The 4-seed Oregon Ducks (13-8, 10-7) were taken down by the 5-seed Oregon State Beavers (11-6, 7-6) for the second time in five days. The 64-to-71 loss was the first and only PAC-12 Tournament game for the Ducks, who now await their seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - The Oregon Ducks failed to exact their revenge on their rival during yesterday’s quarterfinal and were instead bumped out of the PAC-12 Tournament. Taylor Mikesell, who finished with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting, was one of the few bright spots for an Oregon team that is currently struggling to run its offense successfully,
Nyara Sabally was the other Duck to score in double digits and alongside Mikesell the duo were responsible for 40 of Oregon’s 64 points. Sedona Prince added eight points in 13 minutes of play, but no Duck had a particularly accurate day shooting the ball. Oregon finished shooting 43.3 percent from the floor and hit just four of their 16 shots from deep.
While the Oregon offense failed to get off the ground the Duck defense kept the team within striking distance until a disastrous third quarter sunk their chances. The Ducks held the Beavers to 2-of-16 shooting in the opening quarter, unfortunately, Oregon was only able to build a 10-5 lead during that stretch.
Oregon State’s shooting slump didn’t last much longer, and despite only scoring 24 points in the first half the Beavers led the contest due to a season-low 19-point halftime score from Oregon.
The Beavers then sprinted away from the Ducks in the third quarter by finishing the frame shooting 12-of-15 from the floor, 3-of-4 from downtown and outscoring the Ducks 31 to 21. During that stretch the Beavs put together a 13-0 run.
To Oregon’s credit, they were able to pull within four points twice late in the fourth quarter, and it was clear that Te-Hina Paopao could have played a huge part in this contest if not for the fact that she was sidelined with a walking boot. But 5-seed Oregon State proved too talented on offense to contain for four quarters. Talia von Oelhoffen (19 points), Aleah Goodman (13 points), Sasha Goforth (10 points), and Taylor Jones (10 points) led the attack for OSU.
Hopefully some rest will help the team find its groove as the NCAA Tournament approaches.