The Oregon Women’s Basketball team’s mission of unfinished business was on display Thursday night in Salt Lake City in a 90-63 win over the Utah Utes.
It was points a plenty for the Oregon Ducks as two players finished with double-doubles in the victory. Both Ruthy Hebard and Sabrina Ionescu finished with 23 and 10 points respectively. It has been an emotional week for the Ducks following the passing of team friend and mentor Kobe Bryant, but on the court, it was all business. The Oregon Defense has 12 steals in the game leading to a big win.
The Ducks went on a ten-point streak and 11 point streak in the first quarter alone taking a 31-16 lead into the second quarter and they never looked back. Both teams had 16 turnovers and Ionecsu had four but made up for them finishing with 10 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds. Oregon had 44 points in the paint and were able to pick up 26 fast break points keyed by Satou Sabally. She finished with a team-high 23 points off 7 for 12 shooting and hitting 3 of 4 from three-point range.
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The Utah Utes had one player score in double digits and Kemery Martin finished with 15 points. Oregon held five Utes to five points or less in the game. The Ducks held Utah to shooting 38 percent from the floor while hitting 55 percent. Utah also made just 26 percent of their free throws. The Ducks Defense was on point and will need to be with a game vs Connecticut looming large later this week.
Oregon will face Colorado Saturday who have lost four of their last five games in the first half of Pac-12 play. The Buffaloes opened the season on a nine-game winning streak and are capable of competing, but currently sit five games behind the first-place Ducks. Oregon is tied at the top of the standings with Stanford.
The Ducks and Buffaloes tipoff from Boulder at 1 pm Pacific Time on Pac-12 Networks.