Moseley: Newcomers Shine in Women's Hoops Win

EUGENE, Ore.Chrishae Rowe and Katelyn Loper shined on both ends of the floor as the duo combined for 34 points guiding the Oregon women’s basketball team to a 103-58 exhibition win over Western Oregon on Wednesday night at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks saw five different players score in double-digits on 18 assists.

The last time Oregon posted 100-plus points was back on Nov. 13, 2011 against Cal Poly (102-93) in its regular season opener.

“For an exhibition game, tonight wasn’t bad,” said head coach Paul Westhead. “I saw some good things and also some things that we need to work on. But that is what you want.”

Rowe had quite the opening as she rattled off 15 of her 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the first half. Loper, in her first game action after transferring from Hofstra a year ago, added 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting at the charity stripe while senior Ariel Thomas chipped in with a dozen of her own.

The Ducks jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the Wolves as Loper knocked down a three-pointer from the wing to open the 2013-14 season for Oregon. WOU responded however with a pair of threes of their own to make it 7-6. Both teams exchanged buckets before a 9-0 run by Oregon pushed the lead to 27-15 with 8:01 left in the half.

Katie Goddard kept the Wolves within striking distance as she rattled in a three from atop of the key and made it 34-24 with 5:43 remaining in the first half. Oregon extended its lead to 52-29 heading into the half thanks to an 18-7 run capped off by jumper from Megan Carpenter. ­

The second half started off with both teams scoring a couple quick buckets in the paint, but a three by Loper coupled with missed layups and turnovers by Western Oregon led to a 65-36 advantage.

The Oregon defense took care of business from that point forward as the Ducks capitalized on the Wolves’ miscues converting 34 points off 33 turnovers including a 29-10 differential in second-chance opportunities. UO also displayed their speed on the floor outscoring the Wolves 28-5 on fast-break points.

Freshman Drea Toler scored 15 points in her first collegiate game with seven rebounds, all in the second half. Jillian Alleyne grabbed 11 boards for the Ducks to go along with seven points.

"Drea is fearless,” said Westhead. “She just runs right through people. She is one tough, quick kid."

"I am happy that I get to go against her in practice,” said Thomas. “I think she is the fastest player in the Pac-12, to me she is the equivalent of Johnathan Loyd.

Chantel Divilbiss led the way for Western Oregon with 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range.

As a team, Oregon shot 42.7 percent from the field including 9-of-30 behind the arc. The Ducks also overpowered the Wolves on the boards, 63-43, including 29 offensive rebounds.

Western Oregon shot 29 percent from the floor on 18-of-62 shooting from the field and was 7-of-19 beyond the arc.

“I liked our two freshmen tonight," Westhead said. "Obviously I see their talent level in practice but seeing them play in a game was new for me. Practice is practice because things change with competition. They still need to learn and they need more experience. That being said, overall we have two very strong freshmen."

Women’s basketball returns to action with their final exhibition match Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. against Oregon Tech. 

POSTGAME NOTES: Oregon’s rebound leader from a year ago, Jillian Alleyne, nabbed the first board of the game…With 2:27 left in the first half, the Ducks forced Western Oregon into a 10-second backcourt violation, the first of the season…The 10-second backcourt violation is a new rule in women’s basketball this year…Freshman Chrishae Rowe had a game-high 15 points in the first half on a blistering 7-of-8 shooting…Katelyn Loper, playing in her first game with the Ducks after sitting out last year following a transfer from Hofstra, attempted nine three-pointers in the first half, connecting on three…Loper finished the game 3-of-11from three-point range…The Oregon record for three-point attempts is 21, set by Jamie Craighead against Iowa in 2001…Oregon scored nine three-pointers in the contest on Wednesday night…The single-game record is 15 made three-pointers, set against USC in 2011…The Ducks tallied 103 points on Wednesday night against the Wolves after averaging 60.8 points per game during the regular season in 2012-13…Oregon hit the 100-point mark on Megan Carpenter’s put-back layup with 2:46 left in the second half…The last time Oregon hit the 100-point mark was in the 2011-12 season opener against Cal Poly, a 102-93 victory.