It wasn't easy, but a win is a win.
The UC Davis Aggies (5-1), who were one of three undefeated teams in women's college basketball heading into Saturday, gave the No. 12 Oregon Ducks (12-3, 9-3) all they could handle at Matthew Knight Arena in a 63-57 thriller that was much closer than the six-point margin of victory indicates.
The four-time reigning Big West Champion Aggies led for large stretches of the game before Oregon outscored UC Davis by ten points, 21-11, in the fourth quarter to earn the win.
If not for the size advantages supplied by Sedona Prince, Nyara Sabally, and Lydia Giomi, Oregon likely would have lost this game.
Here are the key takeaways.
Sedona Prince, Nyara Sabally, and Erin Boley bailed out Oregon.
Without these three girls, Oregon doesn't just lose to the Aggies. They get ran off the floor.
The trio were the only Oregon players to score in double figures with Boley scoring 17 on 7-13 shooting, Sabally with 15 points on 6-12 shooting, and Prince scoring 12 points on 5-6 shooting. Prince and Sabally got deep post position over smaller Aggie defenders during the fourth quarter to give the Ducks easy buckets.
Prince also hit a series of jump shots in the third quarter while both teams were trading buckets.
The largest jumpshots, however, came from Sabally who hit both of her three-point attempts in the six-point win. She entered Saturday shooting 25% from three, making just one of the four attempts on the season.
Where's Taylor Chavez and Maddie Scherr?
The Oregon guards were missing from the Ducks bench according to the Daily Emerald's Carly Ebisuya, with Kelly Graves ruling them both out against No. 9 Arizona on Monday in the postgame press conference.
Oregon was out-executed time and time again.
The Ducks won because they had much, much, much more talent than UC Davis.
In terms of how the two teams played on Saturday, the Aggies outplayed them nearly every possession. Even when the Ducks played good defense, the Aggies would hit a tough three-pointer to take back the momentum and deflate the Ducks.
While UC Davis only shot 35.3% from three-point range for the game, the Aggies shot 1-7 in the fourth quarter. Through the first 30 minutes of action, UC Davis had made 9-22 attempts, a clip of 40.9%.
Nyara Sabally hit her second three-pointer of the game in the fourth quarter to extend the Ducks lead to four with 2:41 remaining.
Oregon held UC Davis to just 4-11 from the field in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback. The Aggies led by four heading into the final period.
Kelly Graves said the pair of Chavez and Scherr are a "definite no" to play against No. 9 Arizona.
The Next Game
No. 12 Oregon (12-3, 9-3) hosts No. 9 Arizona (11-2, 9-2) at Matthew Knight Arena on Monday, February 8th at 4:00 p.m. PT.