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Ducks Drop Thriller at No. 23 Cal
Release Date: 01/05/2014
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BERKELY, Calif. – The Oregon women's basketball team rallied back from 11 points down in the second half to force overtime, but the Ducks fell to No. 23 ranked Cal, 101-98, on Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.

The Ducks (9-4, 0-2 Pac-12) were led by Chrishae Rowe's 24 points while Jillian Alleyne and Ariel Thomas added 21 each. Lexi Petersen tallied 20 points off the bench.

Despite foul trouble limiting her minutes, Alleyne also grabbed 12 rebounds for her 23rd career double-double, 11th this season and ninth straight.

Cal (10-3, 2-0 Pac-12) jumped out with an early 4-0 run to start the overtime period but a pair jumpers from Rowe sandwiching a free throw from Alleyne gave Oregon the 93-92 lead with 2:25 left in the extra period.

Rashanda Gray knocked down a 10-footer and followed with a pair of free throws to give Cal a three point lead at the 1:18 mark.

Brittany Boyd knocked down five-straight points in the final minute of overtime to seal the victory after Alleyne tied things up at 96 all with 1:05 left to play.

Rowe cut Cal’s lead to four with her third 3-pointer, 78-74, but the Bears answered with a layup and three ball of their own by Boyd to push the lead back to 83-76.

After the media timeout with 3:19 left on the board, Alleyne finished in the paint to complete the 4-0 run by Oregon after Boyd turned it over.  

Gennifer Brandon made her first of two free throws giving Cal an 88-83 lead. Thomas went coast-to-coast on the ensuing missed free throw and completed the three-point play on the other end to put the Ducks within two, 88-86, with 55 second on the clock.

Rowe hit a lay-up with seven seconds remaining to force overtime after the Ducks had forced a five second inbounds violation at the other end to get the ball back.

Oregon led Cal the entire first half and led by as many as seven three separate times thanks to a 17-2 edge in fast break points.

As a team Oregon was 40-of-101 from the floor (39.6 percent) and 8-of-28 from downtown.

Gray had a game-high 33 points and 13 rebounds, 20 of which came in the second half. Cal was 38-of-79 from the field (48.1 percent) while knocking down 6-of-12 shots beyond the arc.

Oregon now heads home for an early Civil War bout with Oregon State at 5 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 11, at Matthew Knight Arena.

Cal Postgame Notebook: Chrishae Rowe's 32 field goal attempts is a new single-game Oregon record...The previous mark was 30 by Bev Smith against both Washington on March 14, 1981 and against Boise State on Jan. 13, 1979...Rowe was four shy of the Pac-12 record of 36 field goal attempts, set by Oregon State's Monica Rasberry against the Ducks on Dec. 10, 1988.

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