The Oregon Ducks (18-3, 7-1) beat the Oregon State Beavers (14-5, 5-3) by a score of 75-63 in their 100th Civil War- breaking a 14-game losing streak, sustaining their winning streak at home, and delivering Coach Kelly Graves his first win against the Hayseeds of Corvallis.
The opening quarter started sloppy for both teams, especially in comparison to the last time these two met. Last game the Beavers started as hot as a team can get, hitting all seven of their three point shots and scoring 28 in the first quarter; this game they missed their first four shots and scored only seven in the first half. It seems like both coaches challenged their team to step up their defense, and at first both succeeded by starting 12-7 in the Ducks favor.
Although Mallory McGwire's recent starts are due to Lexi Bando's injury, she has been crucial to the Ducks on both defense and offense in her last couple of games. In a game where Star Forward Ruthy Hebard was less than her stellar self (scoring her lowest point total of the season, 7 points), McGwire saw a lot of production from mid-range, frequently nailiing uncontested shots and finishing with a career high 14 points. Hebard and McGwire also did a nice job of containing Senior Marie Gülich through the first half, holding her to only 6 points in the first half and zero in the paint (though she would ultimately round out her numbers to 15 pts, 10 reb, 3 Ast).
The difference in the ball game took place in the second quarter; Oregon outscored the Beavers 28-11. Six different Duck players scored to close out the half, while the Beavers failed to make any field goals for the last five and a half minutes. The Ducks went into the locker room feeling pumped by their raucous crowd of 7,000, their 40-18 lead, and the fact that they had won their last 16 games when outscoring their opponent at the mid-game mark.
McGwire would finish 14 points and six rebounds. In similar fashion, Satou Sabally would pick up some slack when Sabrina Ionescu could not repeat her 35-point performance- scoring a seemingly mortal 16 instead with 11 assists and 4 rebounds shy of another triple-double. Coming off of a game in which she scored only 3-points, Sabally would lead all scorers with 21 points. Maite Cazorla also had a redemptive game, improving from 7 to 16 points.
The closest the Beavers would get to catching up to the Ducks after the half would take place in the fourth quarter when they fought their way to within 12, but the Ducks held onto their first quarter lead for 36 minutes. The Beavers' bench served a much more important role in this Civil War- scoring 18 total after having none in the last Civil War. Beaver Freshman Aleah Goodman had an exceptional game (11 Pts, 2/3 from three-point range) though Kat Tudor once again lead the team offensively (17 Pts).
Up next for the Ducks is a road trip against the mountain schools, starting with Colorado on Friday at 7pm.