SEATTLE – Another poor shooting effort took its toll on Oregon as Washington outscored the Ducks by 10 in the second half en route to a 62-53 victory.
Oregon (16-14, 7-11) heads into the Pac-10 Tournament on a season-long six-game losing streak, but finishes sixth in the conference standings and will play No. 3 USC (18-11, 12-6) in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament at 5 p.m., Friday at the Galen Center. This is UO’s best finish in the conference standings since 2007.
Washington (12-16, 7-11) will be the seventh seed at the tournament.
Oregon shot just 25.8 percent (8-of-31) in the second half and just 30.2 percent (19-of-63) for the game. The Ducks also were just 3-of-21 from 3-point range, a new season low for 3-point field goals made this year.
Oregon led 30-29 at halftime, but UW took a 38-36 lead on a Sarah Morton 3-pointer and held onto its advantage for the remainder of the game.
Another Husky 3-pointer from Kristi Kingma gave UW a 44-40 lead with 13:22 to go, but Lindsey Saffold scored a jumper in the lane at the 12:25 mark to close the score within 44-42.
Washington then held Oregon without a field goal for the next 7:02 as the only points the Ducks got were two free throws from Amanda Johnson until the sophomore drained a baseline 2-pointer with 5:23 remaining to make the score 56-46 in favor of Washington. It was part of a 12-4 run by the Huskies.
During that stretch Washington’s Regina Rogers scored six of her game-high 15 points.
Oregon within 58-53 with 1:21 remaining, but the Ducks would be held scoreless the rest of the way.
Johnson fouled out for the first time in her career with 2:10 remaining, while Micaela Cocks committed her fifth foul with 1:06 to play.
For just the second time this year, Oregon had less than three players scoring in double figures with Lilley scoring 14 and Johnson adding 10 points and nine rebounds.
In addition to Rogers’ 15, Kingma chipped in 11 points with three assists while Morton scored 10.
Washington shot just 31.3 percent from the field but outrebounded the Ducks 48-45, including 19 offensive boards. The Huskies also forced Oregon into 18 turnovers and had 11 steals.
The Ducks’ 53 points tied a season low.
Oregon held a slight 30-29 advantage at halftime after a last-second drive to the basket from Jasmin Holliday gave the Ducks a narrow one-point lead. Just seconds earlier Washington had taken its first lead of the game, 29-28, after Kingma drained two free throws.
Oregon had built a 13-4 lead early on, and held UW scoreless for just over two minutes until Christina Rozier drained a 3-pointer with 15:12 to play.
The Huskies then went on a 7-0 run and held UO scoreless from the 15:38 mark until 11:03 when Cocks knocked down a bucket from long distance to make the score 16-11 in favor of Oregon.
A Kingma 3-pointer brought UW within 25-24 with 2:39 to play and Whitcomb’s 1-of-2 effort from the charity stripe tied the game at 25-25.
Lilley sank her first 3-pointer of the game with 1:17 left until the break to give the Ducks some breathing room at 28-25, but Sara Mosiman’s fastbreak layup again cut UO’s lead to just one.
Kingma led all players with eight first-half points, while Holliday led the Ducks with seven points. Johnson added six points and six rebounds for Oregon.
Both teams had trouble shooting the ball with UO knocking down 34.4 percent of its attempts, while UW connected on just 27.8 percent of its chances.
Each team also committed 11 turnovers apiece.
The Ducks and Trojans split their season series this year with UO getting the 85-77 victory at Galen on Jan. 30, while the Trojans got revenge at McArthur Court with an 87-84 win on Feb. 25.
Oregon and USC have never met in the Pac-10 Tournament since its inception in 2002. The Ducks are 4-8 at the conference tourney, and have only been the sixth seed once prior to this season. UO went into the 2007 Pac-Tournament at No. 6 and lost in the quarterfinals to third-seeded California, 63-51.
Oregon has only advanced beyond the quarterfinal stage of the tournament on two occasions. In 2002 as the No. 7 seed and hosting the tourney at McArthur Court, the Ducks defeated Washington State 85-67 in the first round and went on to upset No. 2
Washington, 78-64, in the quarterfinals before losing to third-seeded Arizona State 64-58 in the semifinals.
In 2005 in San Jose, Calif., at HP Pavilion, Oregon went into the tournament as the No. 2 seed and defeated seventh-seeded
Washington 64-50 in the quarterfinals before being upset by third-seeded Arizona State, 54-47, in the semifinals.
Notes: Oregon ends regular season on six-game losing streak, its longest of the season … split series for first time since 07-08… Taylor Lilley drained two 3-pointers in the game, improving her single-season record to 108…she needs 111 to crack the NCAA single-season top-10…Micaela Cocks played in the 121st game of her career good for fourth all-time…Lilley now has 67 double-figure scoring games tying for 9th all-time in UO history with Andrea Bills.