SEATTLE, Wash. – Freshman Chrishae Rowe set a new single-game school record with 41 points and the Oregon women’s basketball team defeated Seattle U, 105-100, in a thriller on Wednesday night at Key Arena.
Rowe, who entered the game averaging 22.7 points per game, good for second in the Pac-12 and 15th in the NCAA, had 23 at halftime. The Corona, Calif., native went 14-of-25 from the floor overall, including 6-of-8 from three-point range, to finish with her school record 41 points, while also grabbing eight boards and three steals. Rowe also went 7-of-9 at the free throw line.
The previous Oregon record of 38 points was set five different times, most recently by Jillian Alleyne against Portland State last season. Taylor Lilley and Nicole Canepa also had 38 points each during the 2009-10 season. The Pac-12 single-game scoring record is 50 points while the NCAA record is 60 points.
Alleyne added 17 points and 16 rebounds, her fifth double-double of the season and 17th of the sophomore’s young career. Oregon is 5-0 when Alleyne posts a double-double this season. Katelyn Loper knocked down five three-pointers as she scored 22 points. Loper entered the game ranked No. 1 in the NCAA, averaging 4.5 made three-pointers per game.
Oregon (5-2) broke the 100-point mark for the fourth time this season and the 11th time under head coach Paul Westhead. Oregon is 10-1 went reaching the century mark in Westheads.
The Ducks opened up the game with a quick 7-0 run as Loper knocked down a three-pointer, Alleyne hit a shot in the paint and Rowe buried a jumper from the free throw line. Seattle U answered with a basket but the Ducks put together another run, 10-0 this time, to take a 17-2 run with less than 15 minutes remaining in the first half.
Oregon took a 31-8 lead with 11:29 remaining before half after Rowe sank an impressive fadeaway 10-footer despite being fouled. She hit the free throw to complete the three-point play. Seattle U battled back with a 19-7 run to make it a 39-27 Oregon lead with 6:03 in the first half.
After Oregon jumped out to its big lead, Seattle U hit 13 of its last 19 baskets over the final 12 minutes of the first half. In that same timeframe, the Ducks shot 7-of-21 from the field. The Redhawks’ hot shooting made it a 53-44 Oregon lead at the break.
In the second half the Ducks’ shooting woes continued, as they knocked down just 2 of their first 11 field goals. Seattle cut the Oregon lead to just one point at 64-63 after a Masha Shtikel three-pointer with 13:16 left in the game. After a pair of free throws by Rowe, Shtikel buried another three-point to give the Redhawks their first lead of the game, 66-65, with 12:39 left.
It went back-and-forth until, at 90-90 with 5:15 left, Oregon used a 10-2 run to take a 100-92 lead. Rowe scored five puts in the spurt, including a three-pointer with 3:30 on the clock which gave her 39 points to break the school record.
The Ducks hit their free throws down the stretch to ice the win, which was their first non-conference road win since winning 99-72 at Santa Clara on Dec. 21, 2010. Oregon was 0-7 in non-conference road games since that victory in the Bay Area.