SEATTLE — Another late drought doomed the Arizona women’s basketball team.
UA scored only five points in the final 7:41 Thursday in falling to USC 59-54 in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.
The 12th-seeded Wildcats (5-25) finished the year by tying a school record for losses. UA went 1-17 in the Pac-12 regular season, beating only Arizona State.
Ariya Crook scored 19 points, including three free throws in the final 30 seconds, as fifth-seeded USC (19-12) held on down the stretch.
Carissa Crutchfield hit a three-pointer with 7:41 to play, pulling Arizona within 52-49, but the Wildcats made just 1 of 8 field goals the rest of the way.
Despite UA’s lack of offense in the final minutes, USC couldn’t pull away, and the Wildcats cut the lead to 56-54 with 32 seconds left on a pair of LaBrittney Jones free throws.
Arizona wouldn’t score again however, and Crook made 3 of 4 free throws.
Kama Griffitts paced the Wildcats with 13 points and seven rebounds. Crutchfield added 12 points and Jones scored 10.
Alexyz Vaioletama pulled down 12 rebounds and Cassie Harberts grabbed 11 for USC, which out-rebounded Arizona 41-30, including 12-4 on the offensive glass. Kate Oliver scored 12 in the win.
USC will play No. 4 seed Arizona State (22-8) in the quarterfinals today.
In other Pac-12 tournament games Thursday in Seattle:
Colorado 76, UCLA 65: Brittany Wilson scored 17 points and had a steal in the final minute that blunted a late rally by UCLA as ninth-seeded Colorado defeated the eighth-seeded Bruins.
The win advances Colorado (17-13) to a quarterfinal game with No. 5-ranked and top-seeded Stanford (28-2) today.
Fields scored 24 to lead UCLA with Atonye Nyingifa adding 13 and Madeline Brooks 12.
Ashley Wilson scored 16 for Colorado.
Washington State 107, Oregon 100: The seventh-seeded Cougars scored 59 in the first half and 48 in the second to advance to face No. 3-seeded Oregon State today.
Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley each scored 31 points for the Cougars (16-15). Chrishae Rowe led Oregon with 29.
Utah at Washington: Late.