PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State drained a season-high 15 three-pointers on Saturday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum as the Cougars lived by the long ball on route to a 96-90 victory over Oregon.
The Ducks (12-10, 3-8) were without two crucial components of their lineup as Nia Jackson missed her first game of the season due to pain in her left knee, while freshman Deanna Weaver left the game with 16:48 remaining in the first half after a left ankle injury spoiled her first career start.
In place of Jackson, freshman guard Ariel Thomas produced her best game in an Oregon uniform thus far, scoring a career-high 19 points while matching career-high dishing an Oregon-high six assists.
The Ducks, now on a four-game losing streak, shook up their starting lineup on Saturday afternoon with Ariel Thomas, Tatianna Thomas, Deanna Weaver, Amanda Johnson and Danielle Love composing the starting five.
The Cougars (7-16, 5-6) shot a season-best .652 (15-of-23) from 3-point range, as the Ducks despite hitting nine second-half 3-pointers, shot only 27.5 percent (11-of-40) from long distance for the game. In the past three games between the two programs, Washington State and Oregon have fired up a combined 183 three-pointers.
Amanda Johnson led the Ducks with 22 points and nine rebounds, recording her eighth 20-point effort of the year and 19th double-figure scoring effort of the year.
After missing Thursday night’s game at Washington due to a sprained ankle suffered against California on Jan. 29, senior Kristi Fallin returned to the floor and poured in 13 points, knocking down 4-of-9 three-pointers.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Tatianna Thomas brought Oregon within two, trailing just 64-62 with 11:00 left to play.
Fallin then completed Oregon’s second four-point play of the season, draining a baseline 3-pointer despite being fouled. The Roseburg, Ore., native completed the four-point effort with the free throw to tie the game at 66-66 with 9:54 remaining.
With the game tied at 69-69 after another Fallin 3-pointer with 8:50 to play, Washington Stated carried out a 9-2 run that was aided by three WSU 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to give the Cougars a 78-71 advantage with 6:44 remaining.
Washington State had five players reach double figures led by Katie Madison’s 17 points and nine rebounds, while Rosetta Adzasu and Sage Romberg each poured in 15 points. Ireti Amjo scored 13 points, and Hana Potter contributed 11 off the bench.
After a Johnson inside bucket, Oregon held a 39-32 advantage with 5:24 left in the first, but the Cougars staged an 11-3 run, taking a 43-42 lead with 2:34 remaining until the break.
Neither team could knock down another field goal until Potter drained a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer as the Cougars went into the locker room leading 46-43.
Washington State took its first lead of the contest, 11-9, with 15:20 on the clock as Madison converted an inside bucket after an offensive rebound from Potter.
A Romberg 3-pointer put the Cougars up 18-17 with 12:22 to go in the first, but the Ducks executed a 14-4 run and seized a 31-22 advantage after a Johnson lay-up with 7:52 left to go in the first.
Johnson led all scorers with 14 points in the first half, while Ariel Thomas had 11 at the break.
The Ducks shot 38.5 percent (15-of-39) from the floor in the first half, while the Cougars shot 40.0 percent (18-of-45).
WSU held a slight 27-25 rebounding advantage, but had a huge first-half edge knocking down seven 3-pointers compared to UO’s two, while the Ducks shot 11-of-14 from the free-throw line while WSU made three of four attempts.
Oregon jumped out to a 7-0 lead with five points coming from Love.
The Ducks entered Saturday afternoon’s contest in ninth place of the Pac-10 standings
The Ducks return home to Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday, Feb. 10, to host currently 10th-ranked UCLA with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 10, Oregon will begin its Pink Zone weekend, supporting the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association initiative to raise awareness for breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to both games during the Feb. 10 &12 weekend. The Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center will be in attendance to take donations and raffle off “Pink Zone” Oregon memorabilia during both games.
It will also be Greek Night at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday, Feb. 10, and the house with the most students in attendance will win a tour of Matt Arena. The first 100 students through the doors will also receive a free Papa’s pizza.
It will also be Faculty Appreciation Night as UO faculty and staff will receive free admission to the game by showing their UO ID card at the ticket window.
Notes: Oregon guard Nia Jackson missed her first game of the season at Washington State on Saturday due to discomfort in her left knee…Oregon used a new starting lineup for the first time this season with freshman Ariel Thomas at point, senior guard Tatianna Thomas, freshman forward Deanna Weaver, freshman forward Danielle Love and junior forward Amanda Johnson…Ariel Thomas, Love and Weaver each made the first starts of their young Oregon careers…Amanda Johnson is the only Oregon player to have started all 22 games this season…Oregon guard Kristi Fallin returned to action on Saturday at Washington State after missing Thursday’s contest at Washington due to a right ankle sprain suffered on Jan. 29 against California…the Ducks have now split the regular season series with Washington State for three consecutive seasons…the Ducks have lost four games in a row for the first time since a seven-game losing stretch plagued UO from Feb. 18-March 12, 2010…Oregon has lost six consecutive road games, and has yet to win a Pac-10 game away from home. The Ducks last road win was Dec. 21 at Santa Clara…Amanda Johnson recorded the eighth 20-point game of her season (13th career) as well as her 19th double-figure scoring game of the season (52nd career)…in the past three games between the two programs, Washington State and Oregon have fired up a combined 183 three-pointers…Ariel Thomas scored a career-high 19 points in Saturday and tied a career-high with six assists…Oregon is now 0-8 when allowing an opponent to score 80 points or more.