The Stanford Cardinal went in the game with Oregon having just eight scholarship players in total. The Ducks were not able to come back from a big Stanford third quarter, falling 70-63.
The Oregon Women’s Basketball team lost to their second straight ranked opponent in the same week. Kelly Graves knew going into the game with Stanford and getting a win would be difficult. The Cardinal came in undefeated and the top team in the country. Oregon battled and led at the end of the first half 33-32.
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For the game, both teams shot the ball well. Oregon was 39 percent from the floor. Stanford hit 43 percent of their shots. Oregon took more shots from three-point range hitting 37 percent from distance led by Te-Hina Paopao hitting 2 of 3. Jaz Shelley was again in the starting lineup but was unable to score. She was 0 for 1 from three-point range and 0 for 3 for the game. Four ducks finished in double figures with Freshman Sydney Parrish leading the way with 14 points.
Stanford exerted their muscle in the third quarter doubling up the Ducks with 28 points. They extended their lead by 13 points in the ten minute period. Four possessions in the period were points scored off of Oregon turnovers.
Both teams had double-digit turnovers, but the Ducks won the turnover battle 17-15. The four in the third quarter were key to the Stanford win. The final minutes of the game also played a big role. The Cardinal did not make a field goal for most of the fourth quarter finishing with just 10 points, their lowest quarter output of the game. Oregon hit four of their final five shots to pull within 7 points.
Oregon continues on their four-game road trip and will take on California on Sunday. The Ducks then travel to Arizona and Arizona State next week before returning home to Matthew Knight Arena for the Washington Schools starting January 22nd.
The Golden Bears and Ducks will play Sunday at 1 pm Pacific Time on Pac-12 Network.