The non-conference slate was good to Colorado, but opening Pac-12 play was a different animal facing Oregon in a 104-46 loss.
Both Oregon and Colorado entered Pac-12 play looking for their first win of the new year. After Colorado won the opening tip and scored a three-pointer on their opening possession, you knew this had the potential to be one of those games
Midway through the first quarter, Oregon started to take control finding a 14-2 run in the opening minutes of the game to take a 14-5 lead midway through the quarter. Sabrina Ionescu had a steal and a bucket to push the Ducks lead to 18-5 forcing a Colorado timeout.
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Oregon continued to push momentum into the second quarter and also push the lead Midway through the second, the Ducks had forced the Buffaloes into 8 turnovers. Oregon was also winning the rebounding battle +3. Colorado was just 6 for 25 from the field for the game. Sabrina Ionescu hit back to back three-point shots with 3:30 remaining in the first hit off the backboard and then back through the basket to push the Oregon lead to 45-20.
The Ducks took a 51-22 lead into halftime.
Oregon opened the third quarter on an 11-4 run continuing to force Colorado into turnovers.
It was clear at halftime, that Oregon was in pretty much total control. The shots in the second half were not falling and many were forced by Colorado as the Ducks continued to hit shot after shot. Taylor Chavez hit back to back three-pointers with just under eight minutes left in the game to make it 90-41 Oregon.
It’s just special. Us accomplishing things together. I hope we can accomplish a few more things this year.
Ruthy Hebard on 2000 point milestone and Sabrina Ionescu’s 900 assists
For the game, everyone scored for Oregon. The Ducks were led by Sabrina Ionecu and Ruthy Hebard who both had 21 points. Jaz Shelley and Taylor Chavez played a good part of the second half and finished with 10 points each. Oregon forced Colorado into 21 turnovers for the game. For Colorado, the Buffs now have their first loss of the season after starting 11-0.
Oregon returns to Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday to face Utah Sunday at 2 pm Pacific Time on Pac-12 Network.