EUGENE, Ore. – The nation’s top scoring offense ran past another foe, as the University of Oregon women’s basketball team cruised to a lopsided victory Friday night. Paul Westhead’s Ducks (8-2), averaging 104.2 points per game, defeated Cal Poly (6-6) 124-87 inside Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks broke the 100-point barrier for a fifth straight game and improved their win streak to six games - the longest winning streak under Westhead. A career-high scoring performance from Lexi Petersen, a double-double from Jillian Alleyne and yet another scoring barrage from Chrishae Rowe led the Ducks past the Mustangs.
Rowe poured in 27 points and Petersen added a career-high 25 in another contest full of offensive fireworks for the Ducks.
“I’m pleased with their 40-minute effort,” said Westhead. “Again, I keep saying, I do not look at scoring stats but I still am impressed that we have five people in double figures. We have a chance to be a better scoring team than that.”
Facing an opponent with five players standing at least 6-foot-2, Oregon did more than just hold its own. The Ducks won the battle on the boards 60-45 and scored 50 points in the paint.
The Ducks pulled down 17 offensive rebounds to net 23 second chance points. Alleyne tallied her 20th career double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds. She is eighth all-time at Oregon with 20 double-doubles, while Bev Smith holds the school record with a whopping 88.
The Mustangs opened an early 5-2 lead, but the Ducks used a 21-5 run to pull away and never looked back. Petersen drained a three-pointer to cap Oregon’s first half run as the Ducks led 23-7 at the 15:53 mark. She broke her season-high of 13 points in the first half alone, making 3-of-4 from deep to score 16 points at halftime and lead Oregon out of the gates.
“I felt really comfortable tonight,” said Petersen. “I think we are really starting to gel as a team and be confident in each other and what our roles are. I think it’s really paying off and showing in games now.”
Charging in transition at every opportunity, the Ducks used a 23-4 edge in fast break points to lead 60-37 at halftime.
Before Cal Poly could begin to claw its way back, the quick-strike Ducks scored five points in 65 seconds to expand their lead. The Ducks stayed just as hot in the second half, scoring 64 points in the period to win going away. Alleyne scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half.
Alleyne scored a bucket down low to push Oregon over the 100 point plateau with 8:10 left to play. Two minutes later, Rowe drained a three-pointer to give Oregon its largest lead of the game (37) with a 108-71 lead.
Thirteen Ducks saw action in the win while 10 scored. Rowe (27), Petersen (25), Alleyne (19), Ariel Thomas (16) and Danielle Love (13) each reached double figures.
The Ducks return to action on Dec. 29 in the final non-conference game of the season, hosting Cal State Northridge. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. (PT) inside Matthew Knight Arena.Cal Poly Postgame Notes – The Ducks matched their longest winning streak under head coach Paul Westhead with their sixth straight…Oregon scored 100 points for the fifth straight game and seventh time this season…Oregon reached the 100-point mark with 8:10 left in the game, the third fastest its reached the century mark in the game this season…The Ducks reached 100 points with 11:11 left in the game against Bakersfield, when they scored a Pac-12 record 131 points, and hit 100 with 8:59 remaining on Wednesday night against Southern, when the Ducks scored 130 points...Oregon has reached the century mark 14 times under Westhead…Jillian Alleyne posted the 20th double-double of her career with 19 points and 16 rebounds…The Ducks are undefeated this year when she gets a double-double…Alleyne is eighth all-time at Oregon with 20 double-doubles while Bev Smith holds the school record with 88…Lexi Petersen eclipsed her season-high for scoring in the first half alone, with 16 points…She finished with a career-high 25 points and also set career-highs in made field goals (7) and made three-pointers (4)…After going down 5-2 early, Oregon posted a 21-5 run to take a 23-7 lead with 13:53 left in the first half…Oregon scored 60 points in the first half, the seventh time this season the Ducks have broken 50+ points in the opening 20 minutes of a game...Oregon has also scored 60+ first half points in three straight games.