Arizona guard Carissa Crutchfield, right, slams into USC's Alexyz Vaioletama in the first half. Crutchfield had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Cats, who have dropped 11 of 12 games.


The Arizona Wildcats have a new slump to contend with, and USC's streak of futility is gone.

Cassie Harberts scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Trojans defeated the UA 74-62 Friday night in McKale Center.

USC (9-19 overall, 6-11 Pac-12) snapped an eight-game losing streak. The Wildcats (12-16, 4-13) have dropped three games in a row, including a pair to rival Arizona State last week, and 11 of their last 12.

"We have found a way to lose a game in every way possible we can," UA coach Niya Butts said. "That's frustrating."

The Trojans out-rebounded the Wildcats 52-32, pulled down 30 offensive boards and scored 20 second-choice points.

Butts said a lack of mental focus and toughness were factors in Friday's loss.

"If I can pinpoint outside of saying, 'We're not being very tough, we're not being very physical and we're not making the plays, we're a fraction late to the loose balls," she said. "... If I knew what that was, we wouldn't do it."

UA senior guard Davellyn Whyte, playing in her second-to-last home game, scored 13 points and dished nine assists. Forward Erica Barnes added 15 points.

UA will end its regular season Sunday with a 1 p.m. game against visiting UCLA.

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• What: UCLA at Arizona

• When: 1 p.m. Sunday

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