Statement Win: Oregon Ducks Drop Stanford At Maples Pavillion

Oti Gildon gets back on Defense vs Colorado at Matthew Knight ArenaJustin Phillips/KPNW Sports
Oti Gildon gets back on Defense vs Colorado at Matthew Knight ArenaJustin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

The Oregon Ducks are showing that this team this season is already special and they are taking the Pac-12 game by game to reach their ultimate goal.

You don’t have to look far on the stat sheet to tell that the game on  Sunday at Stanford was a total team effort. It was Oregon who was dominant from the start, and even though the Cardinal tried to fight through it, the Ducks were not to be denied. It seemed that for every defensive stop that Stanford thought they had, Oregon had an outlet pass that was a knockdown three-point dagger from anyone on the floor.

Stanford was handed the worst loss in Head Coach Tara Vanderveer’s career at Maples Pavillion by 40 points, 88-48. Sabrina Ionescu finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists earning Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. She has clearly found her shot again after hitting a roughly three-game shooting slump last month. Then, she had plenty of help as she did on Sunday.

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Erin Boley and Satou Sabally combined to hit 7 three-pointers. Sabally also had a block finishing with 11 points. Boley finished the game with 12 points,

The Cardinal opened the game with the first four points before Oregon responded with a 14 point run. Ionescu keyed the run scoring 17 her 28 points in the first half. The Oregon Ducks had another 15-0 run just before halftime pushing their lead to 44-20. Winning as decisively as they did on the road in a hostile Maples Pavillion shows that this team can win anywhere.

With the win Oregon remains undefeated in Pac-12 play and extend their lead in the Pac-12 Conference. Earlier this week, the NCAA released a preliminary NCAA Tournament Bracket if March Madness started today and Oregon would be one of the four number one seeds and play in the Portland, Oregon Regional, close to home. Oregon has done a good job of blocking out the noise all season and will have to do it again this week.

The Oregon Ducks host a Top 10 Matchup with Oregon State on Friday night before heading to Corvallis to take on OSU on Sunday. The Ducks and Beavers meet in the Civil War Friday night at 6 pm Pacific Time on Pac-12 Network.