The Oregon Ducks (12-3, 9-3) survived a close game against the impressive UC Davis Aggies (5-1), ultimately winning 63 to 57 at Matt Knight Arena.
EUGENE, OREGON - After COVID-19 protocol resulted in the cancellation of games against the mountain schools and Arizona State the Oregon Women’s Basketball team decided to invite UC Davis to Eugene in an effort to sharpen their skills after two weeks of inactivity, and the Aggies gave them all they could handle.
After a layup from Nyara Sabally and a couple of made free throws from Sedona Prince gave Oregon an early 4-0 lead, UC Davis used a barrage of three-pointers to keep pace with the Ducks and ultimately end the opening quarter with a 16-12 lead.
The surprise break in PAC-12 play didn’t disrupt Oregon’s recent shooting slump, which extended into this game as the Ducks finished the first half shooting 31.3 percent from the floor. The Aggies built a six-point lead with 4:26 left before the half, but the Ducks were able to catch up to their visitors and even the score before the half thanks to a pair of layups from Boley and a bucket from Kylee Watson that tied the game at 25 apiece.
The two teams traded scores for much of the third quarter, but after a Boley triple and a Prince layup put the Ducks up 34 to 30 the Aggies hit three consecutive fastbreak triples that gave them a five-point advantage and would have likely caused Coach Kelly Graves to rip out his hair if he had any.
The Ducks entered the fourth quarter trailing 46 to 42, then Sabally took over. The redshirt sophomore scored eight unanswered points to kickoff the final frame and spark a 13-0 run that included a rare triple from the forward.
The Aggies responded by putting together a 6-0 run of their own, but Sabally then scored five more unanswered points which included yet another triple. A late three-pointer from Evanne Turner cut the lead to four with 33 seconds remaining in the game, but Sydney Parrish hit a pair of free throws that helped seal the win.
Boley (17 points, 8 rebounds) and Sabally (15 points, 6 rebounds) were the clear leaders for the Ducks in this contest, though Prince also made an obvious impression by scoring 12 points in just 13 minutes of play. The Ducks finished the game shooting 40.3 percent and held the Aggies to just 37.9 percent. Oregon was forced to play without Taylor Chavez and Maddie Scherr due to COVID-19 Protocol.
The Ducks will take on the No. 9 Arizona Wildcats this Monday for what will surely be a crucial game in the PAC-12 race.
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