Eugene, OR – UC Davis (4-2) snapped the Oregon women’s team 44-game streak of non-conference home wins, topping the Ducks 68-62 this afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena in front of 7,090 fans. Cierra Hall led the Aggies with 13 points while Sage Stobbart added 11 points, including three 3-pointers, all in the second half.
An 11-point third quarter run put the Aggies in control of the game with a ten-point lead. Oregon never seriously threatened after that. They had a chance to cut their deficit to four points late but missed three straight three-pointers in the same possession. The Ducks shot only 2-of-15 from deep in the second half (1-of-8 in the fouth quarter) and 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) overall. Sedona Prince and Ahlise Hurst led Oregon with 11 points each. Prince connected on 4-of-5 from the field but only pulled down one rebound. Hurst, after making her first three 3s in the contest was only one of her last seven shots from deep.
Then Ducks (3-3) faced a UC Davis squad has 11 returning players from a team that finished 13-3 and won the Big West Title last season. Oregon remained short-handed with three of their better players, Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Papao and Endiya Rogers still out of action due to injury. Oregon came off back-to-back losses last week in the Bahamas to top-ranked South Carolina and South Florida. This loss was their third in a row.
The first half was tight throughout with Oregon taking 35-34 lead into the break. UC Davis led for much of the half and were ahead 17-14 after the first quarter. Hurst kept the Ducks close hitting all three of her attempts from long distance. Oregon took their first lead since early in the game on a Maddie Scherr bucket with 2:12 left that gave them a 30-29 lead. Prince hit on three mid-range jumpers and was effective in the half with nine points. The Aggies’ leading scorer, Hall, lead them at the half with nine points as well, making all four of her free throws. The statistics at the half were very even with nothing much separating the teams. Oregon’s 6-8 freshman, Phillipina Kyei used her height advantage inside to score five points and grab five rebounds (four offensive) in five minutes of action.
UC Davis started the third quarter strong with an 11-point run to take a 51-41 lead. When Scherr hit a jumper to cut the Aggies’ lead to 51-44 it was the Ducks first field goal in five minutes and 36 seconds. The Aggies took a 53-46 lead int the final stanza. They out-rebounded the Ducks 12-7 and held the to 28.6 percent shooting (1-of-7 3s) in the quarter.
Oregon will try to get back on the winning side when they travel to Portland to face the Pilots on Saturday. UC Davis returns home to face Washington State, also on Saturday.