LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
DUCKS 93 - TROJANS 53
The No. 5 Oregon Ducks (14-1, 3-0) took their show on the road against the USC Trojans (10-5, 0-4), resulting in another conference victory and another record breaking performance from Sabrina Ionescu.
Satou Sabally once again had an excellent game, helping Oregon start on the right webbed foot by scoring 7 of the Ducks’ 9 first points. She finished the game leading all scorers with 26 points. The sophomore is riding a hot streak, averaging 23.3 points in conference play.
And just when you thought Sabrina Ionescu didn’t have any more records to break, she surpasses Oregon’s career assist record of 608. She also scored 17 points, but on this night, it is the first of her seven assists that will help build her legend. Now, the superstar junior is within range of Jordin Canada’s PAC-12 assist record of 831.
The Ducks never trailed in this matchup, and by halftime it became clear that the shorthanded Trojans had no answer for Oregon’s flock of scorers. But as impressive as Oregon was on offense, perhaps the more impressive development was their stout defense, which held USC to a mere 18 points in the first half- their lowest opening half total of the season.
Oregon shot 66% from the floor in the first quarter while USC only managed to connect on two of their ten field goal attempts. By halftime, the Ducks built a 41-18 lead which proved insurmountable for the outmatched Trojans.
Taylor Chavez and Oti Gildon played meaningful minutes off the bench, a trend that will need to continue as we venture further into PAC-12 play. Erin Boley’s minor injury in the opening quarter provided an opportunity for more playing time and both were eager for the opportunity.
Chavez had an especially noteworthy game, hitting 4 of 7 from three-point range and playing generally tenacious defense, and is shaping up to be a future starter.
*Satou Sabally (31 min) 26 PTS - 7 REB - 2 AST - 1 BLK - 2 STL - 9/18 FG - 5/9 3PT - 3/4 FT
*Sabrina Ionescu (35 min) 17 PTS - 4 REB - 7 AST - 1 BLK - 4 STL-6/13 FG - 2/6 3PT - 3/3 FT
*Ruthy Hebard (21 min) 12 PTS - 8 REB - 4/6 FG - 4/6 FT
*Maite Cazorla (30 min) 9 PTS - 1 REB - 3 AST - 4/7 FG - 1/3 3PT
*Erin Boley (19 min) 3 PTS - 6 REB - 4 AST - 1/4 FG - 1/4 3PT
Taylor Chavez (26 min) 14 PTS - 1 REB - 2 AST - 1 BLK - 6 STL - 5/8 FG - 4/7 3PT
Oti Gildon (21 min) 10 PTS - 5 REB - 1 AST - 1 STL - 4/6 FG - 2/3 FT
Lydia Giomi (17 min) 2 PTS - 4 REB - 1 AST - 1 BLK - 1/1 FG
Ja’Tavia Tapley (30 min) 13 PTS - 7 REB - 1 AST - 1 BLK - 2 STL- 5/10 FG - 0/2 3PT - 3/5 FT
Mariya Moore (33 min) 11 PTS - 4 REB - 2 AST - 3/9 FG - 3/7 3PT - 2/2 FT
Kayla Overbeck (27 min) 6 PTS - 7 REB - 1/3 FG - 4/6 FT
Shalexxus Aaron (17 min) 2 PTS - 3 REB - 1/2 FG - 0/1 3PT
Desiree Caldwell (35 min) 0 PTS - 1 REB - 6 AST - 2 STL - 0/3 FG - 0/1 3PT
BLACK MAMBA in the house!
No, we’re not talking about De’Anthony Thomas. Kobe Bryant himself was in attendance. He and his daughter had a lot of camera time as they watched our Mighty Ducks tame the Trojans.
NEXT UP: UCLA BRUINS
1/13, Sunday, 2 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK, Los Angeles