Women’s College Basketball Roundup

Oregon drops Cats to 1-17 in Pac-12

2014-03-03T00:00:00Z 2014-03-04T18:47:08Z Oregon drops Cats to 1-17 in Pac-12Staff and Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
March 03, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The University of Arizona women’s basketball team couldn’t find enough offense down the stretch to keep up with the nation’s highest-scoring team Sunday.

The Wildcats (5-24, 1-17) wrapped up Pac-12 regular-season play with a 90-78 loss to Oregon in Eugene, Ore. UA will next play in the Pac-12 tournament against fifth-seeded USC at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Seattle.

UA trailed Oregon, which averages 93.3 points per game, just 76-70 with four minutes left. But a 10-2 run by the Ducks over the next three minutes put the game away.

Candice Warthen had a game-high 21 points for the Wildcats, whose only Pac-12 win this year came on Feb. 9 against Arizona State at McKale Center. The Wildcats have lost six straight heading into the Pac-12 tournament.

Carissa Crutchfield added 12 points, six steals and five assists for UA, which trailed 46-42 at halftime.

Oregon outrebounded the Wildcats 44-31 and shot 48.4 percent from the field. Jillian Alleyne led the Ducks (15-14, 6-12) with 18 points.

In other Pac-12 tournament games Thursday, Colorado faces UCLA at 1 p.m., Oregon takes on Washington State at 7 p.m. and Washington plays Utah at 9:30 p.m.

Stanford, California, Oregon State and Arizona State have first-round byes.

Oregon State 66, Arizona State 43: In Corvallis, Ore., Ruth Hamblin had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots as Oregon State won big. Deja Mann led ASU with 13 points.

USC 66, Colorado 59: In Boulder, Colo., Ariya Crook scored 18 points and Cassie Harberts added 14 as USC won.

UCLA 62, Utah 52: In Salt Lake City, Nirra Fields scored 22 points as a second-half run helped UCLA top the Utes.

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No. 2 Notre Dame 84, North Carolina St. 60: In Raleigh, N.C., Natalie Achonwa scored 19 points and Notre Dame polished off a perfect regular season.

Jewell Loyd added 18 points for the Fighting Irish (29-0, 16-0 ACC). They shot 56 percent and led by 30 after an overwhelming second-half run.

No. 9 Maryland 87, Virginia Tech 48: In College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in her final home game as Maryland (24-5, 12-4 ACC) defeated Virginia Tech.

No. 10 Tennessee 73, No. 4 South Carolina 61: In Knoxville, Tenn., Isabelle Harrison had 20 points and 15 rebounds as Tennessee (24-5, 13-3 SEC) won.

No. 11 West Virginia 71, No. 6 Baylor 69: In Waco, Texas, Averee Fields hit the go-ahead layup with 12 seconds left and West Virginia (26-3, 15-2 Big 12) beat Baylor, the Lady Bears’ first conference home loss in four years.

No. 12 Kentucky 65, Vanderbilt 63: In Lexington, Ky., DeNesha Stallworth scored 18 points and made two game-clinching free throws to lift Kentucky (22-7, 10-6 SEC).

No. 14 North Carolina 64, No. 7 Duke 60: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Diamond DeShields scored 18 points while fellow freshman Allisha Gray scored all 12 of her points after halftime to help North Carolina (22-8, 10-6 ACC) beat Duke in the teams’ regular-season finale.

No. 19 Purdue 82, No. 16 Nebraska 66: In West Lafayette, Ind., Courtney Moses scored 29 points and Purdue (21-7, 11-5) won.

No. 17 Texas A&M 83, Florida 72: In Gainesville, Fla., Karla Gilbert scored 23 points to lead Texas A&M (23-7, 13-3 SEC).

No. 21 Michigan State 76, Indiana 56: In East Lansing, Mich., Aerial Powers scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Spartans (21-8, 13-3 Big 10) wrapped up a share of the conference title.

No. 25 Iowa 81, Illinois 56: In Champaign, Ill., Theairra Taylor scored 17 points to propel Iowa (23-7, 11-5 Big Ten).

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