Oregon Ducks Make Quick Work Of USC Trojans, Sabally Leads Team With 26

Oregon Ducks Sabrina Ionescu at Matthew Knight Arena.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports
Oregon Ducks Sabrina Ionescu at Matthew Knight Arena.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

The Oregon Ducks sent the USC Trojans to a 0-4 start in Pac-12 play with a 93-53 win Friday night.

Three players scored in double figures for Oregon led by Satou Sabally who was 9 for 18 from the floor putting in 26 points. Sabrina Ionescu became the All-Time Assists leader for Oregon midway through the first half. After setting a scoring high for her career last week in Eugene, Erin Boley was relatively quiet against the Trojans, doing more work on the Defensive end with 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

The Ducks hit 54 percent from the floor and had their way around the basket most of the night. Oregon outrebounded USC 36-34 and finished the game with 20 assists. Kelly Graves watched his team hold USC to just 9 points in each of the first two quarters while building a close to insurmountable 41-18  lead at halftime.

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Sabrina Ionescu was tied entering the game for the Oregon Assist mark that was broken with a pass to Satou Sabally early in the game. The Pac-12 mark is certainly within reach for Ionescu. It was reset last season by Jordin Canada(UCLA) The high mark is 831, Ionescu currently sits at 615 following the win at USC.

Oregon found a hot start on the road hitting over 65 percent from the floor in the first quarter setting the pace and holding the USC Trojans to just 2 for 10 good shots in the first 10 minutes. One player off the bench that has stood out this season has been the play of Freshman Taylor Chavez. While she is not the tallest player on the floor, she certainly plays with a lot of energy and knows how to find open spots on the floor.

Chavez played a good part of the fourth quarter vs USC. She finished the game with 14 points and game-high six steals. She also had a block and was on the floor for 26 minutes.