There’s no question that the No. 10 Oregon women’s basketball team has depth at every position.
Including the five, five-star freshman in this 2020 class, the playing minutes are being dispersed throughout the roster from top to bottom. Head coach Kelly Graves has started a new lineup each of the four games so far this season.
One name that has been consistent in the starting lineup, however, was missing in today’s action against the Utah Utes: Sedona Prince.
Prince left Friday’s contest in the third quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes with an ankle injury. She gingerly walked to the bench and began icing. Her day was done.
On Sunday, Prince was not available but according to Ryan Thorburn of The Register Guard, was in a walking boot on the bench.
After the game, Prince gave an update on his she’s feeling:
This season has been a year-in-the-making for Prince as she finally gets her Oregon debut after being forced to sit out a year due to the NCAA transfer rules. Through three games, the 6’7” forward is averaging 12.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
While she was missed on the court, the Ducks took care of business against the Utes at Matthew Knight Arena, improving to 4-0, 2-0 in Pac-12 play with a 85-43 win.
As a team, the Ducks shot 56% from the field and forced 19 turnovers which led to 21 points. On the other hand, Oregon committed 16 turnovers itself.
Graves knows there has to be improvements and while this opening weekend of Pac-12 wasn’t the strongest competition, it only gets harder from here.
“Two areas are really obvious," Graves said. "Number one, our defensive rebounding has got to get better. We’re giving too many second shots to the opponents. But now when they shoot 28% from the field, that’s going to happen. They’re going to have a lot of missed field goals. We got to do a better job there.
“And number two, turnovers. I think our turnovers are still a little high. Just trying to make some plays that need to come naturally. It’s not outrageous by any stretch but those are two definite areas that we got to continue to get better at.”
Up next is a rivalry date up north in Corvallis, Oregon with the Oregon State Beavers (2-0) followed by another weekend on the road at Washington (3-0) and Washington State (0-0).