Loss to Colorado a fitting end to Oregon women's basketball dreadful season

Oregon head coach Kelly Graves.
Oregon head coach Kelly Graves. / Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA

After head coach Kelly Graves' worst year ever, the Oregon Ducks' season has finally come to an end.

Oregon women's basketball finished the year at 11-21 and last in the Pac-12 after a final defeat to No. 18 Colorado in the conference tournament.

While the Buffs were heavily favored going into the matchup, Graves' Ducks were expected to at least put up a fight, especially because it was their final chance at making it to March Madness.

However, after just one quarter, Oregon was already trailing by an astonishing 19 points with seemingly no chance to recover.

Grace VanSlooten was Oregon's leading scorer in the game and the forward only earned 9 points. Usually consistent players Phillipina Kyei and Chance Gray failed to show up to the game, the pair only scored 14 total points.

At halftime, Colorado was absolutely demolishing the Ducks. With a 38-11 lead, the Buffaloes were truly running away with the tournament's opening game.

Frida Formann and Quay Miller were playing at their best level yet this season and combined for 27 points and four rebounds. With teammate Tameiya Sadler coming off the bench for Colorado and scoring 10 points, the three Buffs alone outscored Oregon.

At the end of four quarters, Oregon had fallen far from pulling off the upset. The Ducks lost by an embarrassing 49 points in one of their worst losses this year.

Since his first year with Oregon, Graves has only failed to reach the NIT or NCAA Tournament one other time, his first season. The Ducks and Graves should be worried for the future of the program as they head to the Big Ten and leave behind what they once dominated.

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