Jones leads Arizona women past UO
SEATTLE — LaBrittney Jones made 10 of 14 shots and scored 26 points — 16 in the second half — and 11th-seeded Arizona defeated sixth-seeded Oregon 74-68 in the first round of the Pac-12 basketball tournament on Thursday.
It was the second-straight win for the Wildcats (13-18) after an 11-game losing streak, and their first since it was announced coach Niya Butts would not be returning next season. They play third-seeded and 12th-ranked UCLA in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Breanna Workman and Malena Washington added 14 apiece for Arizona.
Two jumpers by Workman followed by a 3-pointer for Washington which started a 9-0 run, and Jones hit a 3 just before halftime to give Arizona a 36-24 lead at the break. The Wildcats hit 6 of 7 behind the arc and shot 54 percent before intermission.
The Ducks whittled it to 67-64 after two free throws by Jacinta Vandenberg with 2:16 to play but free throws allowed the Wildcats to wrap it up.
Oregon (20-10) lost its third straight since losing leading scorer and rebounder Jillian Alleyne to a knee injury. Lexi Peterson had 23 points, Maite Cazorla added 19 and Vandenberg finished with 14 for Oregon.
No. 14 MARYLAND 81, ILLINOIS 55: At College Park, Md., Melo Trimble and Jake Layman scored 18 points each, and Maryland closed out its home schedule with its best game in weeks. Jared Nickens and Robert Carter Jr. had 14 points apiece for the Terrapins, who never trailed. Maryland (24-6, 12-5 Big Ten) had lost three of four since climbing to No. 2 in the AP poll in early February. Trimble made half of his 14 shots, collected eight rebounds and added five assists. The standout sophomore guard was 11 for 37 from the field over the previous four games.
No. 18 ARIZONA 64, No. 25 CALIFORNIA 61: At Tucson, Ariz., Gabe York made two 3-pointers in the final minute, the last to give his team the lead with 19 seconds to play, and Arizona scored the final 11 points of the game. York scored all 19 of his points in the second half as the Wildcats (23-7, 11-6) moved into a tie for third with Cal (21-9, 11-6) in the Pac-12, although the Bears still hold the tiebreaker for seeding in the conference tournament. Ryan Anderson had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Arizona, which had lost two straight, while Kaleb Tarczewski added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
No. 24 SMU 80, UCONN 54: At Dallas, SMU's Sterling Brown scored 20 points in the final home game for seniors Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy, the only players with coach Larry Brown for all four of his seasons during an incredible turnaround for the Mustangs. Moore had 16 points and four assists in his 99th career game for the Mustangs, while Kennedy had only four points but a career-high nine assists. Jordan Tolbert, another senior in his final SMU home game, had 14 points and seven rebounds.