The No. 11 Oregon Ducks (9-2, 7-2) got back on track with a 100-to-41 shellacking of the California Golden Bears (0-10, 0-7) at Haas Pavilion.
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA - The Ducks came into this contest hoping to avoid something they hadn’t done since the 2016-17 season: lose three games in a row. Not only did they escape that grim fate, but they also handed (a not very good) California team their biggest loss of the season.
Oregon scored the first six points of the contest, but with 3:10 left in the first quarter the winless Golden Bears were within three points of the No. 11 Ducks. But Oregon’s defense tightened up and managed to put together an 8-0 run to close out the quarter with a 26-15 advantage after a Kylee Watson layup.
Oregon was ruthlessly efficient in the first half, hitting 60 percent of their shots from the floor, committing just two turnovers, and outscoring the Golden Bears 50 to 19. Of course, you don’t get lopsided halftime scores like that unless you’re playing some mighty strong defense, and the Ducks did just that.
By game’s end, Cal was 29.1 percent (16-of-55) from the floor and connected on just one of their 16 shots from deep. The Golden Bears turned the ball over 23 times and the Ducks score 29 points off of those turnovers. A combined total of 12 points scored in the second and third quarter doomed any chance of Cal making this a competitive game.
Oregon, on the other hand, found little resistance against the outmatched Cal defense, dominating the boards 47 to 35 and tallying 54 of their 100 points in the paint. The Ducks finished 52.5 percent (42-of-80) from the floor and 33 percent (7-of-21) from downtown. The deep Duck roster overwhelmed the hapless Golden Bears, and even Oregon’s bench accounted for more points (47) than the home team.
Six different Ducks scored in double figures: Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Paopao, and Taylor Chavez tied for the team-high at 13 apiece, while Watson had a career high 12 points, Erin Boley 11 points, and Taylor Mikesell 10 points.
Sedona Prince continues to recover from her ankle injury suffered early December against Colorado, and Mikesell was able to play through the pain of being hit in the eye within the first couple of minutes of play.
The Ducks remain on the road to take on the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats, who are coming off of a surprising overtime loss to the Washington State Cougars.
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