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Sabally and Hebard Double-Double and Down UCLA, Ducks 72 - Bruins 52

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QUACK! QUACK!

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

DUCKS 72 - BRUINS 52

The Oregon Ducks (15-1, 4-0) finished the sweep of the LA schools by defeating the UCLA Bruins (9-8, 2-3) at Pauley Pavilion. Both Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally finished with a double-double.

Early on, Hebard struggled with shots she normally makes (3-of-7 in the first half), but finished the game with 19 points. Despite her early shooting slump, she contributed in the first half by grabbing 12 rebounds and scoring three from the charity stripe. Hebard finished strong, 4-of-5 from the floor with 18 total rebounds, and seemingly shook off her recent free throw troubles.

Sabally, who is currently averaging 22.3 points in conference play, scored 19 points. She also tallied 11 rebounds, which has become a focus for the 6’4 sophomore. As offensively stacked as this team is, Sabally seems to be adding a new wrinkle to this team; Hebard and Ionescu are hard enough to deal with, but now that Sabally is finding consistent success whether driving to the basket or hitting the three, the Ducks have become an even more horrifying nightmare for opposing defenders.

Sabrina Ionescu had an off night but still racked up a long stat line with 14 points, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals. The frequent record breaker finished 5-of-19 from the floor, well below her average field goal percentage of .459%.

Ionescu’s inaccuracy was not the only anomaly of this game: The Ducks had a season low 32 first half points , recorded more turnovers than assists (14 TO - 13 AST), and were held to a season low 72 points.

But despite the moments of sloppiness in the first half, Oregon was able to collect their composure, expand their lead for some breathing room, then coast to a twenty-point win. Perhaps this should be comforting for Duck fans, the fact that even when things aren’t going as planned this team will still be able to find a way to not just win but dominate.

OREGON DUCKS

*Satou Sabally (39 min) 19 PTS - 11 REB - 1 BLK - 1 STL - 7/15 FG - 3/6 3PT - 2/2 FT

*Ruthy Hebard (37 min) 19 PTS - 18 REB - 1 STL - 7/12 FG - 5/6 FT

*Sabrina Ionescu (37 min) 14 PTS - 5 REB - 6 AST - 2 STL - 5/19 FG - 2/8 3PT - 2/2 FT

*Maite Cazorla (33 min) 13 PTS - 2 REB - 3 AST - 5/7 FG - 3/4 3PT

*Erin Boley (18 min) 4 PTS - 2/5 FG - 0/2 3PT

Oti Gildon (21 min) 3 PTS - 5 REB - 4 AST - 1 STL - 1/2 FG - 1/2 FT

Taylor Chavez (11 min) 2 REB - 0/1 FG

Lydia Giomi (4 min)

BRUINS STARTERS

Michaela Onyenwere (32 min) 13 PTS - 5 REB - 1 STL - 5/13 FG - 1/4 3PT - 2/2 FT

Japreece Dean (34 min) 11 PTS - 3 REB - 6 AST - 5/16 FG - 1/1 FT

Lajahna Drummer (33 min) 7 PTS - 7 REB - 1 AST - 3/5 FG - 1/2 FT

Kennedy Burke (28 min) 6 PTS - 3 REB - 1 AST - 1 BLK - 2/8 FG - 0/2 3PT - 2/2 FT

Lindsey Corsaro (29 min) 3 PTS - 2 REB - 1 AST - 2 STL - 1/2 FG - 1/2 FT


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