The Oregon Women’s Basketball entered the Pac-12 Tournament as the top seed with a first-round bye. They knocked out Utah 79-59 on Friday with strong performances by Sabrina Ionecu and Satou Sabally.
Ionescu was as solid as she has been in the last few years in the Pac-12 Tournament. She finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals vs the Utes. It was an impressive Friday performance for the top-seeded Oregon Ducks who will continue play on Saturday.
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For Oregon, Jaz Shelley led off the bench with 10 points. She was 2 for 3 from beyond the arc. As a team, the Ducks shot 50 percent from the floor and 52 percent from three-point range. Erin Boley who has been on a tear over the last three games was 3 for 6 from distance tying Ionescu who was also 3 for 6 from outside.
The Oregon Ducks overcame a game-high 16 turnovers with 20 assists along with 11 steals and 5 blocks. Satou Sabally finished with 17 points and Ruthy Hebard was held in check with 8 points as Utah did their best to take away the Ducks inside game. Oregon had 26 points in the paint to Utah’s 30 points, but the Oregon Offense used multiple players to pull away midway through the first quarter.
Utah took a 19-16 lead into the second quarter. Oregon pull away in the second quarter scoring 29 points as the Ducks Defense clamped down allowing just 10 points to Utah on the way to a 20 point win, their third over the Utes this season.
Oregon will face Arizona in the semifinal round of the Women’s Pac-12 Tournament on Saturday night. Tipoff is set for 6 pm from Las Vegas on Pac-12 Network.