NCAAW: Jones scores career-high 30 in Cats OT win

NCAAW: Jones scores career-high 30 in Cats OT win
(Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics)
(Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics)

TUCSON, AZ - Freshman guard Charise Holloway knocked down what proved to be the game-winning three pointer from the left corner with eight seconds left to play in overtime, while sophomore forward LaBrittney Jones came off the bench and went for a career-high 30 points, as Arizona hung on to defeat Oregon, 81-78 in overtime, Sunday afternoon at McKale Center.

For Jones, the game marked arguably the best performance of her collegiate career, as the 30 points nearly doubled her previous career high of 16 points, as she connected on 10-of-16 shots from the field. She recorded a career-high equaling three blocks for a second consecutive night, while pulling down nine rebounds in the win.

Senior guard Candice Warthen notched her third double-double of the season and the fourth of her career, as she poured in 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, while recording a couple of steals on the afternoon. The performance marks her 14th double-figure scoring game of the season, while she's led Arizona in rebounding on seven different occasions this season.

Warthen moved up on UA's all-time scoring list for the second consecutive outing, as she's now No. 18 on the list (997) and just three points shy of tying Melissa Handley for 17th and reaching the 1,000-point plateau for her career.

Sophomore guard Malena Washington recorded 10 points and five rebounds for her fifth double-figure scoring game of the season, while Holloway contributed eight rebounds and five rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench, including the all-important game winning trey in the closing seconds.

Arizona (8-11, 1-7 Pac-12) received a season-high 44 points from its bench, as opposed to Oregon's (8-11, 1-7 Pac-12) 29 points from its reserves. The Arizona bench has accounted for 45 percent of its total points over its last seven games.

The Wildcats were dominant down low all day, as they pulled down a season-high 53 rebounds to Oregon's 48, while they also won the second-chance point battle 27-20.

The Wildcats will try and string together back-to-back conference victories now, as they'll head to Salt Lake City to take on Utah next Friday at 7 pm MST. The game can be heard locally on KTUC 1400 AM.

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