2, it could prove to be difficult for Arizona to slow down USC’s leading scorer and leading rebounder, Temi Fagbenle, who stands at 6-foot-4. 

The Wildcats have lost seven in a row against the Trojans. 

That game will tip off Friday at 8 p.m. in McKale Center.

The No. 15 UCLA Bruins will then make their way to McKale Center on Sunday. The Bruins boast the conference’s best offense, averaging 77.8 points per game. They feature the dynamic backcourt duo of Jordin Canada and Nirra Fields. Both are averaging over 16 points per game this season.

UCLA is also the conference’s best rebounding team, as they average 45.2 rebounds per game. 

The Wildcats are 8-3 at home this season, but the Bruins have beaten them in five straight games.

Tipoff is at 1 p.m.

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