The Oregon Ducks suffered a crushing 77-to-88 loss to the Oregon State Beavers (9-6, 7-6) at Matt Knight Arena to close out the regular season with a 13-7, 10-7 record.
EUGENE, OREGON -The Ducks were down starting guard Te-Hina Paopao who was seen in a walking boot near the bench during the contest, and her presence was sorely misssed. Led by 22 points from Paopao, the Ducks dismantled the Beavers the first time they met this season in Corvallis by a score of 79 to 59, but since then Oregon State has drastically improved on defense and three-point shooting, resulting in a bitter-sweet senior day for Oregon.
Early on, the Beavers dominated the boards and raced out to a 9-4 led, but a huge half from Sedona Prince helped keep the Ducks competitive. Prince scored 18 of her career-high 22 points before halftime in just 25 minutes of play coming off the bench. But despite her best efforts, a last-second layup from Talia Von Oelhoffen put Oregon State up 38-35 at the half.
Oregon State hit their first four attempts from three-point land to open up the third quarter while Oregon finished the frame shooting 4-of-17 from the floor. Twice the Ducks rallied to within eight points in the final quarter, but OSU was able to maintain their high energy and earn the upset.
Taylor Mikesell and Erin Boley recorded 16 points apiece and Nyara Sabally earned her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Boley and Lydia Giomi were honored after the game as seniors.
Oregon finished the contest shooting 41.7 percent and hitting 6 of their 12 shots from three, however Oregon State outpaced the home team by tallying 50 percent from the floor and 55 percent from long range.
Despite the loss, Oregon has earned a first round bye in next week’s PAC-12 Tournament.
NEXT UP: 12-seed Cal or 5-seed
Thursday, 11 AM, PAC-12 Network - Las Vegas, Nevada