The No. 13 Oregon Ducks had a full week to prepare for the Washington State Cougars coming off a tough loss to Arizona down in the desert.
This was the second meeting this season between the Ducks and Cougs and this game was eerily similar to the first. It was a hard fought finish to the very end, and despite the slow start, the Ducks took care of business at home at Matthew Knight Arena.
FINAL SCORE: Washington State 50, Oregon 58.
Sedona Prince had this look on her face. It’s a look that Oregon Ducks fans have been longing to see.
The 6’7” redshirt-sophomore took over in the third quarter and kept the Ducks in this game. In that 10-minute stretch, she scored eight points (4-of-5 from the field), two rebounds and one block.
The Ducks needed every minute of her energy and effort on both ends of the court as the team finally tied it up heading into the fourth quarter, 38-38. She finished with 14 points and six rebounds.
Another bright spot on Friday, that countered the poor slow start (more to come on that), was holding the Cougars to 12 points in the fourth quarter and finishing strong.
Slow starts are starting to become a trend for Oregon. Against Arizona last week, the Ducks scored just seven points in the first quarter. Friday against Washington State, the slow start stayed around with Oregon finishing with five points and five turnovers in the first quarter and quickly falling into a 14-5 hole after 10 minutes of play.
In addition to the lack of offensive production early, Nyara Sabally had an injury scare in the fourth quarter. On defense, she followed her defender into the paint and looked to twist her left ankle. She was helped off the court and seen in noticeable discomfort heading back to the locker room.
Sabally then re-entered the game minutes later, but was still limping a bit.
Sedona Prince’s jump-shot is so smooth:
Offensively, the Ducks haven’t found their strength just yet. We saw it at the beginning of the season just how dominant this team can be from three-point range. Coming into this season, Oregon had four players hitting over 40% from downtown: Erin Boley, Taylor Chavez, Jaz Shelley and transfer Taylor Mikesell.
Against WSU, the Ducks shot just 2-for-14 from 3PT range and the team still managed to pull out the win.
Postgame quotes from head coach Kelly Graves will be updated when made available.
The Next Game
The Ducks (10-3, 8-3 Pac-12 play) will remain at home to host the Washington Huskies (4-5, 1-5 Pac-12) on Sunday, tip-off at 2 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon.