LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Oregon women’s basketball team secured its third consecutive 2-0 start to the season with an 88-76 road victory over Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid on Friday night.
Nia Jackson led UO with 21 points while Jasmin Holliday and Deanna Weaver each recorded double-doubles to pace the Ducks in the victory.
After the 49ers opened the scoring on their first possession, the Ducks responded with a 15-2 run to grab a 15-4 lead just over four minutes into the contest. Ashley Buis was the spark of the Oregon surge, scoring 10 points by hitting four of her first five shots, including two three-pointers.
LBSU weathered the early storm and got as close as five points at 18-13 with 11:14 remaining in the opening stanza, but the Ducks’ pressure defense forced 18 turnovers and held the 49ers to only 27.8 percent shooting to take a 47-27 lead into the break.
Jackson led the Duck surge with a game-high 13 points and four assists in the first 20 minutes of play.
The 49ers hung tough in the second half and cut the deficit to 12 points on a couple occasions, but the Ducks never let the lead drop to single digits in the final frame.
“We started the game pretty well tonight,” head coach Paul Westhead said. “Ashley hit some shots early to get us going. Jasmin scored some big points for us and Deanna had a big game as well. I’m happy to be 2-0, but I am still looking for our opponent to walk off the court at the end of a game against us tired, and I have yet to see that.”
Five Ducks cracked double-figure scoring, led by Jackson’s 21 points to go along with a game-high eight assists. Holliday tallied a career-high 17 points and 15 rebounds for the double-double, Buis poured in 15, Weaver scored 11 and grabbed 10 rebounds for her first-career double-double and Amanda Johnson scored 10 more.
The 49ers shot 40.9 percent from the floor compared to the Ducks’ 32.6 percent output. UO had a decided edge in three-point shooting, draining 9-of-27 trifectas while holding LBSU to 3-for-18 from beyond the arc. Long Beach State held a 66-55 advantage in rebounding. The Ducks' pressure defense forced 31 49er turnovers while the offense only had 16 miscues of their own.
The Ducks return to action on Nov. 22 when they travel to Portland.
Notes: The win gives Oregon its third consecutive 2-0 start and also marks the third-straight season Oregon has won its road opener … Friday’s victory evens the Ducks’ series record against the 49ers to 5-5 with their fifth straight win in series (fourth win since 2006) … Jasmin Holliday recorded her second-career double-double with a career-high 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds … Deanna Weaver also recorded the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 10 rebounds … tonight’s effort was the first time that two Ducks had double-figure rebounds since Feb. 12, 2009 against Washington State, Amanda Johnson and Ellie Manou pulled down 10 boards apiece in that game … this was also the second straight game game that a UO player has recorded a double-double as Johnson accomplished the feat with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the season-opener against Western Oregon.
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