PULLMAN, Wash. – The Oregon women’s basketball team jumped out to a big early lead and never looked back in a 73-48 win over Washington State on Friday night at Beasley Coliseum.
The Ducks (16-6, 5-6 Pac-12) led wire-to-wire in the game, winning for the fifth time in the last six games. All five of Oregon’s conference wins have come by double figures.
Jillian Alleyne led the Ducks with 25 points and 14 rebounds, tying Bev Smith for the program’s career record with 88 double-doubles.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The Ducks jumped out to a 13-2 lead, led by a pair of three-pointers from Moses Lake, Wash., native Jordan Loera. Lexi Petersen, who missed last Sunday’s game against Arizona with a leg injury, didn’t start but came off the bench in the first quarter. Oregon held WSU to just 18 percent shooting the first quarter and led, 19-6.
The Ducks continued to pull away in the second quarter. Midway through the period, Lexi Petersen knocked down a three, followed by a Jillian Alleyne bucket and a Kat Cooper three for Oregon’s second 8-0 run of the game to make it a 32-10 with 2:41 left before halftime. The Ducks owned a 39-14 lead at the break behind Alleyne’s 14 first half points. Oregon shot 71.4 percent while Washington State went 0-for-9 in the first half.
After not scoring in the first half, Maite Cazorla was red-hot in the third quarter. The freshman knocked down four three-pointers as the Ducks scored 15 of their 18 third quarter points from beyond the arc. Oregon did not make a two-point field goal in the quarter, getting three points at the line. WSU knocked down five of their last seven shots to trim a 29-point UO lead with 5:29 left in the third to 20 points going into the fourth.
Oregon continued to play well down the stretch in the fourth quarter and won, 73-48. The Ducks shot 60 percent from the floor, 60 percent from three and 69 percent at the line in the victory.
QUOTABLE: Head coach Kelly Graves - "We've played really good basketball over the last month of so. We really have. We are getting more and more confident every game."
UP NEXT: The Ducks will go for a road weekend sweep when they meet Washington at noon on Sunday in Seattle. The game will be streamed live for free. Visit the women’s basketball schedule on GoDucks.com for a link.