Big Fourth Quarter Leads To Oregon Ducks Win Over Utah Utes

Oregon Ducks Ruthy Hebard looks for the ball against Arizona State.Justin Philips/KPNW Sports
Oregon Ducks Ruthy Hebard looks for the ball against Arizona State.Justin Philips/KPNW Sports /

The Oregon Ducks Women’s Basketball team found a way to win against the Utah Utes on Friday night, dominating the fourth quarter for the 87-65 victory.

It was a game where Offensive Efficiency shined for Oregon with six different players scoring in double figures. Sabrina Ionescu continued to struggle but was effective in other ways throughout the game. She finished the game 3 for 11 from the floor, but her teammates led the way. Satou Sabally continued to lead the way for Oregon in Pac-12 play. She is averaging better than 20 points per game and led the way with 20 points against Utah.

Ruthy Hebard found her inside shot early with 16 points for the game. The Ducks Starters were leaned on a lot but Oti Gildon had possibly the key 8 points for the game, including two layups helping the Ducks maintain a lead. The Ducks scored 10 points from their bench and held Utah to 0 bench points.

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The game was close until the final quarter. Both teams had double-digits in assists. Oregon finished with 21, Utah had 18. Oregon held the Utes scoreless in the final two minutes while finding 20 points on the scoreboard in about a three-minute span on a 17-3 run late. The Ducks finished with 42 points in the paint.

With the Oregon Ducks success this season, the attention and spotlight on Sabrina Ionescu are shining bright. Earlier this week ESPN predicted that Ionescu is the likely first pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft. Head Coach Kelly Graves was asked about the possibility of Ionescu leaving the Ducks, “I don’t think she’s worried about it. I think she’ll have time after the season, and I think depending upon how well we do will help to determine what that decision is. She’s going to have to answer that.”

With Stanford losing their second Pac-12 game this season to Cal on Friday night and Utah falling to Oregon, not only are the Ducks in sole possession of first place in the Conference, but they are also the only undefeated team in Conference play. Oregon returns to the court on Sunday to take on Colorado at Noon. The game will be available on the Oregon Live Stream.