After offensive struggles in their series against Oregon State that ended with each team earning a win, Oregon came out against UCLA with a much better offensive performance in their 67-53 win over the UCLA Bruins.
The Ducks opened up the first quarter with three assists on their first three baskets, including an opening three from Maddie Scherr. For a team that only averages about 15 assists a game, they ended with 11 in the first half. The Ducks had a much better offensive output in the first half as well. Oregon finished the first half hitting 51 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc. Te-Hina Paopao, Endyia Rogers, and Maddie Scherr all finished the first half with two threes each. Oregon also did a great job defensively only holding the Bruins to 36 percent shooting in the first half. Oregon ended the first half doubling UCLA’s score, 40-20.
While the second half was much more scrapper compared to the first, Oregon still prevailed in keeping a consistent lead over UCLA. The third quarter kicked with a four-point play from Charisma, who finished with a team-high 16 points and 5 rebounds but shot very inefficiently, 6-15 from the floor. Dominique Onu also scored 16 points of her own for the Bruins, off the bench. UCLA did outscore the Ducks by 10 and was out-rebounded by 9 in the third quarter. But Oregon’s offense prevailed in the fourth quarter, not allowing the Bruins to ever close the gap from the first half. Despite being outrebounded in the third quarter, the Ducks fixed that and outrebounded the Bruins by 5. UCLA struggled shooting 4-18 as the game came to an end.
Sedona Prince refound her offensive groove, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, and two blocks off the bench for the Ducks. While the big three of Sabally, Paopao, and Rogers combined for 43 points. While the Ducks held UCLA’s top three scorers in Osbourne, Ilmar’l Thomas, and Jaelynn Penn to only 22 points. Sabally had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Oregon did finish with 16 assists to 13 turnovers. Paopao also had a strong game defensively with 3 steals. A lot of strong performances down to the 12 women off the bench for the Ducks. The Ducks look forward to facing the California Golden Bears on Friday before facing off against Stanford, the number two team in the country.