BOULDER, Colo. – For the fourth time this season, Oregon was able to overcome a halftime deficit as the Ducks defeated Colorado, 64-62, on Thursday night at the Coors Events Center.
The Ducks (15-14, 7-10) outscored the Buffs 36-32 in the second half, but most importantly shot 39.3 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes after a cold outing (27.3 percent) in the first half.
Senior Amanda Johnson recorded her 30th career double-double with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Deanna Weaver added 11 points as well. Nine of Weaver’s 11 points came in the first half as her offensive production was a major reason Oregon only trailed 30-28 at the break.
Oregon led by as many as seven in the second half, but Colorado’s Lexy Kresl tied the game at 62 with a three-pointer as 2:14 remained.
The Buffs (16-12, 5-12) got the chance to take the lead seconds later, but Brittany Wilson missed two free throws.
Laura Stanulis put Oregon back in the lead, 63-62, with a free throw at the 1:33 mark. Colorado had one last possession and Chucky Jeffery’s jumper missed the mark, but Meagan Malcolm-Peck grabbed the offensive board. After a timeout, Colorado turned the ball over with 10 seconds left and the Buffs fouled Ariel Thomas on Oregon’s next possession.
The sophomore guard made 1-of-2 at the line, and Wilson’s game-tying attempt as she went the length of the floor didn’t drop as the buzzer sounded.
The Ducks took their first lead, 36-35, with 16:17 left on the clock on a Danielle Love three-pointer. Love finished the game nine points, shooting 3-of-4 from long distance.
The Ducks were without point guard Nia Jackson, who started the 100th game of her career, but played just two minutes due to illness.
Oregon shot 32.8 percent (20-of-61) for the game, but knocked down 10 three-pointers.
Jeffery came off the bench to lead Colorado with 19 points, while Julie Seabrook added 16. The Buffs held a 43-40 rebounding advantage and scored 14 second-chance points.
Colorado led by as many as six in the first half, but the Ducks pulled within two, and trailed by the slim margin of 30-28 at the half.
Oregon is currently in a three-way tie with Washington and Utah for seventh place in the Pac-12 standings. The Ducks play their final game of the regular season on the road at Utah on Saturday with tip set for 2 p.m. PT.
Notes: Nia Jackson played in her 100th game at Oregon after receiving the start, but played just two minutes due to illness…Jasmin Holliday played in her 122nd career game tonight at Colorado, tying for fourth all-time with Kaela Chapdelaine…Amanda Johnson totaled 12 rebounds against Colorado, bringing her career total to 877, which passed Debbie Sporcich (868) and ranks fourth all time…Amanda Johnson also recorded her 30th career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds…Johnson has now totaled 1,480 points in her career, passing Shaquala Williams (1478) for sixth all-time…Oregon now leads Colorado 10-3 in the all-time series and 4-1 in Boulder…the Ducks sweep of the Buffs is their first Pac-12 sweep of the year and UO’s first sweep of a conference opponent since taking two from Oregon State during the 2009-10 season…Oregon knocked down at least 10 three-pointers for the 10th time this season.