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Ducks Fly Past Pilots, 113-86
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Release Date: 11/12/2013
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EUGENE, Ore.Jillian Alleyne, Chrishae Rowe and Katelyn Loper combined for 70 points as the trio guided the Oregon women's basketball team past Portland, 111-86, on Tuesday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Laura Stanulis chipped in with 10 points while Ariel Thomas scored 12.

With the win, Oregon (2-0) extended its home winning streak against the Pilots (1-1) to 17-0 and 25-5 overall.

“The 2-0 start is great,” said Alleyne. “I love to see my teammates smile and laugh. It’s the best feeling to get a win and work hard.”

The Ducks also hit the 100-point mark for the second game in a row, four counting both exhibition games as well.

“We really struggled last year with our perimeter shooting,” said head coach Paul Westhead. “Now we are really strong with our threes, and then we have Jillian, who is really strong inside. There is some yin and yang there. That combination is really hard for opponents to defend.”

Alleyne notched her second double-double in as many games and finished the night with 25 points and 13 rebounds. She also went 9-of-11 at the free throw line.

“Jillian at the free throw line last year wasn’t as strong and you could see that in her body language,” Westhead said. “Now, she does it and wants more. That growth also shows throughout the rest of her play.”

Three days removed from breaking the school and Pac-12 scoring record, the Ducks got off to a much more modest start against Portland. Alleyne scored the opening bucket 40 seconds into the game but the Pilots went on a 9-2 run that spanned for 3:02.

The Ducks responded with a 15-2 run of their own capped off by a Janitah Iamaleava layup to give Oregon a 29-21 lead. Alexis Byrd kept the Pilots within striking distance with 16 points in the first half, but the Ducks went on a 19-8 run in the last five minutes and took a 54-36 lead into the break.

Oregon jumped out to a 6-0 run to start the second half thanks to a three-pointer by Thomas followed by a jumper from Alleyne to push the lead to 60-36. With the score at 75-54 and with 12:57 remaining in the half, Kari Luttinen led the charge for Portland as the Pilots went on an 10-0 run cutting the Ducks’ lead to 75-64. The 10-point margin was the closest Portland got to the Ducks the rest of the game.

Rowe found her groove in the latter half of the game rattling off 18 of her 22 points in the second half giving Oregon its biggest lead of the night, 104-77, on a jumper from the right wing with 2:10 left to play.

Loper also pitched in with 11 of her 23 points in the second half, firing in three shots from downtown.

Oregon and Portland combined for 50 fouls on the night and 74 free throw attempts between the two.

“We like to play a fast-paced game,” said Rowe. “The fouls were not what we were looking for, but coach said if that’s how the game is being played then we need to go to the basket hard and knock down free throws.”

“I mentioned to the team that we really got ourselves into some foul trouble with a lot of our key players,” said Westhead. “People played at different positions."

As a team, Oregon shot 46.1 percent from the field and 10-of-30 from downtown. The Ducks held a slight edge over the Pilots on the boards, 51-56.

Portland was led by Byrd with 23 points while three other players scored in double-figures.

Oregon returns to action at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Matthew Knight Arena against Sacramento State before departing to Hartford, Conn., to face defending national champion Connecticut. 

POSTGAME NOTES: With the win, Oregon is now 17-0 at home all-time against Portland...The Ducks had three 20-point scorers for the second straight game...Jillian Alleyne recorded her 14th career double-double and second of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds...Oregon forced a 10-second backcourt violation in the first half, the first of the season...The rule was introduced to women’s basketball this year...Despite shooting just 25 percent from three-point range in the first half (4-of-16), Oregon made up for it by going  10-of-19 on shots inside the arc...With 11:48 left in the first half, Oregon was down 19-17, but the Ducks closed out the half on a 37-17 run...Chrishae Rowe scored seven of the Ducks’ first 16 points after halftime.

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