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Ducks use full team effort to rout Southern, 130-90
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 12/18/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. -- Jillian Alleyne scored 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as the Oregon women's basketball team won for the fifth straight time, defeating Southern, 130-90, on Wednesday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

The 130 points were just one shy of the season-high 131 points the Ducks scored against Bakersfield to open the regular season, which is both a school and Pac-12 record.

It was the fourth game in a row Oregon (7-2) scored 100 points and the sixth time this season. The Ducks used all 15 players, and 14 of them scored as the bench poured in 47 points. 

On a night when Oregon's "big three" scorers of Alleyne, Katelyn Loper and Chrishae Rowe led the way as usual, fellow starters Ariel Thomas and Danielle Love were not to be overlooked. Thomas dished out a career-high 10 assists to go along with her seven points and three rebounds, while Love tied her career high with four three-pointers and scored a season-high 19 points.

"Ariel is a general on the floor," Alleyne said about the Pac-12's assist-to-turnover ratio leader. "She's one of our best players. She knows how to get us the ball."

"I'll tell you how valuable (Thomas and Love) are, unless they're in foul trouble, as Ariel was tonight, they'll be high in minutes played," said head coach Paul Westhead. "It's hard for us to flow and do good things as a team without both, or if not both, one of them. They're clearly the glue to our team. They make it go."

Heading into Wednesday night, Alleyne, Rowe and Loper had combined for 61.3 points per game. Rowe ended the night with 14 points and nine rebounds while Loper scored 14 points on 4-of-19 shooting beyond the arc. Her 19 three-point attempts were two shy of Jamie Craighead's school and Pac-12 record 21 shots from downtown, set against Iowa in 2001.

The Ducks pounded the boards, outrebounding the Jaguars 33 to 12 on the offensive end. Alleyne played an integral part in that, grabbing 12 offensive boards as Oregon held a 35-12 edge over the Jaguars in second-chance points

"Our contingency always is, if we can get offensive rebounds, we can play with anybody," Westhead said.

Love, a senior from Everett, Wash., came into Wednesday averaging 6.9 points per game but tallied 19 points against Southern.

"I block out, and just getting outlets out fast is what I pride myself on," Love said of how she typically judges her performance.

The Ducks jumped out to a 63-40 lead at halftime on Wednesday night, with Alleyne scoring 17 of her 29 points in the first half. She had her seventh double-double of the season by halftime, with 17 points and 12 rebounds at the break. Oregon is 7-0 this year when Alleyne posts a double-double.

Southern (3-4) didn't back down from the Ducks' early lead, playing even with Oregon for 12:02 minutes of the second half before UO finished out the game on a 28-17 run. 

Having just joined the Ducks on Monday after the conclusion of volleyball season, Liz Brenner wasted no time and scored her first bucket 18 seconds after entering the game. Brenner finished the night 2-of-2 from the floor and a perfect 4-of-4 at the free-throw line.

"She didn't seem like, 'What am I doing out here?'," Westhead said about Brenner's ability to contribute quickly. "She knows how to play, whatever the sport is. But it will probably be 10 days to two weeks before she is really back in the flow of things with us."

As a team, Oregon shot 38.2 percent from the field and went 36-of-45 from the free-throw line, good for 80 percent at the line. The Ducks entered the game ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12 at 75.4 percent.

The Ducks held a 40-22 edge over the Jaguars in fastbreak points and held a 54-12 advantage in points off turnovers. 

Kendra Coleman led the Jaguars with a double-double, scoring 28 points with 11 rebounds on 4-of-8 shooting from downtown. Adrian Sanders chipped in with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor while Jasmine Jefferson added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Ducks return to Matthew Knight Arena on Friday for a 7 p.m. tip against Cal Poly.

NOTES: Oregon scored 54 points off 38 forced turnovers, both season-bests for the Ducks ... Thomas' previous career best was eight assists at Washington State last season (1/25/13) ... Alleyne posted her 19th career double-double and seventh this season with 29 points and a season-high 18 rebounds ... After scoring 63 points in the first half against Southern, the Ducks have reached 50-plus points in the first half of six of their nine games this year and 60-plus points in back-to-back first halves.

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