Associated Press
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 23, 1998

Arizona women upset, fall to second in Pac-10

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Natalie Hughes hit a jump shot with 2.6 seconds as Oregon overcame a 14-point deficit to upset No. 7 Arizona 68-66 on Thursday night.

The Ducks (9-6), who led by as many as seven points late in the game, saw their lead erased when Adia Barnes' outside jumper tied the game at 66-66 with 27 seconds remaining.

Hughes scored five of Oregon's final seven points and the Ducks, who defeated then-No. 13 Washington 76-59 last Thursday, got their second win in a week over a ranked opponent.

Natasha O'Brien had a career-high 22 points off the bench, while Brianne Meharry added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Ducks.

Barnes led the Wildcats (11-4) with 27 points, while Reshea Bristol had 11 and Marte Alexander and Monika Crank each contributed 10.

The Ducks trailed 38-27 at the half. In the second half, Oregon outshot Arizona 59 percent to 38 percent.

Oregon opened the second half with a 12-2 run. O'Brien's 3-pointer with 14:26 to go tied the game at 42-42.

O'Brien who had 14 of her points in the second half, scored the Ducks' next seven points, including another 3-pointer as the Ducks built a 49-45 lead with 9:24 to play.

Hughes' free throw with 3:13 left in the game gave the Ducks their biggest lead at 62-55 before Barnes tied the game with a 15-footer.

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