EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon walked away from its game with No. 2 Stanford pleased with its effort, but despite bothering the defending Pac-10 champs throughout game with constant pressure, it wasn’t enough in Saturday’ 100-80 loss to the Cardinal at Mac Court.
The Ducks (12-7, 3-4) trailed 80-75 with 8:35 remaining, but Oregon finally couldn’t keep the pace with Stanford (17-1, 7-0) and went cold offensively as the Cardinal ended the game on a 20-5 run.
In the end, the Ducks didn’t have an answer for Stanford sophomore Nnemkadi Ogwumike. The Cardinal starting forward scored a career-high 30 points and got to a career-best 23 rebounds – the most any player in the Pac-10 has pulled down this season.
The Cardinal had five players finish in double figures as Jayne Appel scored 17, and Jeanette Pohlen stretched the Ducks’ zone defense scoring 15 points and knocking down a career-high tying five three-pointers.
Stanford lived around the three-point line early before making a presence in the post. The Cardinal knocked down eight first-half three-pointers and finished the game 13-of-35 from behind the arc. For the game, the No. 2 Cardinal shot 50.0 percent (35-of-70) from the floor, and outrebounded Oregon 48-36.
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude finished with 11 points and a game-high tying six assists, while JJ Hones chipped in 10 points and six assists off the bench.
Oregon had a sophomore of its own causing Stanford fits. Point guard Nia Jackson scored a career-high 26 points (18 in the first half) as she consistently attacked the basket and caused turnovers in the full-court press. Jackson’s fast pace proved to be difficult for Stanford to contain as the Seattle native had three three-point play opportunities and was 8-of-15 from the free-throw line. Jackson also led Oregon with four assists and three steals.
Micalea Cocks added 17 points for Oregon, while senior Taylor Lilley scored 16 points and knocked down four three-pointers while tallying three assists.
The Cardinal outscored Oregon by 16, 46-30, in the second half, after taking just a 54-50 lead into halftime.
Stanford turned its four-point lead into double-digits, 75-65, after a Pohlen three-pointer with 12:40 remaining. The Ducks kept within closing distance for most of the game until the 3:41 mark. With Stanford leading 91-80, the Ducks failed to score missing on five field goals, two free-throw attempts, while turning it over once.
The first half was a different story as Oregon rattled Stanford early on. The Ducks had a 13-9 lead at the 15:42 mark, but Stanford went on a 11-4 run to take a 21-15 advanatge. The Cardinal lead climbed to as much as 11, 31-20, with 9:37 to go, but the Ducks closed with a 16-6 run of their own.
During that stretch, Lilley, Johnson and Cocks all got on the scoreboard as Jackson continued to cause problems with two three-point play opportunities.
In the first half, Oregon scored 17 points off Stanford’s 11 turnovers.
The 180-point game (Stanford 100, Oregon 80) was the highest scoring game in the all-time series…Oregon’s 80 points was the most the Ducks have scored against the Cardinal in Pac-10 play…Lilley has now scored 1,124 career points, ranking 17th in all-time UO history…Lilley has knocked down 212 career three-pointers, good for fifth all-time in the Pac-10…the Ducks have now lost 10 straight to the Cardinal…Nia Jackson set new career highs in points (26), three-pointers (2), free throws made (8) and free throws attempted (15)…Oregon is now on a four-game losing streak, while the Cardinal has won eight consecutive games...Oregon played in front of a Mac court season-high crowd of 2,909.
Oregon will head back out on the road to play UCLA on Thursday at Pauley Pavilion. The Ducks will end the road trip playing USC on Saturday at the Galen Center, a venue the Ducks have yet to win at. The Trojans are led by first-year head coach Michael Cooper, who was part of Oregon head coach Paul Westhead’s 1980 NBA championship Los Angeles Lakers squad.
Oregon will return to Mac Court for the final Civil War to ever be played at Mac Court. The Ducks were victorious in the first leg on Jan. 9, in Corvallis by the score of 86-71. The game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and will be aired by the Oregon Sports Network on Comcast SportsNet Northwest. Tickets are still available for the final Civil War to ever be played at Mac Court, and can be purchased by clicking HERE, calling 1-800-WEB-FOOT, or in person at the Casanova Center ticket office. Tickets can also be purchased at the McArthur Court ticket window 90 minutes prior to game time. The doors to Mac Court open 60 minutes prior to tip.
Oregon will sponsor National Girls and Women in Sports on Saturday, Feb. 6 vs. Oregon State. Fans can purchase one adult general admission ticket, and receive one free general admission ticket for a child.
FORMER DUCK GREATS RETURN TO MAC COURT
Lauri Landerholm will return to Mac Court for the second leg of the Civil War to serve as the game’s honorary captain. Landerholm led the UO to two NCAA Tournament appearances with the Ducks, and during her senior season was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1987. She is one of only two players in Oregon women’s basketball program history to be given the honor. Landerholm was a three-time all-NorPac selection, and still holds the UO program record with 607 assists.
MAC COURT MEMORIES
The Oregon Athletics Department wants fans to submit their favorite Mac Court memories online and at all home basketball games. Duck fans can write-in their favorite memory of McArthur Court and/or send pictures in to firstname.lastname@example.org (all submissions become the property of the athletic department and will not be returned).