Oregon

No. 13 Oregon Ducks blow out USC to split LA road trip

Oregon

Days after the most humiliating loss for the program in years, the No. 13 Oregon Ducks (13-6, 10-6) blew out USC (10-10, 8-9) 72-48 to end a three-game losing streak. 

Freshman Sydney Parish led the Ducks with 17 points on 5-9 from the floor, including 4-6 from behind the three-point arc. 

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Here are the key takeaways. 

The Good

Sydney Parish will be good.

One of the five 5-star freshmen, Parish will be a key contributor for Oregon for years to come. 

The 6'2" guard scored 17 points Sunday afternoon off the bench while making 66.7% of her six three-point attempts. While still in high school, Kelly Graves called the Indiana native "the best shooter in the nation" and she has shown that stroke in Eugene. 

When Erin Boley graduates, expect Parish to step into the starting lineup and taking over her offensive role. 

Oregon took care of business.

Yes, USC isn't a great team but with Oregon riding a three-game losing streak, this was a game the Ducks needed to win. 

So after a so-so start, Oregon finished the game early doubling up the Trojans 18-9 in the second quarter. The Ducks won each other quarter by five points, as well. The game wasn't the domination Ducks fans have become accustomed to these past few years, but it showed the Ducks are still squarely in the upper half of the Pac-12.

 

Expect Oregon to get a top-five seed in the NCAA Tournament. 

The Bad

Could have been better.

Considering the substantial talent advantage Oregon has over USC, winning by only 24 points seems slightly disappointing. 

The Highlight

Sedona Prince got it going in the second half, scoring 11 points.

The Stat

USC shot just 32.7% from the floor. 

The Next Game

Oregon will host Oregon State at Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday, February 28th at 3:00 p.m. PT.