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UA women tied for 1st in Pac-10

The Associated Press

• The Wildcats hand Oregon its first home loss since Nov. 16, 1998.

The Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. – University of Arizona senior guard Felecity Willis got off to a slow start last night against the Oregon Ducks, scoring just two points in 15 minutes of action.

But Willis scored 17 points in the second half, nine in the final three minutes, as No. 19 Arizona defeated Oregon 73-66 in a Pacific-10 Conference game.

The win moved the Wildcats (17-3 overall, 6-2 Pac-10) into a three-way tie for first place with Stanford and UCLA.

It was the first loss at McArthur Court for the Ducks (14-6, 5-3) since Colorado State beat them 72-70 on Nov. 16, 1998.

”I think our only other win here was my freshman year, so that feels great,” Willis said. ”We just did it within ourselves and we didn’t let the crowd rile us.”

Angela Lackey added 17 points for Arizona. Brianne Meharry led the Ducks with 19 points and six rebounds.

After Arizona blew a 13-point second-half lead, the Ducks took a 58-57 lead with 3 1/2 minutes to play when Nicole Strange hit a medium-range jumper.

But Willis responded with a layup at the other end to give the lead back to the Wildcats, and Arizona added five more points during a 15second span to lead 64-58 with just over two minutes to go.

Willis made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 80 seconds to hold off the Ducks.

”The biggest thing is we didn’t fold,” Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini said. ”We had a lot of people contribute.”

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