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Davellyn Whyte's name is forever immortalized at McKale Center. Davellyn Whyte's name is forever immortalized at McKale Center.
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TUCSON, AZJunior Candice Warthen posted her 10th game in double-digit scoring, but Arizona Women's Basketball (4-11, 0-4) fell to USC (11-6, 4-1), 54-45 on Sunday at McKale Center.

Warthen finished with 12 points to lead UA, while senior Carissa Crutchfield and freshman LaBrittney Jones had nine each and freshman Breanna Workman posted eight.

Former Arizona women's basketball player Davellyn Whyte was inducted into Arizona's Ring of Honor on Sunday, joining three other women's basketball greats in the rafters of McKale Center.

"I made goals for myself, year by year," said Whyte. "The first one was I wanted to be freshman of the year for what was the Pac-10 back then. The overall goal is you just want to be remembered. With that being said, I came in here and knew I had to do something so that people can remember me. I think being in the Ring of Honor, people will remember me."

The Wildcats could use a scorer like Whyte this season. UA dropped in a hole early against the Women of Troy, trailing by as much as 19 with 12 minutes to play in the second half. Arizona rallied and pulled within five points in the final minutes, but the Trojans made key shots and came out on top.

"It's very frustrating; we have opportunities and just didn't capitalize," Arizona Head Coach Niya Butts said. "We held them to 54 points, we should have a chance to win. We're not capitalizing on so many opportunities. We missed fast break layups and fundamental things like that just aren't getting done."

As a team, Arizona forced 18 turnovers and only committed 13 of its own. The Wildcats held All Pac-12 selection Cassie Harberts to eight points, below her season average of 14.9 ppg.

The Wildcats scored a season-low 45 points and only connected on one three-pointer for the first time all season.

"We're always so close," Warthen said. "We need to find it within ourselves that we can do this. We never finish. We have to learn how to do that."

Southern California posted 44 rebounds to Arizona's 33, but defensively, UA held USC to 54 total points, below its season average of 65.5.

"We didn't rebound at all," Workman said. "That makes me upset because that's my position and I have more pride than that. We played good defense, but most of their points in the first half were offensive rebounds."

Junior Alexyz Vaioletama led the Trojans with 16 points and seven rebounds.

The Wildcats will host No. 4 Stanford at McKale Center on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.

"When you have Stanford and California coming up--both those teams are playing well," Butts said. "There's no time to harp on it, we have to prepare and make changes."

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