Junior forward Cate Reese of the No. 10 Arizona Wildcats (12-2, 10-2 Pac-12) tied a season-high with 25 points as her team swept the No. 11 Oregon Ducks (12-4, 9-4 Pac-12) with a convincing 79-59 victory on Monday night in Eugene, Ore.
✅ First time sweeping Oregon in 10 years— Arizona Women's Basketball (@ArizonaWBB) February 9, 2021
✅ 10-2 in conference play
✅ 20-point win on national television pic.twitter.com/7ePxjihSNS
The Wildcats, who were playing their first game in 17 days due to the pandemic, led by just one at halftime, but used a 13-0 run from 3:54 to 0:27 in the third quarter to pull away. The run started with a 3-pointer from Helena Pueyo, which was followed by a nice mid-range baseline jumper from Reese that made it 52-43.
Oregon’s Te-Hina Paopao ended the run with the final say of the third on a 3-pointer, but the damage had been done. The Wildcats led by 14 entering the fourth and led by at least that much throughout the final frame.
Reese scored nine points in the third and had seven in each of the first two quarters. She scored Arizona’s first seven points of the second and seven of its first 10 in the first. She was 3-of-3 from distance in the contest after going 3-of-9 over the course of the first 13 games of the season.
Arizona senior Sam Thomas added 14 points and was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, while fellow seniors Trinity Baptiste and Aari McDonald chipped in with 13 point apiece for the winners. Redshirt sophomore Nyara Sabally led Oregon with 17 points. Baptiste had a game-high seven rebounds, while Paopao dished out a game-high five assists.
The Wildcats shot 75 percent from the field in the third and 50.8 percent overall compared to 32.4 percent for the Ducks. They were also 9-of-15 from long range compared to the Ducks’ 3-of-15 effort.
Arizona, which defeated Oregon 57-41 on Jan. 14, started the game on an 8-0 run and also led 21-11 before Oregon closed out the first quarter with an 8-0 run of its own. The second quarter was close throughout.
Wildcat junior Bendu Yeaney left the game in the fourth with a shoulder injury, but head coach Adia Barnes said that she will be able to play in the team’s next game on Friday.
Arizona: 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 12 vs. Washington State Cougars
Oregon: 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 12 vs. California Golden Bears