When it worked for one half, the Wildcats' zone defense appeared to be a stroke of genius.
Arizona pulled out a 90-83 win over OR with Ayton collecting 24 points and seven rebounds, and Trier scoring 25 with six rebounds.
"We've always been the underdog and fought every year I've been here", the senior forward said after arguably his best game as a Duck when he scored 13 points in 13 minutes.
"Teams are slowing the game down against us, really taking their time on offense, having really long possessions, and everybody has been playing match-up zone", Trier said. "I think we've beaten a few good ones, Davis was a good team, the Washingtons are good, (but) we (hadn't) beaten a great team yet and in order to do that we have to relax, we have to calm down, we have to be poised and we have to focus on execution". "We just played as a team, that was the biggest thing". "Credit them. They played their butts off". Borislava Hristova scored 14 points on a poor shooting night (5 for 19). Kat Wright added 12 points and Jalea Bennett had 10. The Cardinal led 45-17 at halftime.
OR struggled to find the range on offense, shooting 38 percent (21 of 55) from the floor and 33 percent (12 of 36) from 3-point range, but the Ducks' defense clamped down and held the Wildcats to 29-percent shooting from the floor, including 3 of 18 from distance (17 percent).
#14 UCLA 81, Utah 74: Michaela Onyenwere and Jordin Canada scored 20 points each to lead the visiting Bruins.
The win moved UA to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-12, while OR dropped to 12-6 and 2-3. He's second in the Pac-12 with a 65.0 field goal percentage and 3.1 offensive boards a game. She also grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out four assists.
Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 21 points for the Beavers (10-7, 2-3), matching his career best with five 3s (in 10 attempts).
The Beavers, who are 2-2 in conference, 10-6 overall and have won eight of their last 11 games and have held their last four opponents to less than 70 points, including holding the Arizona Wildcats to 62 points Thursday. Her left-handed drive on three defenders with 40 seconds left in the game gave the Beavers a 56-54 lead. Elijah Brown had 18 points and hit two free throws with 32 seconds left for Oregon. But the Sun Devils have yet to find their footing in Pac-12 play and are now 13-3 overall and 1-3 in conference after a 76-72 home loss to OR on Thursday.
Evans made two free throws and a driving layup, then capped it with a 3-pointer in the 10-0 surge that put Arizona State ahead 73-68 with 1:07 remaining.
WSU shot 34 percent from the field, compared with 46.9 percent for Stanford. Asha Thomas added 14 points and eight assists, while Mikayla Cowling scored two points on 1-of-7 shooting, but added 11 assists, six rebounds and three steals.
Kwinton Hinson provided a Cougar spark with seven points, seven rebounds and six assists in 26 minutes of play.