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It takes two (OT's) to make a thing go right

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Ashley Young

It takes two (OT's) to make a thing go right

How Oregon won: It wasn't easy and it was pretty, but the Oregon Ducks managed a huge win in front of their screaming Ducks fans at Matthew Knight Arena Friday night. The Ducks had to fight fire with fire, grit with grit, for a full 40 minutes, and that still wasn't enough against the USC Trojans. In fact, it took 50 minutes, two overtime thrillers, another PERFECT shooting from the field game from sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard, and a few clutch three-pointers from senior guard Lexi Bando for the No. 9 Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) to down the USC Trojans (17-9, 7-8 Pac-12) 80-74. 

Oregon coach Kelly Graves said, "We weren't at our best tonight, but give USC credit, they played hard. I thought in that first half, we just didn't take care of the ball and when made them play in the half court, we did a great job. But we can't give up those layups in transition. Or stupid turnovers. Down the stretch we made a couple key stops, and I thought maybe we're the more conditioned in that second ovetime. I thought we looked a little fresher, they made some mental and physical mistakes, and we were lucky enough to capitalize on the win."

What it means: The Ducks recorded 24 team turnovers, gave up 31 points off those turnovers, had the ball stolen 19 times, and still won the game, granted it took two overtime's. Those two statments don't always mix in a positive way. Oregon started off with two turnovers on bad passes down low that lead to open layups for the Trojans. Not a good start for Graves and the Ducks. Oregon had zero fastbreak points compared to USC's 17. They will have to maintain better control of the ball with the season rapidly coming to a close and the Ducks needing every win to secure that No. 1 seed heading into the Pac-12 tournament the first week of March. 

USC gets after loose balls, plays tough, pressure on-ball defense, and tries to get in its opponents heads. And it worked. Oregon only scored five points in the second quarter, and struggled in its final possessions to even get a good look at the hoop. 

Bando said, "They're a team that we kind of don't like to play because of the turnovers they do cause. You know, the fast paced game. But we pulled out the win and you just got to move past this and just be happy with it for tonight."

High flying Ducks: Ruthy Hebard finished another night of perfect shooting. Hebard records 27 points on 12-for-12 from the field and added 10 rebounds. That brings her total points to 86 points over the last three games. Junior guard Maite Cazorla finished with 17 points hitting 4-for-7 from three-point range. Sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu, who was shadowed the whole night, was kept to a quiet 15 points but also grabbed nine rebounds. Bando finished with 11 points going 3-of-5 from three-point range.

Foul play: Mallory McGwire finished with four fouls.

Up next: Oregon stays home to host the No. 7 UCLA Bruins (21-5, 12-3 Pac-12) at 7 PM (PT) on Monday night at Matthew Night Arena.

No. 9 Oregon sets up camp in the paint behind Hebard's 30-points

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No. 9 Oregon sets up camp in the paint behind Hebard's 30-points

How Oregon won: Ruthy Hebard put on an absolute clinic on the inside. The Ducks made their presence know in the paint and utilized a size and height advantage over a smaller Washington lineup. Swift ball movement around the perimeter allowed gaps under the hoop for Hebard to set up camp. Hebard finishes with a career-high 30 points on 13-of-15 shooting, and 14 rebounds, to lead No. 9 Oregon (22-4, 11-2 Pac-12) past the Washington Huskies (7-17, 1-12 Pac-12) 76-63 in Seattle, WA.

What it means: Oregon coach Kelly Graves made the right halftime adjustments to really open up the second half for the Ducks. This was a close game through one and a half quarters. Both teams got off to a hot start shooting, but Oregon started to let up with five turnovers, most of which coming on entry passes into the inside. Washington settled down and into a groove on its home court. 

But the Ducks went on a 13-2 run to close out the second quarter and took a 33-27 lead over the Huskies into halftime. From that point on, and from those halftime adjustments from coach Graves on, the Ducks stuck to the paint and continued to pound the ball inside to Hebard and sophomore Mallory McGwire, who finished with eight points.

Part of the reason why the paint was so open for the Ducks was the steady hands of junior guard Maite Cazorla, who not only displayed a calm demeanor but finished with 11 assists and zero turnovers. A positive sign for Graves and the Ducks to have such a stable guard leading the charge and setting the pace. She also finished with eight points.

A relatively quiet night for sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu who finished with 10 points and five assists.  

