EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s basketball team held a one-point advantage at halftime, but the Ducks were unable to hold off No. 11 Oregon State in the second half, falling 59-45 Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Using tough perimeter defense, the Ducks (11-4, 0-4 Pac-12) forced 11 first-half turnovers and converted them into 14 points. After trailing as much as nine in the opening quarter, a bucket at the 5:51 mark from Liz Brenner started a 21-11 run that would give Oregon the 25-24 lead going into halftime. Maite Cazorla was a spark plug for the Ducks’ offense, scoring eight of her 12 points in the second quarter.
Oregon State came out of halftime and scored the first seven points, regaining the lead. The Beavs would stay out in front the remainder of the way, outscoring UO 35-20 in the second half.
"I don't really think they did anything different," Oregon head coach Kelly Graves said. "They know what they want to run, they know how they want to defend and they do it really well."
The Ducks had trouble finding an offensive rhythm in the second half and only forced seven OSU turnovers. While UO shot 44 percent in the first half, the Ducks were just 7-of-26 the rest of the way. Oregon also knocked down just one three, which came from Mar'Shay Moore late in the fourth quarter.
WHO STOOD OUT The Oregon bench outscored OSU’s 21-7 for the game thanks to 13 points from Liz Brenner. The senior contributed timely baskets when the Ducks made their run in the first half and also six points in the final quarter.
"I'm from Oregon so I've grown up knowing about the Civil War," Brenner said. "Obviously you try to play well every night, but against Oregon State you always have to have a little extra fight in you."
NOTABLE: Mar'Shay Moore came off the bench to play 18 minutes again after providing head coach Kelly Graves with 18 minutes in Corvallis on Friday night. Moore scored seven points, her second-best effort of the season, and also had two steals … The attendance for today’s Civil War matchup set a new season-best for the Ducks as 2,806 fans turned out.
UP NEXT: Oregon will remain at home for next weekend’s contests. Up first is Stanford on Friday night for a 6 p.m. tip-off. California will then visit Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday for a 2 p.m. contest.