The Oregon Women’s Basketball team (3-0) set two new records with their 82-to-53 victory over Colorado (2-1) on Friday at Matt Knight Arena: Most Consecutive Wins (22) and Most Consecutive Home Wins (20).
Coach Kelly Graves is still fine-tuning his roster rotation, but overall the Ducks looked promising on offense and dominant on defense. Redshirt sophomore Nyara Sabally earned her first start of the game and rewarded Graves with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds—her first double-double as a Duck.
The combination of Sabally and Sedona Prince proved to be a powerful defensive force. The mere presence of one or both of these towering figures (Sabally is 6’5, Prince is 6’7) clogged up passing lanes and made the easy layup a much more complicated endeavor.
The Ducks used an 8-0 run to take an eight-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but to Colorado’s credit, they did a good job containing the Oregon offense, especially in the first half where they finished trailing just 26 to 34.
But after a low-scoring first half, a trio of Ducks helped lead the way towards a 29-point victory by dominating in the third quarter, just as they had against Portland the game before. Erin Boley added her name to the Oregon history books by becoming Oregon’s fifth best career three-point shooter. The senior finished with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting while hitting four of her eight three-point attempts.
Sabally was the true superstar of the day with a team-high 20 points, and fans of Ruthy Hebard will be pleased to know that her style of play lives on in Eugene. Sabally was a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor, and even managed to drain her first and only three-pointer.
Te-hina Paopao and Taylor Mikesell are making their cases for playing time, and the freshman Paopao looked especially good this game, finishing with 13 points, four assists, and three rebounds in just 24 minutes of play. The Ducks had 12 players play in the game and all 12 scored.
Prince likely would have finished with a higher stat line than she did if not for a brief scare in the third quarter in which she went down with a leg injury, fortunately for Duck fans she proved to be well after icing her leg, re-entering the game in the fourth when Coach Graves sent his starters back out to pull away from the Buffs.
The Ducks started slow but finished the game shooting 50 percent from the floor (31-of-62) and 45.5 percent from the three-point line (10-of-22). The Buffs were held to just 31.9 percent from the floor (22-of-69) and 22.2 percent from the three (4-of-18) thanks to some tenacious defense. However, Oregon still has plenty to improve upon as they committed 15 turnovers and shot just 58.8 percent from the charity stripe.
Still, this team looks really, really good!
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