High flying Ducks: Alongside Hebard’s double-double, junior Oti Gildon also got involved down low and finished with nine points. Freshman Aina Ayuso saw some minutes towards the end of the fourth quarter and finished with six points shooting 2-of-4 from three-point range.

Foul play: Ayuso finished with three fouls.

Up next: The Ducks stay on the road to face the Washington State Cougars (10-15, 3-10 Pac-12) at 1 PM (PT)

In the end, it was all Stanford. No. 6 Oregon drops to the Cardinal

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In the end, it was all Stanford. No. 6 Oregon drops to the Cardinal

How Oregon lost: A nine-point lead heading into halftime wasn’t enough for the No. 6 Oregon Ducks to hold off the No. 24 Stanford Cardinal. At halftime, Ducks coach Kelly Graves warned his team that an experienced, 2017 Final Four team, Stanford would fight back until the clock hit 0:00. And that is exactly what happened. In the final five minutes, Stanford closed out on an 11-0 run and forced four Oregon turnovers. Oregon (21-4, 10-2 Pac-12) lost to the Cardinal (16-8, 10-2 Pac-12) 78-65 on their home court at Matthew Knight Arena.

Stanford senior guard Brittany McPhee completely took over in the second half. Oregon did a good job containing McPhee in the first half, limiting her to just two points, but McPhee came alive in the second half and finished with 33 points, hitting 14-of-22 shots and 3-of-3 from three-point range.

Sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu said, “There were a lot of things we could’ve done differently, but I think we contained her pretty well in the first half. Our coaches told us ‘She’s a senior, she was going to come out and punch us’ and she did and we didn’t punch back. I think that’s something we’re going to grow and continue to learn from. She had a heck of a game so props to her.”

What it means: With five minutes left and Oregon down 67-65, Stanford went on a commanding 11-0 run to finish out the game. During that run, Oregon was all out of sorts struggling to find any offensive rhythm, committed four turnovers, and along with being unable to slow down McPhee. 

“I don’t know. I don’t know what else to say. It’s not like they pressure you,” said Graves. We just made some poor decisions I think once in awhile. Sabrina is a phenomenal player and once in awhile she just tries to do just a little bit too much and they [Stanford] play to a great scout. That’s the one thing about Stanford, you got to beat them, they won’t beat themselves. Ever.” 

A learning curve that a young Ducks squad will have to overcome moving into the second half of conference play.

High flying Ducks: Ionescu lead the Ducks in scoring with 22 points hitting 4-of-6 from three-point range, grabbed seven rebounds and seven assists. Sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Satou Sabally finished with 14 points.

Foul play: Ionescu committed four fouls.

Up next: Oregon hits the road north to face the Washington Huskies (7-16, 1-11 Pac-12) at 8 PM (PT) this Friday.

Forecast: Oregon REIGN. No. 6 Oregon drops 91 on No. 24 CAL

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Forecast: Oregon REIGN. No. 6 Oregon drops 91 on No. 24 CAL

How Oregon won: A championship-caliber game on both ends of the court for the No. 6 nationally ranked Oregon Ducks. Although the Ducks kept their foot on the gas the whole way on the offensive side of the ball pouring in 91 points, this was quite the defensive stand. Oregon limited California to 38.2% shooting from the field and completely shut down the Bears’ and debatable conference’s star forward Kristine Anigwe to just six points and getting her into foul trouble. This all-around complete team effort gave Oregon (21-3, 10-1 Pac-12) it’s 10th conference win this season with a 91-54 rout over the No. 24 California Golden Bears (15-7, 6-5 Pac-12).

“I think we’re definitely starting to get to know each other more, get to know the system more, and I think that I’ve noticed that we can play very good defense for 40 minutes, we are going to be very hard to beat,” said sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu. Offensively, I think we’re in a very good place right now at this point in the season, but defensively we have to continue to stay focused for 40 minutes and really dial in and know their personnel and know what we’re running. If we do, I think games are going to turn out like they did tonight.”

Ionescu was five rebounds shy of another triple-double, but still managed an impressive 28 point and 11 rebound double-double. 

The Ducks only turned the ball over six times and caused 13 Bears’ turnovers while grabbing 21 points off those turnovers.

