The No. 13 Oregon Ducks (12-6, 9-6) were run over by the No. 8 UCLA Bruins (12-4, 10-4) in a regular season sweep that finished with an 83-56 victory for the home team at Pauley Pavilion.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - The Oregon Women’s Basketball team was swept away by its third PAC-12 opponent of the season when the No. 8 UCLA Bruins buried the Ducks in an early barrage of points and never looked back. The Ducks continued to shoot poorly—finishing this contest with a measly 35.7 shooting percentage from the floor—and the Bruins were more than ready to take advantage of Oregon’s offensive difficulties.
UCLA opened the scoring with a triple from Natalie Chou and raced out to a 28-11 lead at the end of the first quarter by hitting six three-pointers in the opening frame. Meanwhile, Oregon regularly failed to connect on even the most routine field goals and connected on just 9 of their 25 shots from downtown by game’s end.
Back-to-back threes from Te-Hina Paopao cut the lead to 11 early in the second quarter, but UCLA held Oregon scoreless in the final 5:35 of the second and scored 11 unanswered points to put themselves up 46 to 22 at the half. The Ducks were never able to get within 16 points of the Bruins for the remainder of the contest.
Nyara Sabally once again led the Ducks (12 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Blk) followed closely by Paopao (11 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast), but outside of those two no other Oregon player scored in double digits. UCLA, on the other hand, had five players tally double-digit scores, including senior Michaela Onyenwere who scored a game-high 17 points.
Freshman Sydney Parrish (7 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast) earned her second career start while Sedona Prince once again came off the bench, scoring five points in 21 minutes of play. Taylor Chavez played her first game back since January 24. She was forced to sit out due to COVID-19 protocol and against the Bruins she tallied 6 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.
Oregon forced more turnovers than UCLA (16 to 15) but the Bruins were able to score 21 points off of Oregon’s TOs while the Ducks recorded just six. The Ducks were also embarrassed on the boards, losing the rebound battle 24 to 47.
Kelly Graves and the Ducks look to bounce back with wins in their final two games of the season—Sunday vs USC and then a week later against Oregon State—though there may be room for some previously postponed games to find their way in between.
NEXT UP: @ USC
Sunday, 12 PM, PAC-12 Network - Los Angeles, California