The Oregon Ducks soundly defeated the Arizona Wildcats 79-65 tonight in women’s basketball. The Ducks maintained a double digit lead for most of the contest, and the lead was never less than 11 in the second half. Ruthy Hebard did Ruthy Hebard things tonight, leading all scorers with 22 points and 14 rebounds. The Wildcats had no answer for her size and physicality in the paint, and she is going to be unguardable if she learns some post moves besides just bullying her way to the basket.
Oregon wasn’t fooling around to start the game, racing out to a 7-0 lead on bucks by Maite Cazorla and Hebard. Then Lexi Bando made a pair of free throws and a 3, putting the Ducks up 12-4. The rest of the quarter was the Ruthy Hebard Show, as the freshman forward scored 6 points over the last 4 minutes. Cazorla added a layup with 1:17 remaining in the quarter to give Oregon the lead over Arizona 20-8. Breanna Workman convert a layup for the Wildcats to cap the scoring for the quarter, which ended with Oregon leading 20-10.
That bucket by Workman sparked a 10-0 run for Arizona, who cut the Oregon lead to 2. Oregon wouldn’t score their first point in the quarter until Justine Hall’s jumper with 6:25 remaining. The Ducks then began to pull away after consecutive scores by Hebard, Cazorla, and Mallory McGwire. Then Bando went to work, making a 3 and converting a layup with 4 seconds left in the quarter and the Ducks leading 38-25. Oregon was led in the first half by Hebard (12 points and 8 rebounds,) Bando (12 points,) and Cazorla. Workman has 8 points for Arizona, and Dejza James pitched in 6.
The game was never close in the second half, as Arizona wasn’t able to get the lead below 11 points. Oregon put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter after made 3 pointers by Sabrina Ionescu, Hall, and then Hall again gave Oregon a 20 point advantage 69-49. The Wildcats struggled to close the gap, but the Ducks would pull out a 14 point victory 79-65. Hebard had another monster game, putting up the double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bando also pitched in 16 points. James led the way for Arizona with 18 points and 8 rebounds, and Workman had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Ducks play at the Arizona State Sun Devils on Sunday at 11 am.