Thursday, April 18

Arizona women’s basketball regains touch, gets past USC on Senior Day

P.J. Brown

Guard Bendu Yeaney #23 of the Arizona Wildcats roars after drawing a foul during the game against the USC Trojans at McKale Center on February 26, 2022 in Tucson, Arizona.

The Wildcats needed to get their magic back.

Taylor Chavez helped them find it. The UA guard hit 5 of 7 3-point attempts for a season-high 18 points as the 12th-ranked Wildcats celebrated Senior Day with a 68-59 win over USC on Saturday.

The victory gave Arizona 20 wins for the fourth consecutive season. Boasting a 10-6 Pac-12 record, Arizona secured a No. 4 seed and first-round bye in next week’s Pac-12 Tournament. They’ll play either No. 5 Colorado or No. 12 Washington in Thursday’s Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals. USC (12-15, 5-12) will face UCLA in its first-round matchup.

“This is a really good one for us,” UA coach Adia Barnes said.

Along the way, Arizona showed it can win without Cate Reese, who separated her shoulder in Sunday’s loss at Washington State. Barnes said the UA could get her back in time for the Pac-12 Tournament.

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