What it means: The Ducks bench ran DEEP tonight. Graves gave each one of his players minutes, and they were not wasted. It was a group effort from start to finish and allowing some of the bench players to get in some quality minutes towards the end of the game will only benefit the Ducks in the home stretch and post season play. 

Graves said, “I think what makes this team really special is on any given night, it’s just another player and some nights lots of different players. We got contributions tonight from a lot of different players and that’s what makes us hard to guard just because you can’t focus on taking away this option or that option or this player or that player, you got to guard usually five players on the court…”

Freshman guard Anneli Maley, known for her crashing the boards and aggressive play, got into rhythm tonight on the offensive side of the ball tonight too and finished with nine points, all from three-point range. 

High flying Ducks: Alongside Ionescu’s double-double, sophomore Ruthy Hebard had herself a double-double as well finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Satou Sabally, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week this past week, finished with 10 points. 

Foul play: Sabally finished the game with four fouls.

Up next: Oregon hosts No. 25 Stanford (15-8, 9-2 Pac-12) at 12 PM (PT) this Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.

OH MY, MAITE! Cazorla's 21 points powers No. 7 Oregon past Utah

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OH MY, MAITE! Cazorla's 21 points powers No. 7 Oregon past Utah

How Oregon won: Oh my, Maite. Junior guard Maite Cazorla, who suffered hand injury (shooting hand but diagnosed as no break) at Colorado last Friday night, didn’t seem to be hurting today vs. the Utah Utes. Cazorla was all over the place on the offensive end catching fire from three-point range and was relentless driving to the hoop. She finished with 21 points, a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range. It was exactly what the Ducks needed as this game was up-and-down from start to finish. Cazorla’s performance sparked an Oregon (20-3, 9-1 Pac-12) win over the Utah Utes (14-7, 5-5 Pac-12) 84-68 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

What it means: The Ducks defense was on lockdown. Utah’s leading scorer senior forward Emily Potter was neutralized from start to finish holding Potter to five points. Utah’s first field goal came with just under five minutes left in the first quarter. What started on the defensive end quickly turned into a Ducks 19-point lead early on thanks to good shooting from junior guard Mate Cazorla and sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard using her size down low.

But Utah began to slowly crawl its way back into the game by pushing the tempo and finally hitting outside shots. Pair that with five second quarter turnovers for the Ducks, and just like that Oregon’s lead dwindled down to three, 31-28. A well-timed timeout for Oregon head coach Kelly Graves to regroup his team, and the Ducks didn’t look back from there.

The first three Oregon players reached double figures in scoring didn't include sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu. That is a good sign for the Ducks. Even without senior guard Lexi Bando in the lineup (suffered leg injury before Oregon State on January 19th), Oregon still shows depth and that scoring can come from other players besides the triple-double queen Ionescu.

Speaking of triple-doubles, the NCAA record holder Ionescu records her ninth career triple-double, fifth this season, finished today with 19 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds.

High flying Ducks: Satou Sabally was balling. The freshman forward’s 13-point first half performance kept Oregon in the lead, even with several momentum swings on both sides of the ball. Sabally finished with 15 points and four rebounds. Hebard finished with 15 points and six rebounds.

Oregon found a spark off the bench in the second quarter with redshirt freshman forward Lydia Giomi getting involved down low with an and-1 and with sharp shooting from freshman guard Aina Ayuso. 

Foul play: Hebard found foul trouble early and finished with four fouls. Ionescu and sophomore forward Mallory McGwire finished with four fouls each.

Up next: The Ducks return home to host the California Golden Bears (13-5, 6-3 Pac-12) at 8PM this Friday at Matthew Knight Arena.

No. 7 Oregon takes ROUND TWO of the CIVIL WAR

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No. 7 Oregon takes ROUND TWO of the CIVIL WAR

How Oregon won: A beautifully designed and executed game plan by Oregon coach Kelly Graves and his team. The Ducks showed that they learned their lesson from Friday night’s Civil War round one 85-79 loss in Corvallis, OR. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to that game. Beavers’ guard Kat Tudor goes off from three-point range and finishes with 34 points. Oregon State shot a perfect 7-for-7 from three-point land before finally missing one. And Beavers’ center Marie Gulich was just a force down low getting second-chance points and finishing with 28 points that night. 

But tonight, in front of 7,249 screaming fans at Matthew Knight Arena, was a different story. 

