SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington defeated the University of Oregon women’s basketball team, 66-53, on Sunday afternoon in Seattle. The win improved the Huskies record to 14-5 and 6-2 in Pac-12 Conference play. The Ducks dropped to 3-17 on the year and 1-7 in league action.
Oregon struggled from the field making just 21-of-67 overall field goal attempts (31.3 percent), and 6-of-31 from behind the 3-point arc (19.4 percent). Washington made 32.9 percent of its field goals (23-of-70), but shot it better from behind the 3-point line going 10-of-31 for 32.3 percent.
Ariel Thomas led UO with a team-high 14 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. Jillian Alleyne contributed seven points and a game-best 14 rebounds. Amanda Delgado chipped in with 12 points off the bench. Liz Brenner narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.
Three Washington players scored in double-figures led by Kristi Kingma who had a game-high 20 points. Talia Walton and Aminah Williams each recorded double-doubles for UW, with Walton tallying 18 points and 13 rebounds and Williams contributing 10 points and 12 boards.
The Huskies had a 23-5 advantage in points off turnovers. The Ducks recorded 16 turnovers in the game, while UW turned it over just nine times. Washington had 13 steals in the game.
Both teams started off with cold shooting as UO was 1-of-12 from the field over the first eight minutes of the game. The Huskies, who opened the game 3-of-12 on field goals, managed to produce a 10-1 run and took a 16-5 lead with 12:33 to play in the first stanza.
Oregon staged a 7-0 run over a three-minute stretch and battled back to within four points, 18-14, with 7:58 in the half. But then Kingma and Walton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give UW a 12-point advantage, 30-18, with 1:04 in the half.
Delgado and Thomas made 3-pointers in the final minute of the half which narrowed the Husky lead to eight points at the half, 32-24. Thomas led UO with nine points, while Alleyne contributed five points and 11 rebounds over the first 20 minutes.
Walton spearheaded a 15-3 Husky run to take a 20-point lead four minutes in to the second half, a 47-27 advantage which was UW’s largest lead of the game.
Delgado made a 3-pointer from the left side and Brenner scored on a put-back of her own miss to cut the lead to 13 points, 52-39, with 10:43 to play.
Thomas drove the lane and made a double-clutch lay-up at the six-minute mark which brought the lead to 12 points, 57-45. But Oregon would not get any closer in the game.
Oregon (3-17, 1-7) returns to action next week with home games against Stanford (Feb. 1) and California (Feb. 3). The Ducks-Cardinal contest is set for 6 p.m. on Friday night and will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Network. The Oregon-Cal contest is slated for Sunday (Feb. 3) at 1 p.m.
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