The No. 11 Oregon Ducks (9-2, 7-2) ended a two-game losing skid Sunday afternoon with the most dominant Pac-12 victory of the season by blowing out California (0-10, 0-7) 100-41.
The game was as close as 18-15 with 3:10 remaining in the first quarter but Oregon ended the half of a 32-4 run to lead 50-19 at halftime. It was the first time Oregon scored triple digits against a Pac-12 opponent since February 1st, 2020 when the Ducks defeated Colorado 101-53.
Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Paopao, and Taylor Chavez all led the Ducks with 13 points scored. All 12 Oregon players who dressed played with 11 of them scoring at least two points.
Here are the key takeaways.
Oregon is an elite basketball team
After losing back-to-back games for the first time in two seasons, there may have been some concern Oregon isn't as good as anticipated. But, both of those losses were against now Top-10 teams nationally and were within striking distance late.
When the Ducks played an opponent who is not also an elite team in the nation, Oregon appeared as if it was playing a different sport than the Golden Bears.
The Ducks could have run out the clock on every second-half possession and still won by nine points. Yes, Cal may be the worst team in the conference but still.
Oh and Oregon did this with Sedona Prince, who Kelly Graves predicted could go first overall in a future WNBA Draft, still sidelined with an ankle injury.
Oregon can win with offense and defense
Not only did Oregon's offense score 100 points, but it also suffocated the Golden Bears offense on defense. California made a single three-pointer and finished the contest 6.7% from behind the arc and 29.1% from the field. In the final three quarters, the Bears shot 23.2% from the field.
Nothing? Oregon won by 59 points. Erin Boley and Nyara Sabally only shot 5-11 and 5-12 but who cares when you win by 59 points.
Five-star freshman Kylee Waston came off the bench and scored a career-high 12 points after shooting 6-8 from the floor.
Oregon forced a season-high 23 turnovers Sunday.
"I just thought we were on-point defensively," said head coach Kelly Graves. "We were running around, our kids were aggressive, we were causing turnovers, and then we got it going in transition. We haven't had a transition game like that in a while, I know it's been one of our focuses and I was glad to see us put that together. A lot of kids played well today."
The Next Game
Oregon will travel to the desert and play No. 7 Arizona (8-2, 6-2) on Thursday, January 14th at 4:00 p.m. PT.