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Cal's Prestigious Defense No Match for Ionescu, Ducks 91 - Golden Bears 54

Mar 25, 2017; Bridgeport, CT, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) drives the ball against Maryland Terrapins center Brionna Jones (42) during the first half in the semifinals of the Bridgeport Regional of the women's 2017 NCAA Tournament at Webster Bank Arena. - David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 6 Oregon Ducks (21-3, 10-1) showcased another amazing game by Sabrina Ionescu in their 91-54 drubbing of the No. 25 Cal Golden Bears (15-7, 6-5).

In the first quarter the game appeared to be a competitive one; Oregon was held to 16 points, and five different Cal players scored to keep it within 5. The Golden Bears had won 9 of their last 10 games in Eugene, relying on their consistently stingy defense, and at first an upset seemed possible. After all, no Pac-12 team had scored more than 64 points on the Golden Bears all season.

However, a Ionescu three-pointer with about three minutes left in the first would mark the last time Cal would lead in this game. In the second and third quarter the Ducks outscored the Bears of Berkeley 56-31. Oregon's dynamic duo both scored double-doubles. Sabrina Ionescu (28 Pts, 11 Ast,) and Ruthy Hebard (18 Pts, 11 Reb) helped build a thirty point lead going into the third.

Much like the "Win The Day" era of Oregon Football, even the truest Duck fans could be forgiven for not watching the fourth quarter of this blowout. Cal's starters were held to 24 points, 6 less than their bench (notable bench standouts were Jaelyn Brown 14 Pts and Alaysia Styles 12 Pts). Their star player, 6'4 Center Kristine Anigwe, ran into early foul trouble and scored only 6 points in 31 minutes of play.

Oregon's zone was impenetrable, their passes were quick, frequent and precise, their bigs ran the court with the speed of a point guard and their bench played inspired ball to close out the game. Much like their record at Matthew Knight Arena, the team was perfect. Or should I say near perfect, because it seems smart to leave room for this team to grow.

Next up for Oregon is the No. 24 Stanford Cardinal (15-8, 9-2). Having just beaten a very good Beaver team at home, Stanford is eager to complete a sweep of the Oregon teams for top place in the PAC-12 standings.

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