DUCKS 96 - TROJANS 78
The Oregon Ducks (25-3, 14-2) broke their two-game losing streak by beating the USC Trojans (15-12, 5-11) by a score of 96 to 78. Erin Boley scored a career-high 32 points, Sabrina Ionescu broke the single-season record for triple-doubles, and Ruthy Hebard returned from injury on a very eventful Senior Day!
Duck fans were excited to see Ruthy Hebard warming up before the game, though Oti Gildon once again got the start. After back to back games with inaccurate three-point shooting, Maite Cazorla set things on the right path by striking first with a triple.
The teams traded scores early on, and Oregon had trouble connecting in the paint, much like their game against UCLA. But when Hebard was subbed in at the 5:51 mark in the first quarter, the team looked like themselves again.
Hebard was limited to only 16 minutes, but contributed 13 points and eight rebounds. She was the crucial cog that was missing, and even with her reduced playing time, it was her presence that helped Oregon get over their recent slump.
The Ducks saw a 10-point lead shrink to just four at the half time, making the score 40 to 36. Luckily, Erin Boley was just beginning to heat up. Despite being on the losing side, Boley was coming off a couple of strong games, and today was more of the same. She hit 8 of her 11 attempts from beyond the arc, and was also effective from mid-range, finishing with a new career-high of 32 points and tying her career-high in made three-pointers.
*Erin Boley (37 min) 32 PTS - 4 REB - 1 AST - 3 STL - 11/18 FG - 8/11 3PT - 2/2 FT
*Sabrina Ionescu (34 min) 13 PTS - 12 REB - 13 AST - 1 BLK - 1 STL - 3/7 FG - 1/2 3PT - 6/6 FT
*Satou Sabally (29 min) 12 PTS - 5 REB - 4 AST - 2 STL - 3/9 FG - 0/3 3PT - 6/9 FT
*Maite Cazorla (23 min) 9 PTS - 1 REB - 2 AST - 3/7 FG - 3/6 3PT
*Oti Gildon (20 min) 6 PTS - 3 REB - 1 STL - 2/5 FG - 2/2 FT
Ruthy Hebard (16 min) 13 PTS - 8 REB - 1 AST - 2 STL - 5/6 FG - 3/4 FT
Taylor Chavez (22 min) 8 PTS - 2 AST - 1 STL - 3/4 FG - 2/2 3PT
Morgan Yaeger (7 min) 2 PTS - 1/3 FG
Lydia Giomi (12 min) 1 PT - 1 REB - 1 BLK - 1/2 FT
*Mariya Moore (40 min) 30 PTS - 6 REB - 6 AST - 2 STL - 8/17 FG - 4/12 3PT - 10/13 FT
*Aliyah Mazyck (31 min) 19 PTS - 4 REB - 1 AST - 1 STL - 7/12 FG - 2/4 3PT - 3/3 FT
*Minyon Moore (34 min) 11 PTS - 2 REB - 6 AST - 2 STL - 4/12 FG - 1/2 3PT - 2/3 FT
*Shalexxus Aaron (25 min) 6 PTS - 4 REB - 4 AST - 2/7 FG - 1/3 3PT - 1/1 FT
*Kayla Overbeck (14 min) 1 PT - 1 BLK - 1/2 FT
The Ducks played with much more intensity coming out of the half than their last couple of games, which allowed Sabrina Ionescu to achieve her 17th career triple-double (13 PTS, 13 AST, 12 REB). We all know she has the most career triple-doubles, but with her seventh of the season, she now has the most in a single season.
Oregon gained momentum as the game went on, and finished shooting 52.5% from the floor and 58.3% from three-point land! Only two regular season games remain for the Ducks. A win would guarantee at least a share of the regular season conference title, while a sweep would deliver them an outright title.
NEXT UP: ARIZONA
3/1, Friday, 7 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK, Tucson
Oti Gildon and Maite Cazorla were honored as the team’s only seniors on Senior Day. Both had family in attendance and have played crucial roles in the building of this fantastic team!