Ionescu, Hebard lead No. 8 Oregon women past Arizona 62-44

  • Ionescu, Hebard lead No. 8 Oregon women past Arizona 62-44

Ionescu, Hebard lead No. 8 Oregon women past Arizona 62-44

OR outscored Arizona 18-5 in the third quarter. No. 17 Arizona had its second-lowest point total of the season in a 62-53 victory over the Beavers on Thursday. "We had to protect our home court".

Arizona had their best run in the 1st Quarter with 6:57 on the clock. Overall, both teams are 13-5.

Oregon's Lexi Bando, the nation's leading active 3-point shooter at 45.8 percent, made her last two attempts to finish 3 of 10 from the arc. He's second in the Pac-12 with a 65.0 field goal percentage and 3.1 offensive boards a game.

OR scored 10 consecutive points with 3:37 left in the 3rd Quarter, making the game 37-26 in favor of Oregon.

For the visiting Lions, Brett Blackstock scored 26 points.

"The last 4 minutes were the difference", said OR guard Payton Pritchard, who had 12 points and seven assists.

The Sun Devils shot 22 of 63 (35 percent) but made six three-pointers to just one for Oregon State.

Payton Pritchard scored 18 points and hit two free throws with 13.8 seconds left, helping OR hold off No. 11 Arizona State 76-72 on Thursday night. OR had 15 offensive rebounds and 38 points in the paint Thursday. However, the Ducks quickly put out the fire and scrapped together a 19-9 run to end the first half.

OR shot 38.1 percent from the field in its eighth consecutive victory, holding UA to 29.3 percent.

The Wildcats found their offense in the second half, scoring 41 points in the game's final 20 minutes. OR took its turn, tying the game at 55-all.

Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller yells toward a Wildcat player during the second half of the No. 17 University of Arizona Wildcats vs. University of Oregon Ducks men's college basketball game at McKale Center on January 13, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz.

The game was high-scoring with plenty of highlight-reel plays, an incredible feat considering how many times the game was stopped by whistles. Evans is an 86-percent shooter at the free-throw line.

"Our ability to make free throws was the difference in the game", Arizona coach Sean Miller said.

Arizona State scored 90 or more points in nine of its first 12 games but is averaging 77.8 points in the Pac-12, 10 points fewer than its season average.

Sam Thomas had 14 points to lead the Wildcats (4-12, 0-5).

OR has five players scoring in double figures this season, but only six Ducks scored against Arizona. The senior forward from Australia had a blocked shot shortly after entering the game and energized the crowd with a thunderous dunk in the first half. Pinder contributed two blocks and a steal, but his minutes were crucial especially when Dusan Ristic got into foul trouble.

"I just have to stay ready", Pinder said. Things got a little dicey when OR went up 75-71 around the five-minute mark.

OR heads to Southern California to face USC on Thursday and UCLA next Saturday. No bench player scored for Arizona.