The Ducks shut down the Beavers by trapping their guards in the corners as the ball crossed mid court doing anything to make their offense uncomfortable. As Gulich got the ball down low, she was immediately met by a double team of Ducks forcing the ball out of her hands. And Tudor, who still finished with 17 points, definitely had a more hands in her face and less open looks thanks to glue defense from freshman Anneli Maley. 

The No. 7 Oregon Ducks (18-3, 7-1 Pac-12) took round two of the Civil War series 75-63 over in-state rival the No. 18 Oregon State Beavers (14-5, 5-3 Pac-12).

“We were just so focused and I think that’s what it just comes down to,” said Oregon sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu. “Physically I know we are able to defend them, and any team, but I think mentally we have lapses here and there. We are still young but it’s not an excuse. I think mentally we came in focused, we were ready, we were dialed in, and we came out and competed. I think it showed. We really stopped what they are really good at: we didn’t give them any three’s and we didn’t let them get inside…”

What it means: Freshman forward Satou Sabally was tonight’s player of the game. Sabally finished with 21 points and five rebounds, but overall it was her confidence that took a giant step forward. In the second period alone, Sabally hit 3-of-5 from three-point range that sparked the Ducks into a 40-18 lead at halftime.

Sabally said, “After the game on Friday, I was a little upset, actually very upset. They [Oregon State] also recruited me very highly, so it meant a little more to me to beat them to show ‘ok I made the right decision’. But it means a lot, I just care a lot about the team too because Lexi Bando is out, that’s her last game against Oregon State probably, and Justine [Justine Hall, senior guard]. So this is just a great win for them too.”

With Bando out indefinitely with a foot injury, it is still unclear what her timetable for return is. As on Friday, the Ducks went with sophomore forward Mallory McGwire once again and she did not disappoint. McGwire finished with 14 points and six rebounds, and the task of guarding Gulich down low.

“I thought Mallory set the tone, not just on the offensive end, but she was on-point on her mid-range game, but I thought defensively did a great job with Gulich,” said Graves. “I think Gulich is the best post in the conference, and we just kind of had her off her game a little bit and I really credit Mallory.”

High flying Ducks: Along with McWire and Sabally’s performance, sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu was just four rebounds shy of her ninth triple-double. She finished with 15 points, 11 assists, and six rebounds. Junior guard Maite Cazorla finished with 16 points going 6-for-11 from the field. Both Ionescu and Cazorla played the entire game.

Foul play: McWire fouled out of the game. Freshman Anneli Maley finished with three fouls and received a technical.

Up next: Oregon hits the road to face the Colorado Buffaloes (11-8, 2-6 Pac-12) at 7 PM this Friday.

Could you ask for anything more from a Civil War?

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Could you ask for anything more from a Civil War?

How Oregon lost: If the Civil War taught us one thing, it's that Sunday is going to be fun. Because that is exactly when these two teams will meet again. This match up was a thrill from start to finish that had 6,704 screaming fans on their feet. The Ducks had no answer early when the Beavers hit their first 7-for-7 shots from three-point range and quickly had to dig out of a 10-point hole. Helping Oregon climb out was sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu who finished and lead all scores with 35 points and six assists. With time windind down and a three point Oregon State lead, the Ducks found their sure-handed Ionescu, not afraid to take the big shot, absolutely drilled a three-pointer to bring this game into overtime. The crowd stunned, the Ducks bench going wild, and five more glorious minutes were to be played at Gill Coliseum Friday night. 

In the end, Oregon looked like it ran out of gas. It's five starters each played over 35 minutes, with Ionescu and junior guard Maite Cazorla playing the full game and all of overtime. Oregon State controlled the ball and got good looks to finish off the Ducks 85-79 and keep their win streak over Oregon alive to 14 games in a row.

"It was a good basketball game, both teams played with a lot of intensity and a lot of heart," said Oregon coach Kelly Graves. "God dang one of these days, I'd like to beat the Beavers for crying out loud. They got a good team, no doubt about it. Gulich [Marie] was great, Tudor [Kat] tonight, I mean come on that kid was unconscious. The good thing is we get them in two days, I guess. And that's also the bad thing..."

