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WBB Recap: Ducks Fall Short, Lose to Stanford 65-59

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EUGENE, Oregon — The Stanford Cardinal defeated the Oregon Ducks 65-59 at Matt Court today in Women’s Basketball. The Cardinal led by as many as 13 points, but Oregon staged a furious comeback in the fourth quarter that ultimately failed after Maite Cazorla picked up a flagrant 1 for pushing Marta Sniezeck to the floor with 1:05 remaining. That was part of a series that saw Stanford shoot 6 foul shots in 12 seconds, coming away with 3 points. Oregon was led by Sabrina Ionescu (18 points and 7 rebounds,) and Ruthy Hebard (13 points.) Stanford received 16 points and 14 rebounds from Erica McCall, and also saw 18 points from Karlie Samuelson.

It was a back-and-forth affair in the first quarter, as neither team could grab an advantage. Ionescu scored 6 points on 2-3 shooting from beyond the arc for Oregon, and a last second jumper from Sierra Campisano tied the game at 15. Both teams were on fire from 3 in the quarter, with Oregon shooting 66.7% and Stanford 60%. Samuelson hit 2 3-pointers to lead Stanford with 6 points, and Briana Roberson chipped in another to finish with 5 points.

And that is when the Oregon offense died. The Ducks scored on 2 baskets by Hebard and an Ionescu layup. And that was it, as the Cardinal outscored them 12-6 to finish the half up 27-21. McCall scored 6 points in the frame to finish with 8 points and 7 rebounds in the first half.

Oregon’s offense somehow got worse in the third quarter. After jumpers by Hebard and Ionescu, the Ducks went 3:30 without without scoring. Oregon’s timid play led Coach Kelly Graves to plumb his bench for a spark, but to little avail. A McCall layup with 14 seconds remaining gave Stanford a 13 points lead going into the fourth quarter, 49-36.

That move to the bench finally payed off for Oregon, as the Ducks went on an 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter. Stanford’s first basket at the 5:44 mark saw the Oregon down 7, and they continued to chip away at the lead behind Ionescu, Gildon, and Bando. Free throws by Hebard and Ionescu brought the Ducks to within 4, 58-54. Then a Cardinal offensive rebound and the Cazorla flagrant gave Stanford 3 attempts to score, netting 3 points on free throws. Hebard converted an and 1 to bring Oregon back within 4 with 52 sceonds remaining, but that was the last that the Ducks would score until an Ionescu layup as time expired. Two trips to the free throw line gave Stanford its final points, and the Cardinal walked away with the 65-59 victory. Up next for the Ducks is the Pac-12 Tournament, where they will be the #6 seed and play on Thursday.