Mansfield, Connecticut - The #3 Oregon Ducks (20-2) defeated the #4 UConn Huskies (19-2) by a score of 74 to 56.
The win was Oregon’s first over mighty UConn and also the worst loss for the Huskies at Gampel Pavilion since it opened in 1990!
1ST HALF: UConn’s Christyn Williams made the first bucket of the game, but the Ducks responded in dominating fashion by scoring the next 10 points; an Erin Boley triple gave Oregon their first lead and the Ducks would hold on to it for the entirety of the game. A second Boley three-pointer ended the 10-0 run after Olivia Nelson-Ododa scored a jumper to cut the lead to six.
Moments later, a Satou Sabally triple seemed to build some distance from the Huskies, but Crystal Dangerfield scored a transition three after Nelson-Ododa served up a block. Minyon Moore answered with a jumper, but Megan Walker got UConn within five after draining a shot from downtown. Ultimately, the home crowd left the first half with a bad taste in their mouths as Sabally connected on a last-second three, assisted by Moore after Taylor Chavez got the steal, that put Oregon up 22 to 12 going into the second quarter.
The Ducks were able to protect and extend their double-digit lead in the second. Ruthy Hebard nearly recorded a double-double before the half with 15 points and nine rebounds (she earned the double-double in the third) and Sabrina Ionescu was on pace for her first triple-double against a top-10 opponent, though she would ultimately finish short by one rebound and one assist. Erin Boley connected with three first-half three-pointers and the Ducks played some tenacious D led by Minyon Moore to a 44-31 lead into the half.
2ND HALF: The Huskies hit four three-pointers in the third quarter that helped them stay competitive against the Ducks, but the home team was never able to overcome the double-digit cushion established in the opening minutes of the game. Satou Sabally scored nine in the third and Minyon Moore continued to find success on both sides of the court.
Up by 13 points, the Oregon Ducks held the Huskies scoreless on their home court for the final 4:11 of the game while tacking on a Hebard and-one and a Moore jumper to create the final score of 74 to 56. The Ducks shot 47.6 percent from the field and just 30 percent from three-point land but also limited the huskies to just 39.3% and 38.5%. This game was all about the starters for the Ducks, each scoring at least ten points, and Hebard and Sabally recording double-doubles.
The Ducks return home to take on a couple of talented Arizona schools, starting with the Wildcats on Friday at 6 PM PT.
*Ruthy Hebard (36 min): 12 REB - 1 AST - 2 BLK - 1 STL - 2 TO - 4 PF - 10/14 FG - 2/3 FT - 22 PTS
*Satou Sabally (36 min): 10 REB - 4 AST - 1 BLK - 1 STL - 2 PF - 6/17 FG - 2/7 3PT - 3/3 FT - 17 PTS
*Erin Boley (28 min): 2 REB - 1 TO - 1 PF - 5/7 FG - 3/5 3PT - 13 PTS
*Minyon Moore (35 min): 2 REB - 6 AST - 1 BLK - 2 STL - 2 TO - 3 PF - 5/8 FG - 0/2 3PT - 2/4 FT - 12 PTS
*Sabrina Ionescu (38 min): 9 REB - 9 AST - 2 STL - 4 TO - 4/12 FG - 1/3 3PT - 1/2 FT - 10 PTS
Taylor Chavez (19 min): 1 AST - 2 STL - 1 PF - 0/5 FG - 0/3 3PT
Jaz Shelley (5 min): 1 BLK - 1 TO
Lydia Giomi (2 min):
Holly Winterburn (1 min):
*Crystal Dangerfield: 1 REB - 2 AST - 2 STL - 3 TO - 7/11 FG - 4/6 3PT - 1/3 FT - 19 PTS
*Megan Walker: 7 REB - 3 AST - 2 STL - 2 TO - 2 PF - 3/16 FG - 2/9 3PT - 8 PTS
*Olivia Nelson-Ododa: 6 REB - 6 AST - 2 BLK - 3 TO - 3 PF - 4/5 FG - 8 PTS
*Christyn Williams: 4 REB - 1 TO - 3 PF - 2/9 FG - 1/3 3PT - 5 PTS
NEXT UP: Arizona
2/7, Friday, 6 PM, PAC12 NETWORK