OREGON WOMEN GRAB 11TH STRAIGHT VICTORY WITH DECISIVE 80-66 WIN OVER NO. 7 UCLA – Bruins Have No Answer for Hebard Who Adds 30 Points and 17 Rebounds
Looking to bolster their post season resume and win their third straight Pac-12 Conference title, the No. 3 Oregon ( 23-2 / 12-1 ) women’s basketball team confidently walked into Pauley Pavilion Friday evening and decisively dispatched No. 7 UCLA 80-66. It was the Ducks eleventh consecutive win and eighth over a Top 25 opponent. Leading the way was Ruthy Hebard who was indefensible inside scoring 30 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. The Bruins ( 21-3 / 10-3 ) had no answer for the Ducks inside attack allowing 42 of the Ducks 80 points in the paint.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Kelly Graves had a plan of attack Friday evening in the Ducks 80-66 win over the 7th ranked Bruins.
From the get go, the Ducks wanted to pound the ball inside and that’s exactly what they did with Ruthy Hebard who dominated the game with 3o points on 14 of 19 shooting.
Oh yeah, and she also grabbed 17 boards.
In the first ten minutes the Ducks raced out to a 22-8 lead and really never looked back.
In the first half, the Ducks shot a blistering 60% from the field ( 18 of 30 ) and 5 of 9 from distance to take a 20 point lead, 48-28, into the halftime break.
Oregon’s terrific defense and the Bruins poor shooting performance in the first two quarters allowed the Ducks to take their commanding first half lead.
UCLA would shoot just 12% from the field connecting on just 2 of 17 shots in the first quarter.
In the second quarter it wasn’t much better for UCLA hitting a total of just 8 of 28 shots for a paltry 29%. In fact, the Bruins star and leading scorer, Michaela Onyenwere, was held to just 6 points. She would eventually end her evening with 23 points connecting on 9 of 19 attempts.
Normally a good shooting team from distance, the Bruins connected on just 1 of 13 shots from beyond the arc.
Coming into the game all eyes were on Sabrina Ionescu who was just three assists shy of reaching 1,000 for her career. She reached that mark in the first ten minutes dishing the ball four times to help the Ducks take the early fourteen point lead.
Ionescu would end the game with 8 assists.
In the second half, the Ducks stretched their lead to 26 points at 67-41 at the 2:01 mark of the third quarter when Hebard spun to the basket and scored on a short layup.
That lead would evaporate though to just ten points at the 2:06 mark of the fourth quarter when the Bruins went on a 15-7 run over a seven and a half minute span.
The Ducks would hang on though outscoring the Bruins 6-2 over the next 1:42 to seal the win.
Oregon had just two players in double figures. Hebard’s 30 points with Sabrina Ionescu adding 18 on 6 of 13 shooting.
Hebard’s double-double ( 30 points, 17 rebounds ) was the 51st of her Oregon career.
It was a paltry shooting night for both Satou Sabally who hit just 4 of 9 shots for 9 points and sharpshooter Erin Boley who scored just 3 points on a lone 3 pointer in the second half.
The Ducks ended up connecting on 32 of 58 attempts for 55% and hitting 6 of 15 from beyond the arc.
Minyon Moore’s return to Los Angeles was a successful one. Moore contributed 9 points and 3 assists.
Oregon now has Saturday off and will take on USC on Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Galen Center.