No. 2 Oregon will face No. 18 Arizona in an intriguing Top-25 matchup in Tucson, Ariz.
Both the Ducks (12-2, 2-1 Pac-12 Conference) and Wildcats (13-2, 2-2) enter the showdown looking to bounce back from painful women's basketball defeats Friday.
Oregon allowed a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter to evaporate during Friday’s 72-66 loss at Arizona State.
Arizona fell 63-61 to No. 3 Oregon State as Mikayla Pivec hit the go-ahead jumper with 1.4 seconds left to keep the Beavers (15-0, 3-0) undefeated.
Sunday’s showdown is scheduled for an early tip at McKale Center (11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks).
“We know that from here on out every team we’re going to play is going to be really great competition,” junior forward Erin Boley said. “We have to bring it at both ends of the floor.”
Oregon shot 49.1% from the field but was only 5-for-18 (27.8%) on 3-pointers against the Sun Devils.
Arizona State was held to 34.4% shooting but Robbi Ryan and Reili Richardson hit two 3s apiece during the Sun Devils’ 14-0 run in the fourth quarter.
Sabrina Ionescu finished with 24 points, Ruthy Hebard had 13 points and Satou Sabally added 10 points.
The rest of the Ducks only contributed 19 points on 7-for-18 (38.9%) shooting.
"I said going into this game that I thought Oregon was possibly the best team in the country," Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne told reporters after the game in Tempe, Ariz. "I also told our team at halftime, if you win, celebrate like you won the national championship because it means you're good enough to.”
With No. 1 UConn losing 74-58 to No. 6 Baylor on Thursday, Oregon had a chance to reclaim the top spot in the Associated Press poll.
Instead, Civil War rival Oregon State has an opportunity to ascend to No. 1 with a win at Arizona State.
The Ducks defeated Arizona 77-63 in the Pac-12 Tournament last season despite a 34-point effort by dynamic guard Aari McDonald.
The Wildcats went on to win the WNIT and started this season 13-0 before their 19-game winning streak ended with a 70-58 loss last Sunday at No. 8 UCLA.
McDonald, the Pac-12’s leading scorer at 19.8 points per game, was held to 15 points on 6-for-21 shooting and missed what would have been a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer against Oregon State.
Oregon has won the last seven meetings with Arizona and 12 of the last 15 in the series.
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