FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno State entered Thursday’s game ranked fourth in the nation from behind the arc, and that ranking should rise as the Bulldogs handed Oregon its first loss of the season, 81-71, while knocking down 17 three-pointers at the Save Mart Center.
The Bulldogs (5-2) were led by the combination of Ki-Ki Moore and Rosie Moult, who knocked down five three-pointers apiece, while Madison Parrish came off the bench and was a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range.
Moore recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Moult’s 15 points came from her five treys. Parrish added 14 points and five assists.
After trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half, Oregon (6-1) put together a 10-0 run in the second period fueled by senior Jasmin Holliday. The Chino Hills, Calif., native recorded her second double-double of the season and the fourth of her career with 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.
The Ducks trailed 65-54 with 7:41 to play, and closed within 65-64 by the 6:02 mark. During that stretch Holliday recorded an offensive rebound and converted the following three-point play, and then grabbed a steal and fed Amanda Johnson for a three-pointer. Holliday picked up a second steal in the sequence and traveled the length of the floor for a lay-in, before picking up an offensive rebound and recording the put back as the Ducks found themselves within a point.
Ariel Thomas then hit a jumper with her foot on the three-point line as Oregon took a 66-65 lead with 5:07 left on the clock. It was the Ducks first lead since scoring the first basket of the game at the 19:35 mark.
But Fresno had an answer, draining four three-pointers before the final buzzer, with three long-distance buckets coming from Moore.
Johnson added 15 points and nine rebounds for Oregon, as the Ducks scored a season low 71 points. The Ducks also posted season lows in assists (7) and free throws (8), while tying a season low with 29 made field goals.
Senior Nia Jackson also finished in double figures with 10 points and three assists.
Oregon did post a 21-5 advantage in second-chance points with 18 offensive rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Ducks turned the ball over 19 times and shot just 26.3 percent from three-point range. Oregon also struggled hitting just eight of 17 free throw opportunities.
Oregon started the second half on a 6-0 run, and held the Bulldogs scoreless until the 15:27 mark, but in a span of one minute and 41 seconds, Moult knocked down three consecutive three-pointers as Fresno State’s lead expanded to 56-45 with 11:50 to play.
Fresno State lived by the three-pointer in the first half as the Bulldogs knocked down eight buckets from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes, led by nine points and three long-distance buckets from Parrish.
The Ducks scored 14 second-chance points in the first half, but shot just 35.9 percent (14-39), compared to the Bulldogs at 45.7 (16-35). Eight of Fresno State’s made field goals in the first half were three-pointers.
Oregon returns home on Sunday to host Portland at 2 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena.
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Notes: Oregon is now 0-3 in Fresno, but leads the al-time series 4-3…Oregon’s 71 points were a new season low…Oregon’s 33 first-half points tied its lowest first half point total of the season set vs. UC Irvine on Nov. 25…the Ducks’ 15-point deficit, 45-30, with 46 seconds to play in the first half marked Oregon’s largest deficit of the season…Jasmin Holliday recorded her second double-double of the season and the fourth of her career with 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds…Amanda Johnson’s 15 points brought her career total to 1,302.