Eugene, OR – The No. 10-ranked Oregon Ducks ran out to a 13-0 lead and didn’t look back in a 91-34 opening win over an over-matched Idaho State team. Sedona Prince scored 18 points on 9-of-10 from the field to lead the Ducks. Maddie Scherr was effective running the point, scoring 14 points on 6-of-9 from the field including 2-of-3 3s. She added five assists and four rebounds. Nyara Sabally finished with 14 points in 15 minutes of play but left the game and headed to the locker room with an apparent lower leg injury midway through the third quarter. Oregon was playing without starting guards Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers who both will be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future. That didn’t matter against the reigning Big Sky champion Bengals.
Oregon extended their 13-0 lead to 25-6 at the end of the first quarter as the 6-5 Sabally connected on all five of her shots from the field and scored 11 points. The Ducks made 11 of their 15 shots in the quarter. Oregon extended their lead to 42-9 before Idaho State scored eight straight points to make things a little more reasonable. The Ducks led at the half 50-20. Scherr, getting additional minutes due to Paopao and Rogers’ absence, scored 10 first half points, hit 2-of-3 3s and added four rebounds and three assists. Prince also added ten points, shooting 5-of-6 from the field. Sabally finished with het 11 first half points. Oregon shot 60.6 percent (20-of-33) from the field including 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from deep. They out-rebounded Idaho State 23-13 and held the Bengals to 1-of-12 three-point shooting.
Sabally left the game with her injury with Oregon ahead 61-25 with 5:07 left in the third quarter. The Ducks started the third quarter with a seven-point run and outscored Idaho State 22-9 to take a 72-29 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Ducks then scored the first 12 points of the fourth quarter and coasted to the 57-point win.
The Ducks shot 61 percent (36-of-59) from the field and 46.7 percent (7-of-15) on three-pointers. They forced Idaho State into 23 turnovers. Oregon continues play at home on Sunday afternoon against Dixie State.