The No. 8 Oregon Women’s Basketball team (8-0, 6-0) pulled away from the USC Trojans (3-5, 1-5) in the second quarter to extend their winning streak to 27 straight games, ultimately winning 92 to 69.
The Ducks played without junior guard Taylor Chavez due to family matters, and were also down superstar Sedona Prince and freshman Sydney Parrish. Fortunately, the Ducks were able to maintain their high-level of play by utilizing their talented roster.
Six different Oregon players finished in double-digit scoring: Taylor Mikesell with 16 points, Nyara Sabally with 15 points, Te-Hina Paopao with 14 points, Erin Boley with 13 points, Jaz Shelley with 13 points, and freshman Kylee Watson with a career-high 11 points to lead the Duck bench.
It took awhile for either team to score, but once Shelley drained a triple at the 7:20 mark in the opening quarter Oregon took an early lead that would not relinquish, racing out to an 11-2 lead to set the tone. The Trojans were able to cut the lead to seven with a jumper from Jordan Sanders at the end of the opening frame, but a 23-to-7 second quarter from Oregon buried the visiting team.
Paopao hit a triple to kickoff the third quarter, which expanded Oregon’s lead to a game-high 26 points. The Trojans would fight to within 16 points, but strong play in the fourth sealed the win for the Ducks. Angela Dugalic also had a good night, finishing with a team-high nine rebounds.
Oregon shot 51.4 percent (36-of-70) from the floor and 34.5 percent (10-of-29) from the three, while limiting USC to 48 percent (24-of-50) shooting and just 6-of-13 three-point shooting. The Ducks also out-rebounded USC 38 to 25, and scored 20 points off of USC’s 16 turnovers.
8-0 for third time in program history ✅— Oregon Women’s Basketball (@OregonWBB) January 2, 2021
6-0 in Pac-12 play ✅
27th straight win overall ✅
24th straight Pac-12 win ✅
22nd straight home win ✅
53-2 at MKA since 2017-18 ✅
Ninth straight win vs. USC ✅#GoDucks pic.twitter.com/spIs0NTiJr
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