What it means: Before tipoff, it was announced that senior guard Lexi Bando is out indefinitely with a leg injury. Graves said he doens't know anything about her diagnosis or timetable of return and chooses to leave that up to the doctors. So Oregon decided to go with a bigger lineup with 6'-5" sophomore forward Mallory McGwire. McGwire had to shake some nerves in the first quarter, but really stepped up in the second half finishing with a near double-double 10 points and nine rebounds. 

Oregon will face Oregon State again in just about 40 hours. How much change to the game plan can there be in just that short amount of time?

Graves said, "I think I did a poor job tonight in we became too predictable down the stretch. Well, so did they, we both go to our bread and butter late. I thought we were going to get them in overtime, had the momentum obviously and just didn't make the plays."

These teams are so evenly matched that it is just a recipe for a good game. 6' 5" Marie Gulich vs. 6' 4" Ruthy Hebard on the inside. Hot shooters Kat Tudor vs. Sabrina Ionescu on the outside. Tudor lead all Beavers' scores with 34 points off 10-for-14 from the field and 7-of-10 from three-point range. Tough guard play from Mikayla Pivec vs. Maite Cazorla. Match ups everywhere.

High flying Ducks: Only three Ducks to score in double figures tonight: Ionescu with 35, Hebard finished with 24 points and seven rebounds, and McGwire with 10. Ionescu and Hebard were the only Oregon players who shot free throws tonight.

Foul play: Oregon committed 19 total teams fouls. McGwire fouled out of the game in overtime.

Up next: Another Civil War in about 40 hours. Oregon hosts Oregon State at 5 PM (PT) on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.  

 

No. 8 Oregon remains PERFECT in Pac-12 play with win over No. 18 ASU

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No. 8 Oregon remains PERFECT in Pac-12 play with win over No. 18 ASU

How Oregon won: After an ugly win at home last Friday over unranked Arizona, the Ducks welcomed in the Arizona State Sun Devils in another top-25 matchup this season. Oregon must have done nothing but shoot the ball all day yesterday because the shooting slump Oregon found itself in on Friday was no more. Lead by sophomores Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard combined 46 points, the No. 8 Oregon Ducks remain undefeated at 6-0 in Pac-12 play with a 74-64 win over No. 18 Arizona State at Matthew Knight Arena.

"We shot it so well tonight," said Oregon coach Kelly Graves. "Arizona State is typically among the best in the conference and sometimes in the nation in field goal percentage defense. I just thought we were getting really good opportunities tonight. We concentrated on getting the ball inside more and were able to hit a few from three. We didn't shoot many of them I don't think but that was a good all-around game."

What it means: Two major points to highlight in this game. One: the Ducks had a 38-34 lead going into halftime and came out with an energetic, intense defensive effort holding Arizona State to a mere five points in the entire quarter. 

"We come out in every third quarter really well," said Ionescu. "I think we need to do that from the start and do that all four quarters. But I have faith. We come in at halftime and we regroup, we talk it out, our coaches get on us and it's kind of a time to just relax. The nerves are out and then we come back in that second half really dialed in and focused and do whatever we need to in order to win."

Two: Oregon let Arizona State back into the game in the fourth quarter. At the end of the third quarter, Oregon had a 59-39 lead. A comfortable 20-point lead that coach Graves warned his team that the Sun Devils would fight until the clock striked 0:00. A possible, minor area of concern seeing as the Ducks would get outscored 25-15 in the fourth quarter.

"We built a nice lead, we were playing so well, and then we jsut kind of slowly let them back in," said Graves. "You can't do that against a good team. Arizona State is really good and I remember at the 5:30 timeout... I said 'You guys, they will play hard until the buzzard', and the did."

High flying Ducks: Four Ducks finished with double-digit points: Ionescu with 26 points and Hebard's 20 points came from a perfect 9-of-9 from the field. Junior guard Maite Cazorla had a nice game finishing with 15 points (3-for-6 from three-point range) and five assists. The fourth Duck player was freshman forward Satou Sabally who finished with 10 points and two steals.

Foul Play: Both Hebard and junior forward Oti Gildon finished with three fouls each.

Up next: Oregon hits the road to face in-state rival Oregon State (13-4, 4-2 Pac-12) at 8 PM (PT) on Friday in Corvallis, OR.

