Arizona needed this game to test its toughness; OR needed this game just to see how good it was/is. Updates with new lead. Jared Sam added 17 points and 10 boards. Ionescu's double-double was her eighth of the season.
What happened next sent the 14,000-plus people in attendance at McKale Center ablaze, as the Brooklyn native soared through the Arizona night-slamming home a reverse dunk to give Arizona a 29-26 lead.
And while the level of play intensified on the court, the added boost from the crowd was felt throughout the team. "No official is ideal but that was probably one they missed".
It wasn't enough to overcome their own shooting woes. In each of their three losses, the Sun Devils have given up an average of 13 offensive rebounds a game, an issue that's disallowed them from closing out long possessions on defense.
"[Oregon's] been the one team that's had some success coming in here, and they have a lot of confidence when they come in here, so we'll definitely be prepared for a battle Saturday", Trier said. "Well, we got zoned tonight and they looked pretty smart for doing it". "I think we will start clicking better throughout the next games".
"This week was not easy, it was tough and we just had to stick through it".More news: 'Tide In, Dirt Out': Deadly Detergent Eating Flashmob Jumps to Dangerous Scale
Now, with conference play in full swing, these struggles are beginning to creep up on them.
Maite Cazorla scored nine with six assists, two steals and two blocked shots for the Ducks (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12 Conference), who didn't start to distance themselves from the Wildcats (4-12, 0-5) until an 18-5 run in the third quarter. With AP Photos.Shannon Evans scored seven of his 22 points in a late 10-0 run and No. 11 Arizona State held on to beat Oregon State 77-75.
Arizona lost any hope for an upset by missing its first 12 shots of the third quarter to see a one-point halftime deficit balloon to 14. After scoring 10 consecutive points, Arizona led 10-3. "Even though we still weren't making shots, we were building a lead because we were defending so well". In that stretch Arizona was able to hit just two field goals (one an alley-oop to Ayton) and a 3-pointer by Trier and the rest were free throws. The Ducks were 21 of 55 overall for 38.2 percent and had a 39-37 edge in rebounds.
"We were coming off losses where doubt creeps in", Rueck said. "Seriously, 12 of 36 and I don't think we took a bad 3 all night".
Hurley echoed those comments saying it was "such a great feeling seeing the building like that and to see those guys push us past the finish line".
After trailing early by seven points, OR rode a 14-2 run to lead 19-14 after one quarter. OR only had a 1-point cushion heading into halftime, 27-26. "A win's a win".More news: Makar Sankranti 2018: Puja timings, rituals and significance of this harvest festival
OR (16-2) shot a season-low.382 but held Arizona to.293 shooting - including a 2-of-18 stretch to open the second half. The Wildcats are undefeated at home this season entering the game with Oregon.
OR should improve on its best-ever No. 8 ranking after midweek losses by No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 6 Tennessee and No. 7 Texas if it beats No. 18 Arizona State for its ninth consecutive win.
The X-Factor for the Oregon Ducks is Paul White. No bench player scored for Arizona.
Stanford 73, Washington 64 - At Seattle, Daejon Davis, a one-time Washington commit, had 16 points, Reid Travis also finished with 16 points, and Stanford completed its first two-game road sweep in conference play in almost eight years with a win over Washington.
"You just can't underestimate that", Miller said of the importance. "She just had one of those nights and unfortunately, it was coupled with a few other of our players having one of those nights". Oregon State cut it to 75-73 on Stephen Thompson's 3 with 32 seconds left.More news: Turkish passenger plane skids off runway metres away from sea
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