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Women’s Basketball Loses to Michigan St in East Lansing, Spartans 88 - Ducks 82

NCAA Womens Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Spokane Regional-Oregon Ducks vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN

SPARTANS 88 - DUCKS 82

The Michigan State Spartans (8-1) defeated the No. 3 Oregon Ducks (7-1) at home, ending the mighty Ducks’ winning streak at seven.

After Oregon rushed out to a 9-0 lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter, Michigan State was able to use their speed and physicality to force 11 first half turnovers from the Ducks. The Spartans built a seven point lead at the half which proved insurmountable for the Ducks, though they would tie the game twice in the game’s final minutes.

Penalties played a huge part in the game as Erin Boley and Satou Sabally both picked up a couple of fouls before the half. With so many Ducks in foul trouble, the Spartans were able to dominate in the paint on offense.

OREGON DUCK

*Sabrina Ionescu (39 min) 29 pts - 4 reb - 5 ast - 1 stl - 10/21 FG - 5/7 3PT - 4/5 FT

*Erin Boley (32 min) 24 pts - 5 reb - 2 ast - 1 stl - 9/18 FG - 6/12 3PT

*Ruthy Hebard (34 min) 10 pts - 11 reb - 4 stl - 5/9 FG

*Satou Sabally (26 min) 10 pts - 7 reb - 2 ast - 1 blk -2 stl - 5/12 FG - 0/4 3PT

*Maite Cazorla (38 min) 3 pts - 2 reb - 11 ast - 1 stl - 1/6 FG - 1/6 3PT

Taylor Chavez (15 min) 2 pts - 1 reb - 2 ast - 1/2 FG - 0/1 3Pt

Oti Gildon (11 min) 2 pts - 2 reb - 1/2 FG

Lydia Giomi (5 min) 2 pts - 1 reb - 1/1 FG

MICHIGAN STATE STARTERS

Jenna Allen (37 min) 27 pts - 7 reb - 1 ast - 1 blk - 1 stl - 11/14 FG - 3/4 3PT - 2/4 FT

Taryn McCutcheon (34 min) 14 pts - 3 reb - 8 ast - 2 stl - 4/14 FG - 3/5 3PT - 3/4 FT

Mardrekia Cook (23 min) 12 pts - 3 reb - 1 ast - 4/7 FG - 0/1 3PT - 4/4 FT

Nia Clouden (23 min) 9 pts - 4 reb - 4 ast - 3/5 FG - 3/5 FT

Victoria Gaines (25 min) 6 pts - 2 reb - 3 ast - 1 stl - 3/6 FG

Sabrina Ionescu led all scorers with 29 points despite being hounded by the Spartan defenders. Erin Boley, supported by family that traveled six hours to cheer for the former Notre Dame player, kept the Ducks competitive with six three pointers. Boley tied her season high of 24 points after leading all scorers in last week’s contest against the 49ers.

Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally both scored ten points despite playing limited minutes due to foul trouble. in addition to an uncharacteristically large amount of turnovers and fouls, Oregon’s lack of bench points (6 points in 31 combined minutes) seemed to doom the Ducks. Maite Cazorla did an exceptional job distributing the ball but struggled in scoring three points.

There’s no shame in losing to a good team on the road, and Michigan State most certainly is that. Oregon must find a way to pick themselves up after this tough game, because South Dakota State is eager to face the suddenly vulnerable No. 3 Ducks.


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