Wildcats Women’s Basketball: Oregon State 64, Arizona 50

Sloppy Cats drop to 0-10 in Pac-12

2014-02-03T00:00:00Z 2014-02-03T00:22:44Z Sloppy Cats drop to 0-10 in Pac-12By Zack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Oh, the turnover. And, the turnovers.

The former has been an on-going theme for the Wildcats this season, with a roster hamstrung with just seven healthy players.

The latter was an issue on Sunday, when Arizona lost its 10th straight game, 64-50 against Oregon State at McKale Center.

With 8:07 left in the first half, Candice Warthen hit a jumper, and the Wildcats trailed the Beavers 26-16.

Soon, Keyahndra Cannon stole the ball, and promptly turned it over.

Then, 24 seconds later, Breanna Workman turned it over.

Then, Carissa Crutchfield.

Then, Kama Griffitts.

Then, Warthen, two more times.

So, in a span of 2 minutes 5 seconds, the Wildcats turned the ball over six times without attempting a shot.

A couple of air balls later, Arizona trailed 30-16 before Crutchfield finally hit a jumper at the 4:27 mark.

“We can’t have stretches where we have six turnovers in a row, and probably more than that if you count the air balls we shot,” coach Niya Butts said. “I don’t think our turnovers were caused because they were putting a ton of pressure on us, it was because it’s just not focusing and being casual with the basketball, and those are the things we can’t afford to do.”

By halftime the score was 35-24. And, just six minutes into the second, the Wildcats fell behind 51-31.

It’s certainly not the first time Arizona struggled in the first half, but this one was particularly painful.

It’s because the Wildcats are 4-17, and because they’ve lost 10 in a row, all in conference. Even worse, in five of their last six — excluding a three-point loss to Utah — they have lost, on average, by 21.2 points per game.

“We’re not playing very smart right now,” Butts said. “We have to get it worked out as quickly as we can, obviously. No one likes to be in a situation where they’re losing and not playing well, so I have confidence that they’re gonna do what they need to do individually.”

Added Workman, who scored 11 points in Sunday’s loss: “The frustrating thing has been not being able to get over that hump. We try to push and we don’t get over the hump, then we get down from it and it gets away from us.”

The Beavers (13-9, 5-5 Pac-12) were without their leading scorer, Jamie Weisner, who missed the game with an injury. Clearly, that didn’t really matter.

It could’ve been worse, though.

Griffitts’ status for the game was in question after she hurt her ankle in a loss to Oregon on Friday.

But, she still suited up, played 34 minutes and scored 11 points. Crutchfield, who had six points, five rebounds and five assists, played 39 minutes. Warthen was on the court for 31 minutes.

Now, the Wildcats only have one day of rest. On Tuesday, they’ll travel to Tempe to take on No. 15 Arizona State.

“We just have to figure some things out and refocus,” Butts said.

Contact reporter Zack Rosenblatt at zrosenblatt@azstarnet.com or 573-4145. On Twitter @ZackBlatt

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington 3 4 0 0.429 14 5 0 0.737
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
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