The Oregon Ducks defeated the #15 UCLA Bruins today 84-75. Sabrina Ionescu recorded her fourth triple-double of the season (11 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists,) surpassing Bev Smith’s career mark of 3 to claim sole possession of the career record. Lexi Bando exploded for 25 points on 5-7 shooting from beyond the arc, and Ruthy Hebard added a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds.) The Bruins were led by Jordin Canada (20 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists,) who was limited for most of the game by foul trouble, and Monique Billings (18 points, 12 rebounds.) Oregon’s defense was the story for most of the game, holding UCLA to 36% shooting for the game, and the Ducks outrebounded the Bruins 43-33.
Oregon jumped out to the lead in the first quarter, as Bando and Hebard exploded and the Bruins could not hit a shot. Hebard had 10 points on 4-4 shooting and 4 rebounds, and Bando added 7 points. UCLA didn’t eclipse the double digit point mark until a Jordin Canada layup with 1:10 remaining, at which point the score was 20-11 in favor of the Ducks. Hebard’s layup with 46 seconds for the final margin of 22-11.
The second quarter was much like the first for both teams. Hebard had to sit after comitting her second foul early in the quarter, and a pair of Billings free throws made it 26-13 Oregon. After a short stint by Oti Gildon, Sierra Campisano entered the game in relief of Hebard and promptly caught fire. In 7 minutes of playing time the freshman scored 7 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Billings and Kennedy Burke caused the majority of the damage for UCLA, but the Bruins were never able to make up any ground and the Ducks went into halftime with a 41-26 lead.
UCLA would finally find some offense in the third quarter, and they began to chip away at the Duck lead. Canada scored 10 points in the quarter, including 2 3 pointers and an and 1 to lead the Bruins. Maite Cazorla converted 2 three pointers, and Bando added another for Oregon. The Bruins closed the gap to single digits for the first time since the first quarter after a Burke layup and a Billings jumper cut the Duck lead to 58-50. Hebard then went 1-2 from the line, and a Kari Korver layup saw the margin cut to 7. Cazorla closed out the quarter with a layup, and Oregon would head into the fourth quarter up 61-52.
Bando exploded in the fourth quarter once again, scoring 10, and Ionescu chipped in 6 points as the Ducks pushed the lead back up to 14 points with 3:16 remaining. Despite UCLA’s furios comeback attempt, Oregon would win the battle at the free throw line, converting 7-8 free throws in the final 2 minutes to close out the Bruins 84-75, adding another win over a top 25 team.
The Ducks will face the USC Trojans next on Sunday at 11 am at Matt Court.