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Wildcat women fall to Oregon at home

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TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 8 Oregon (27-4, 16-2) secured the Pac-12 regular season championship on Sunday afternoon with a win over the Arizona Wildcats (6-23, 2-16 Pac-12) by a score of 74-61. Ruthy Hebard led the way for the Ducks with 24 points and nine rebounds.

Oregon shot well from the field, making 49% of their shots and forced Arizona to shoot 38% as well. Sabrina Ionescu also had a nice game, pitching in 18 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and Lexi Bando made four three-pointers in the fourth quarter to score 15 points on the day. As a team, the Ducks made 11 three-pointers and outrebounded Arizona 38-25.

For Arizona, Sam Thomas scored in double-figures for the 16th time this season as she scored 17 points. Senior JaLea Bennett reached the 900-point mark today after scoring 14 and has 913 career points. Fellow senior Kat Wright knocked down three three-pointers for 12 points and now has 200 career three-pointers. Destiny Graham scored 12 points as well.

Thomas got out to an exceptional start in the first quarter for Arizona, scoring nine of their 13 points in the first 10 minutes. Oregon made four three-pointers in the first period themselves to give the Ducks a 19-13 lead after one. Oregon extended their lead to 10 going into halftime with a score of 33-23 on the back of Hebard’s 13 points.

The Ducks pulled away in the third quarter, extending their lead all the way to 19 at one point and would head to the fourth up 54-41. In the fourth quarter, Arizona fought to hang in there and cut the lead to five at one point, but in the end, Oregon was too much and came away with the victory.

Next up for the Wildcats is the Pac-12 Tournament in Seattle, which begins on Thursday, March 1.

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