The No. 7 Oregon Women’s Basketball team (6-0, 4-0) survived a defensive battle against the washington huskies (4-3, 1-3), ultimately pulling away in the fourth quarter by a score of 73 to 49 in *Seattle.
Freshman Sydney Parrish had the best game of her young career, coming off the bench to lead the Ducks with 18 points (7-of-12 from the floor, 4-of-8 from the three) in just 20 minutes of play.
As a team, Oregon shot well below their average. Particularly in the second and third quarter, where they went a combined 10-of-32 from the floor. Thankfully, the Tall Firs were able to outscore their opponents in every quarter due to a tenacious Duck defense that maintained a double-digit cushion throughout most of the game.
Starters Nyara Sabally (13 points) and Te-Hina Paopao (12 points) led the offensive attack in the first half, but to washington’s credit, their defense constantly shifted their point of attack, which led to Oregon’s lowest point total of the season.
Erin Boley, who typically plays her best games against the huskies, scored just five points off one three-pointer and two free throws, finishing her day 1-of-8 from the floor. Oregon’s other two starters—Jaz Shelley and Taylor Mikesell—scored a combined five points against a pesky washington defense.
Coach Kelly Graves saw Oregon’s early struggles and course-corrected by reaching into his talented roster to find a new sense of energy. The “bench players” rewarded his trust by scoring 38 points and putting in solid minutes.
Sedona Prince played limited minutes in an effort to preserve her health after an ankle injury suffered against Colorado on December 4; she finished with eight points in 15 minutes. Freshman Angela Dugalic (6 points), freshman Maddie Scherr (4 points), and senior Lydia Giomi (2 points) contributed to the score while maintaining an impressive defensive stand.
The team up north was held to 33.9% on 19-of-56 shooting. They were also held to just five three pointers in 18 attempts. The huskies did well enough to keep within striking distance of the Ducks for much of the game, however, the mighty Duck defense scored 34 points off of 11 forced turnovers.
Even on a bad shooting day, these Ducks will find a way to beat you bad!
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