EUGENE, Ore. – Jillian Alleyne recorded her 18th career double-double and sixth of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds as Oregon ran past in-state foe Portland State, 113-78, on Saturday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena.
Oregon (6-2) has won four straight games since losing at No. 1 ranked UConn on Nov. 20. The Ducks are a perfect 6-0 this year when Alleyne posts a double-double.
Chrishae Rowe led all scorers with 24 points and nine rebounds while Lexi Peterson and Danielle Love added 13. Ariel Thomas and Amanda Delgado each had 12 points while Katelyn Loper chipped in with 10 points. The Ducks saw seven players score in double figures, the most this season.
"Of all the things I don't look at - I don't look at individual scoring, but we do have seven players in double figures," said head coach Paul Westhead. "That's not bad."
Oregon ran out to a 10-0 lead to open the game as the Ducks hit their first five shots. Oregon led by 33 at halftime after scoring 68 points in the first half, just one point shy of the school record for points in a half.
"We come out hard with our press and tired to get steals and create points," Rowe said. "We have to execute on the steals and turnovers (in this offense), and we did a good job of that."
Portland State (2-5) played even with Oregon in the second half, scoring 43 points to the Ducks’ 45, thanks to Allie Brock who tallied a team-leading 20 points for the Vikings. But Oregon's big lead in the first half was just too much for PSU to rally back from.
"I'd say we're just getting started," Lexi Petersen said about the Ducks' potential this year. "I don't think we've played a full 40 minutes of the press and run game like we should be. We showed flashes of it in the first half when we went up really fast. If we could keep up that pace for 40 minutes I think that we can show our full potential."
Oregon forced Portland State into 25 turnovers in the game, which led to a 32-10 advantage in points off turnovers and as the Ducks never saw their lead drop below 27 points the entire second half. It was the most points off turnovers for the Ducks in a game this year.
"At it's best, I want to press and run 40 minutes," Westhead added. "I don't ever want to back it off. I don't ever want to take it off. We did more of that today than we have in some of our other games."
Oregon jumped out to a 10-0 run to start the game before Portland State's Lanz sank a three-pointer from the corner. The teams exchanged a couple buckets before Oregon mounted a 21-5 run that pushed the Duck lead to 33-10 with 11:48 remaining in the first half.
Rowe gave Oregon its biggest lead of the half on a layup with 18 seconds left in the half heading into the break leading 68-35.
As a team, Oregon shot 43.2 percent from the field and went 22-of-26 from the free throw line. The Ducks held a 29-9 edge over the Vikings in second-chance points and a 34-15 advantage in fast break points.
Portland State shot 43.2 percent from the floor and 84.6 percent from the line. Angela Misa added 16 points for the Vikings while Mikaela Rivard chipped in with 10.
The Ducks used 14 players in the game, including Megan Carpenter, who returned after sitting out since the season-opener against Bakersfield due to a foot injury.
"It's a pleasure (using 14 players) because I know some of our kids are going to play better once I get them going," said Westhead. "I was just glad to get Megan back on the court. She's the kind of kid who will eventually help us."
The Ducks return to Matthew Knight Arena on Wed., Dec. 18, for a 7 p.m. tip-off against Southern University.
PORTLAND STATE POSTGAME NOTES: Oregon had 68 points at halftime, one short of the school record (69) set against Hawai’i in 1979…In 38 games this year, a Pac-12 team did not score 68 points in an entire 40 minutes…Arizona didn’t reach 68 points in six games this year, while USC hasn’t gotten to 68 points seven times…Oregon’s 68 first half points were more than five Pac-12 teams’ season scoring averages (Cal - 67.9, Utah - 66.2, USC - 65.1, UCLA - 63.4 and Arizona - 60.8)…Oregon broke the century mark for the fifth time this season and 12th time under head coach Paul Westhead…The Ducks are 11-1 when reaching 100+ points under Westhead…Jillian Alleyne posted her sixth double-double of the season…The Ducks are 6-0 this year when Alleyne nets a double-double…The Ducks started the game on a 10-0 run, shooting 4-of-4 from the field…Overall, Oregon knocked down its first five shots.