Oregon turns up defensive heat; Arizona gets out of the kitchen

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Oregon turns up defensive heat; Arizona gets out of the kitchen

How Oregon won: It wasn't pretty, but the Ducks got it done. The Arizona Wildcats sat in a 2-3 defensive zone with a mix of other zone looks all night, forcing Oregon to take the outside shot. In Oregon coach Kelly Graves' words, "People are not very bright if they are going to zone us. Well, we got zoned tonight, they [Arizona] looked pretty smart for doing it." Meaning the Ducks are normally decent shooters, but tonight fell to a mere 38% field goal percentage on 21-of-55 shots. However, the Ducks' defensive pressure from start to finish, carried them all night as No. 8 Oregon (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12) defeated Arizona (4-12, 0-5 Pac-12) 62-44 at Matthew Knight Arena.

"We couldn't possibly shoot worse," said Graves. "Seriously, 12-of-36 [from three-point range] and I don't think we took a bad three all night. Those are shots that we typically make."

The Ducks turned up their defensive pressure in the second half holding the Wildcats to just five points in the third quarter. Oregon also caused 15 turnovers and created 20 points off those turnovers. 

What it means: The Ducks improve to 5-0 in the Pac-12 and are now the only team undefeated in conference play. 

"We won the game, we're 5-0 I think for the first time in school history," said Graves. "That's something to be proud of... I thought defensively we were pretty on point when we needed to be. I thought that thrid quarter when the kids were challenged, we went out and they did a heck of a job. And even though we still weren't making shots, we were starting to build a lead because we were defending so well. Thats's two or three games in a row we've defended quite well, so I think we are getting better in that area."

If Oregon can maintain a consistent defense, that can travel on the road as well, the shots will eventually fall again. Despite an off-shooting night, sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu recorded a double-double 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead all scores.

High flying Ducks: Sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard finished with 14 points on 4-of-5 from the field (80%) and grabbed six rebounds. Junior guard Maite Cazorla and senior guard Lexi Bando finished with nine points each.

Foul play: Freshman Satou Sabally and Hebard finished with three fouls a piece.

Up next: Oregon hosts the No. 18 Arizona Sun Devils (13-4, 4-1 Pac-12) at 5 PM this Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.

BEAT L.A.! BEAT L.A.! No. 9 Oregon brings the heat to No. 14 UCLA

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BEAT L.A.! BEAT L.A.! No. 9 Oregon brings the heat to No. 14 UCLA

How Oregon won: The Ducks defense held UCLA's fast-paced offense scoreless until the 3:22 mark in the first quarter. But that shut-down defense ended quickly with the Bruins offense finally settling in. This was a back-and-forth battle until the very end. With one minute remaining and the score 60-59 Ducks, sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu drove hard to the hoop and whipped an on-target pass right into the hands of the senior three-point shooter Lexi Bando. Nothing but net. Ducks went up 63-59. A few defensive stops and clutch rebounds later, and the No. 9 Ducks bring the heat to No. 14 UCLA with a 70-61 win in Los Angeles.

It comes down to how you finish games. The Ducks did just that. Despite a poor first-half finish and low energy coming out of halftime, Oregon went on a 12-0 run over the final minutes to close out a tough road opponent. This was the first time ever that Oregon swept both USC and UCLA in the same weekend. 

What it means: 12 turnovers and 11 fouls all in the first half could have been detrimental for the Ducks, but UCLA's 26% field goal percentage and 0-for-5 from three-point range in the first half, is what luckily gave Oregon a 27-23 lead going into halftime. This game could have looked a lot different if UCLA hadn't struggled under the hoop, missing layups and rebound put-backs.

On a positive note, the fact that Oregon could come into a ranked UCLA opponent, being on the road, facing an energetic Bruins crowd, with a win and in dominant closing fashion, will give the Ducks momentum heading into next weekend hosting Arizona and No. 25 Arizona State.

High flying Ducks: Ionescu had a quiet three points in the first half, but came alive in the second half finishing with 18 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Ruthy Hebard lead all Oregon scores with 19 points and added seven rebounds. But who really was the "It Factor" for the Ducks, was the leadership and ball control of junior guard Maite Carzola who finished with 17 points, most of which came from her aggressivenss in getting the to hoop.

Foul play: Freshman guard Anneli Maley fouled out with 3:10 remaining in the game. Carzola finished with four fouls. Ionescu, Hebard, and Sabally finished with three fouls each.

Up next: Oregon returns home to host Arizona (4-11, 0-4 Pac-12) at 8 PM this Friday at Matthew Knight Arena.