No. 10 Arizona achieved its first victory at Oregon in 10 years dating to the 2010-11 season in its 79-59 statement win Monday night over the No. 11 Ducks in an ESPN2 broadcast.
The Wildcats (12-2, 10-2 Pac-12) also earned their first season sweep of the Ducks (12-4, 9-4) in 10 years.
After having five straight games postponed due to COVID-19 issues with opponents and within the Arizona program, the Wildcats had their ups and downs.
They managed to take a 33-32 into the half with both teams shooting 41 percent from the field. After that, it was all Wildcats as they held the Ducks to 32 percent shooting form the field.
Previously in her career, Arizona star Aari McDonald was lights out against the Ducks, one of the nation’s best programs, with a scoring average of 24 points.
Monday night wasn’t one of those games for McDonald, who struggled to find her shot, going 4-for-16 from the field for 13 points while collecting six rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.
With McDonald having an off night shooting, it was junior forward Cate Reese who rose to the challenge playing against Oregon’s physical frontcourt with 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting while going 3-for-3 from deep. She also colleged six rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes.
Sam Thomas gave Arizona a needed lift throughout the game, hitting clutch shot after clutch shot, ending the game with 14 points on 3-of-5 shooting from behind the 3-point line. She had four rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes.
— Arizona Women’s Basketball (@ArizonaWBB) February 9, 2021
Here are Reese and Thomas talking about getting the program’s first road win in Oregon for in 10 years and discussing what halftime adjustments were made to walk away with the victory:
In the third quarter, Arizona made its run shooting an outstanding 75 percent from the field while going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Wildcats held the Ducks to 31 percent shooting from the field for the quarter where they outscored Oregon 27-14.
Arizona shot 51 percent from the field and went 9-for-15 from beyond the arc while holding Oregon to 3-of-15 shooting from deep.
The Wildcats didn’t force as many turnovers (six) as they usually do but won the battle of the boards 42-37 against a formidable Ducks frontcourt.
Here’s Adia Barnes talking about what she liked from her team’s performance and discussing how they can improve moving forward as the season is coming down to the final stretch:
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.