Women's basketball outscored 19-0 in fourth quarter, lose to No. 7 Oregon

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Madeleine Viceconte | The Daily Wildcat

Guard Bryce Nixon (24) shoots a three-pointer during the game against USC on Friday, Jan. 25 at McKale Center. Arizona won 71-68. 

In the second-to-last game of the regular season, the Arizona Wildcat women’s basketball team dropped to a three-game losing streak, losing to No. 7 Oregon 83-54  in McKale Center Friday night.

What was a relatively close game most of the evening turned into a 29-point loss for the Wildcats after a disastrous fourth quarter in which the Ducks outscored the ‘Cats 19-0.

When asked what type of positive she could take away from a loss like this, head coach Adia Barnes said the fourth quarter wasn’t an indication of how her team competed.

“The score isn’t an indication of how the game really went,” she said. “I think the difference between good teams, and really good teams, or top ten teams, is they’re always ready. You never can relax.”

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After watching the first quarter, you wouldn’t have been able to guess that the Ducks beat the ‘Cats by 33 in their first matchup earlier this season. The teams traded buckets for a majority of the quarter, with the Wildcats holding a lead at one point. At the end though, Oregon went into the second quarter with a 20-16 advantage. 

Early in the second, it seemed as though the Ducks were going to run away with it, jumping out to a 27-18 lead. A 6-0 run from the Wildcats brought the game to within three, but a late 9-0 run from Oregon put them in the driver's seat, as they headed into the halftime locker room with a 40-32 lead.



The third quarter saw the Ducks jump out to another big lead, this time 17, but the Wildcats once again weathered a 9-0 run from Oregon, and at the end of three found themselves down a manageable 64-54.

In the fourth quarter, the Ducks were too much for the ‘Cats. The game was almost the total opposite of the last time the teams played, in which Oregon jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter before the Wildcats hung with them. This time, the game was close until the last quarter of the game.

Redshirt sophomore Aari McDonald added to her single-season scoring record, with 26 points on 50 percent shooting, adding five assists and four rebounds.

Other than McDonald, no Wildcat had double-digit points, and the Arizona bench didn’t score a single point, shooting a combined 0-9.

With one game left, Arizona currently sits at an overall record of 17-11. The Wildcats will finish off their 2018-19 regular season when they take on No. 9 Oregon State on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m.


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