When the Ducks are on fire, there's nothing the opposing team can do to stop them, as the Beavers found out when their dam came crashing down in the first leg of the Civil War weekend.
The No. 4 Oregon Ducks (16-2, 6-1 Pac-12) defeated their rival No. 7 Oregon State (16-3, 4-3 Pac-12) 76-64 in front of a soldout crowd of 12,362 at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Beavers got off to a quick start taking a 10-2 lead after a Destiny Slocum three-pointer with 6:25 remaining in the first period.
However, then the Ducks came roaring back eventually taking an 18-16 lead off a jump shot from guard Sabrina Ionescu. Their offense didn't stop there, however, as the Ducks' efficient offense continued all night en route to a huge conference victory for Oregon.
A late rally by Oregon State got them within striking distance but it was too little, too late.
Here are three takeaways from the contest.
1. Sabrina is the GOAT
It took just seven seconds for the all-time leading scorer in program history to break another record (which may be a record in of itself), when Sabrina became the all-time leader in assists in Pac-12 conference history with 939. She had tied Gary Payton from Oregon State in the Ducks' previous game against California.
She wasn't done yet, of course. She took command of the game after the Ducks got into an early deficit, including capping off the first quarter with a buzzer-beating three-pointer that everyone knew was going in.
For good measure, she beat the third-quarter buzzer too.
She finished the game with 23 points, four rebounds and nine assists which using the Russell Westbrook way-of-thinking is a "bad" game since she didn't get a triple-double.
However, as the best player in all of college basketball, it's Sabrina's world and we're just living in it.
2. The Ducks are an offensive onslaught waiting to happen
Team USA felt it. Stanford felt it. Now Oregon State has felt it.
When the Ducks are clicking on offense no one in the nation can stop them.
Not only do they have three expected future-first-round picks in the upcoming WNBA Draft (Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard, and Satou Sabally) but their supporting players are full of 40-percent three-point shooters. If a defense can somehow force someone other than the Ducks' Big Three to beat them, then Erin Boley, Taylor Chavez, or Jaz Shelley will just bomb away from behind the arc. Their opponents can pick their poison but each choice has the same result if the Ducks are rolling.
3. The Beavers need to play inside-out to beat the Ducks
Despite an overall poor first half, Oregon State freshman Taylor Jones showed why she's one of the highest-rated recruits to ever come to Corvallis. Her 17 first-half points led the game up until that point and were the lone bright spot for the Beavers.
However, it provided a blueprint for the rematch on Sunday in Corvallis; the Beavers need to play through the 6-foot-4 Taylor Jones on the block and force the Ducks to double team her, so their shooters can get off clean looks once the ball is worked around. If that double team never comes from Graves' squad then the Beavers should be happy getting efficient looks late in the clock each possession to slow the game down which will limit the Ducks' offensive possessions and their opportunities to score.