EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon, the nation's top-scoring team, notched its seventh-straight victory Sunday evening at Matthew Knight Arena as the Ducks cruised past Cal State Northridge, 96-61, to close out their non-conference portion of the 2013-14 schedule.
The seven-straight victories are the most ever under head coach Paul Westhead and the most since the 2005-06 season.
"We played reasonably well, said Westhead.” “My assistants warned me that we'd be rusty and that some players would get tired sooner. I attribute some of our defensive breakdowns to that."
Today's game was only the second time the Ducks have committed 20 or more turnovers this season.
Chrishae Rowe led all scorers with 28 points and added seven rebounds plus a career-high five assists. It has seemingly been an easy transition for the freshman to the collegiate ranks, as she is second in the Pac-12 in scoring and second in the league in steals.
“Well, I didn't come in expecting anything, I expected to go through the same process any other freshman does and to just work hard and get what I have earned,” said Rowe when asked about her performance so far as a freshman. “Coach Westhead has trusted me so far and I think I'm becoming more comfortable.”
Jillian Alleyne reeled in her ninth double-double of the season 2:32 into the second half and the sophomore finished with 22 points and a season-high 19 boards. Oregon is a perfect 9-0 this season when Alleyne nets a double-double.
Oregon (9-2) finished with 20 dimes on the evening, its fifth-straight game with at least 20 assists.
After an early 4-3 deficit to start the game, Oregon used a 13-0 run that spanned 2:34 and never looked back to take a 44-25 lead into halftime behind Rowe’s 16 first-half points.
Cinnamon Lister capped off the Matadors' (4-9) 11-0 run in the second half after sinking her third-straight shot from downtown to cut Oregon’s lead to 63-51. The Ducks answered with a 13-0 run of their own and pushed their lead back to 76-51 with 7:48 left to play.
Oregon finished out the last 3:45 minutes of the game on a 10-2 run to seal the win.
Oregon came into this evening’s game tops in the nation in scoring average at 106.2 points per game, outscoring the closest Pac-12 opponent by 27.5 points per game.
As a team, the Ducks were 37-of-81 from the floor (45.7 percent) while shooting a stark 9-of-32 behind the arc. Oregon held a 22-4 edge in second chance points over the Matadors while overpowering Cal State Northridge 66-37 on the boards, which led to a 46-26 advantage on points in the paint.
"We were good this year,” joked Westhead, with the New Year around the corner. “I don't know how good we are (yet). I can't project ahead. We play five of our next six on the road which is not a good way to start no matter how good you are."
Cal State Northridge shot just 22-for-73 from the floor (30.1 percent) while committing 20 turnovers. Lister gave led the Matadors scoring 22 of her 26 points in the second half, and knocked down 6-of-14 shots behind the arc.
Oregon returns to action next week with a two-game road trip to the Bay Area as the Ducks open Pac-12 Conference play at No. 4 Stanford on Fri., Jan. 3 before taking on No. 23 California on Sun., Jan. 5.
“I like our team chemistry,” said Alleyne about the Ducks heading into conference play. “Our defense could be a little bit better, that's still something we could work on, but other than that everything else is flowing and coming together.”
Cal State Northridge Postgame Notes – Oregon won its seventh straight game, giving the Ducks their longest winning streak ever under head coach Paul Westhead and the longest since tallying seven straight wins during the 2005-06 season…Jillian Alleyne was just short of her second career 20-20 game with 22 points and 19 rebounds…Her first and only career 20-20 game was last year against Portland State, when she scored 38 points and grabbed 27 rebounds…Her double-double tonight against Cal State Northridge was Alleyne’s 21st of her career, ninth of the season and seventh straight…Oregon is undefeated when she gets a double-double this year…After missing her first three attempts, Chrishae Rowe knocked down six of her next seven attempts…Oregon went 4-of-15 on three-point attempts in the first half, but shot 15-of-27 in attempts inside the arc…The Ducks scored 17 points off Cal State Northridge’s 14 turnovers in the first half…Both teams combined to make just one field goal – a Laura Stanulis jumper with 1:49 left - in the final 5:40 of the first half.