The Oregon Women’s Basketball team played a big game and won against Stanford Thursday night and the key would be to not let up vs California Sunday. The team did not.
Satou Sabally was on from the start scoring a season-high 31 points in a 105-55 win over the Golden Bears. Erin Boley found her shot going 6 for 8 from the floor. Boley will be a player that the Ducks will need over the next two months so it was key that she was able to find her shot. Sabally helped the Ducks to shooting better than 60 percent from the floor and 58 percent from three-point range as five players scored in double figures.
While Sabrina Ionescu was not the focal point, the Senior made her presence felt in the win. She finished with 14 points and 10 assists for a double as she continues to move up the records list at the University of Oregon.
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Oregon also had 28 assists in a very offensively efficient win. The Ducks had just 8 turnovers in the game and 22 fast-break points to go with 14 steals and 58 points in the paint. The impressive win moved the Ducks up to 4th in the latest Associated Press poll.
For Oregon, the biggest factor was the game before theirs on Sunday. Stanford pulled off a win in Corvallis over Oregon State sending the Beavers down a few spots and helping Oregon with one less team to fight for a key spot in the NCAA Tournament. Oregon needs to make a statement again this week as they will play the Civil War vs Oregon State twice. First, in Eugene on Friday night and then Sunday in Corvallis.
The Stanford Cardinal enter this week ranked 6th after a 1-1 week in Oregon. The Oregon State Beavers are 8th. UConn is ranked ahead of the Ducks in 3rd. Oregon travels to Storrs to take on the Huskies on February 3rd in what will likely be one of the top games of the year.
Up first, Oregon State. The Ducks and Beavers tipoff at a sold out Matthew Knight Arena on Friday night at 7 pm Pacific Time on Pac-12 Network.