Corvallis, Oregon - The No. 4 Oregon Ducks (17-2, 7-1) were victorious in Gill Coliseum for the first time since 2010, beating the No. 7 Oregon State Beavers (16-4, 4-4) by a score of 66 to 57.
The historic win was overshadowed by the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash earlier in the day. Both teams met at midcourt before the game to honor the legend and share tears.
1ST HALF: The Ducks raced out to an 8-0 lead capped off by a wide-open triple from Minyon Moore. But the Beavers responded with a large run themselves, scoring 10 straight points to take the lead and ignite the home crowd of 9,301. Destiny Slocum hit a pair of free throws to claim a 16-15 lead at the end of the first quarter and Sabally led all scorers going into the second with eight points.
It was a back-and-forth affair for much of the second quarter and the Beavers held the advantage for nearly all of it, eventually building a six-point lead with 2:25 left in the game off a couple of made free throws from Kat Tudor. Minyon Moore was able to feed the ball to Ruthy Hebard in the paint for a late bucket that cut the lead to three and reclaimed some momentum going into halftime.
2ND HALF: Sabrina Ionescu assisted a Ruthy Hebard layup to kickoff the second half, then both teams failed to score for the next three minutes as turnovers and missed shots kept it a one-score game. Hebard eventually snatched a defensive rebound which led to a jumper by Ionescu that finally reclaimed the lead for Oregon. Mikayla Pivec answered with a jumper that briefly gave the Beavers the advantage once more, but after that the Ducks outscored their rivals 14 to 6 to finish the quarter with a seven-point lead.
An and-one by Satou Sabally helped Oregon create a double-digit cushion early in the final quarter, then Taylor Chavez and Minyon Moore expanded the lead to 14, their largest of the night. Oregon was able to outlast Oregon State through a tenacious defensive effort, and despite playing with a heavy heart, Ionescu scored Oregon’s final four points of the game and finished with a team-high 19 points. However, it was Slocum who scored the final bucket of the match, her first and final triple of the evening - a testament to Oregon’s effective perimeter defense.
After the game, Ionescu said that the rest of the season was in honor of Kobe. Their season continues on the road against Utah this Thursday at 7 PM.
*Sabrina Ionescu (40 min): 8 REB - 3 AST - 1 STL - 2 TO - 2 PF - 6/17 FG - 0/2 3PT - 7/7 FT - 19 PTS
*Satou Sabally (40 min): 9 REB - 4 AST - 1 STL - 3 TO - 2 PF - 6/17 FG - 1/6 3PT - 3/3 FT - 16 PTS
*Ruthy Hebard (33 min): 14 REB - 1 AST - 2 BLK - 2 STL - 1 TO - 3 PF - 5/10 FG - 3/4 FT - 13 PTS
*Minyon Moore (23 min): 2 AST - 1 STL - 2 TO - 2 PF - 3/6 FG - 1/3 3PT - 7 PTS
*Erin Boley (20 min): 1 REB - 1 AST - 2 PF - 0/1 FG - 0/1 3PT
Taylor Chavez (19 min): 2 REB - 1 STL - 1 TO - 5 PF - 3/3 FG - 2/2 3PT - 8 PTS
Jaz Shelley (19 min): 1 AST - 1/7 FG - 1/5 3PT - 3 PTS
Holly Winterburn (6 min): 0/1 FG
OREGON STATE STARTERS
*Mikayla Pivec: 12 REB - 4 AST - 1 STL - 3 TO - 4 PF - 9/14 FG - 0/1 3PT - 2/5 FT - 20 PTS
*Destiny Slocum: 6 AST - 2 TO - 3 PF - 3/11 FG - 1/7 3PT - 2/2 FT - 9 PTS
*Kat Tudor: 3 REB - 1 AST - 1 TO - 3 PF - 2/9 FG - 2/5 3PT - 2/2 FT - 8 PTS
*Taylor Jones: 2 REB - 1 AST - 3 BLK - 1 TO - 5 PF - 3/6 FG - 2/2 FT - 8 PTS
*Kennedy Brown: 5 REB - 2 AST - 2 TO - 1/8 FG - 1/3 3PT - 3 PTS
NEXT UP: @ Utah
1/30, Thursday, 7 PM, PAC12 NETWORK