Less than 48 hours later, here we are again. After taking round one of the Civil War weekend series, No. 4 Oregon and No. 7 Oregon State meet again but this time 45 minutes north up I-5 in Corvallis, Oregon.
After taking round one on Friday night 76-64 over the Beavers, the Ducks will now have the opportunity to not only go home with a Civil War series sweep, but also for the first time win in Corvallis during the Kelly Graves, Sabrina Ionescu era. The last time Oregon won in Corvallis dates back to the 2009-10 season.
On the other hand, the Beavers have the opportunity to continue their win-streak against the Ducks at home where Oregon State is 11-1 at Gill Coliseum this season.
Here are keys to the game for both Oregon and Oregon State in part two of the Civil War:
KEYS FOR AN OREGON VICTORY
The Ducks’ largest lead on Friday night got as high as 21 points with 7:53 left in the game. A comfortable lead with a lot of senior leadership starting with seniors Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard. Unfortunately, that comfortable feeling didn’t last long and Oregon State would make a valiant comeback before running out of time.
The trio of Ionescu, Hebard and Satou Sabally combined for 57 or Oregon’s 76 total points. Taylor Chavez continues to provide a spark off the bench and added nine points off a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range (Chavez is leading the Pac-12 conference in three-point shooting percentage at 47.2%).
If the Ducks are to win for the first time since 2009-10, the keys are continuing to put on-ball pressure on Oregon State guards Destiny Slocum, Mikayla Pivec and Aleah Goodman while containing 6-foot-4 freshman Taylor Jones down low. Hebard had that defensive assignment on Friday night and will need to make life difficult in the paint.
We're not really happy splitting wins with them. We're going to have to take that next step, and be an elite team on the road. — Sabrina Ionescu
KEYS FOR AN OREGON STATE VICTORY
The freshman forwards stepped up big time vs. Oregon on Friday night. Taylor Jones dropped 21 points and 6-foot-6 Kennedy Brown added 12 rebounds. Brown has a nice outside shot so don’t expect her to record zero points in today’s meeting.
This one will rely on the upperclassmen. Senior guard Mikayla Pivec was held to eight points and five rebounds, an uncharacteristic night on the boards for the Pac-12 leader in rebounds at 9.6 per game. Senior Kat Tudor, who got her first start since coming off an ACL injury, looked rusty. The sharp-shooter had zero points going 0-for-7 from the field and 0-for-6 from downtown.
Junior Aleah Goodman provided a spark off the bench recording 11 points, three assists and two steals.
The Beavers proved that no lead is ever safe and if they are to continue the home win-streak against the Ducks, they have to stick to their game, dominate the paint, hit those outside shots while trying to contain the nation’s best player in Ionescu.
And I look back to Oregon...three years ago in particular and even [Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard's] freshman year, the Civil War weekend is where they changed. They had to elevate to play against us and they did and they learned a lot about themselves and took their games to a new level...and that created momentum for them. Well, I think we're having to rise because both of these teams are so good, the margin of error is small and we're competitors. — Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck
WHO: No. 4 Oregon at No. 7 Oregon State
WHERE: Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon
TIME: 1 p.m. (PT)
RADIO: Oregon Sports Network