EUGENE, Ore. - Behind sophomore Jillian Alleyne’s incredible performance, Oregon strung a second straight Pac-12 win together with a victory against Washington. The Ducks ran past the Huskies, 101-85, Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.
Alleyne tallied season-highs with 35 points and 25 rebounds and had a career-high five assists, providing the answer to any potential Washington (10-9, 3-5 Pac-12) challenge. After topping Washington State on Friday for its first conference win, Oregon (11-8, 2-6 Pac-12) secured a home sweep of the Washington schools.
“Our team played very well in a tight game,” said head coach Paul Westhead. “This is two games in a row where our team turned it up at the end, instead of turning it down.”
Washington opened the second period strong and took its first lead after trailing the entire first half. The game became a back-and-forth affair before Oregon used a late run to close out the Huskies. Oregon led by just one at 72-71 with 7:08 left to play, but the Ducks outscored the Huskies 29-14 down the stretch.
Alleyne (34), Lexi Petersen (23), Chrishae Rowe (17) and Katelyn Loper (16) scored in double-figures as Oregon broke the 100-point barrier for the first time in conference play. Alleyne extended her double-double streak to 15 consecutive games.
“Her numbers are better, but she’s been doing this all season,” said Westhead on Alleyne’s stellar performance. “I couldn’t be happier with how she’s playing. She’s becoming a complete player. She’s very confident.”
After trailing the entire first half, the Huskies chipped away and used a 15-6 run to lead by four with 15 minutes left in the game. Through Alleyne’s dominance in the paint, Oregon regained its lead before Washington pulled within one, 72-71, with 7:08 left to play.
That’s all the closer the Huskies would get as the Ducks saved their best for last. Oregon went on a 20-8 run, coasting to a comfortable win. During the run, Oregon made 4-of-6 from the floor, including 2-of-2 from deep, and went 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Leading the nation at 95.7 points per game, Oregon eclipsed the 100 point plateau for the eighth time this season. The Ducks scored 55 points in the second half while going 21-of-26 at the free throw line.
“I felt like I was confident enough in my teammates,” said Alleyne. “Lexi (Petersen) was going to get the ball and push it or I had Chrishae (Rowe) who was going to look for me on the inside. So whether I had the ball or they did, I felt we were going to come back and we weren’t going to let what they did frazzle us.”
The Ducks used a 6-1 and 9-0 run in the first seven minutes of the game to open a lead. Petersen and Loper each hit three 3-pointers in the first frame as Oregon never trailed.
Alleyne earned her 17th double-double of the season in just 15 minutes of play. The 6-foot-3 forward snagged an offensive board and scored on the put back, giving the Ducks a 34-27 lead while securing a double-double at the 5:13 mark of the first half. She totaled 12 points and 13 boards before halftime.
Behind 18 first half points from Jazmine Davis, Washington trimmed what was once an 11 point Duck lead to just two points late in the half. Rowe scored the last points of the half, hitting a pull-up jumper with 58 seconds left to make it, 46-42.
In a fast paced first half, both teams drained seven 3-pointers with similar shooting numbers.
The Ducks return to action next week with an Arizona road trip, beginning with a Jan. 31 meeting with the Wildcats at 6 p.m. (PT). Oregon then travels to Tempe, Ariz., on Feb. 2 to take on Arizona State at 12 p.m. (PT).
UW Postgame Notes: Oregon swept the Washington schools for the first time since the 2010-11 season…Jillian Alleyne posted season-highs of 34 points and 25 rebounds…She tied her career-best with 12 made free throws…Alleyne just missed on her career-highs in points (38) and rebounds (school record 27)… Alleyne had a double-double with over five minutes left to play in the first half…It was her 29th career double-double, 17th this season and 15th straight…The Ducks reached 100+ points for the first time this season against a Pac-12 foe…Oregon has won back-to-back Pac-12 games for the first time since knocking off Utah and Colorado on Feb. 2, 2012 and Feb. 4, 2012…Lexi Petersen dished out five assists against the Huskies…Petersen has 17 assists over three games while filling in for the injured Ariel Thomas.