In the first of two matchups between tonight and Monday, Oregon and Oregon State were going to do battle, the first one being in a sold out Matthew Knight Arena. This is one of the biggest rivalries in college sports and on top of that, both teams came into this game ranked in the top-10 and are viewed as teams who can make a run to the Final Four, and this one lived up to the hype.
Oregon got off to a fast start, being lead by their stars Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard. Oregon used that dynamic duo, paired with pretty good defense on the Oregon State guards, lead Oregon to an 18-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter started to see each team heat up offensively. Oregon was able to take a 25-18 lead on a Ruth Hebard layup, but after that Oregon State made a really nice run and actually took a 28-27 lead on a three by Taya Corosdale and then extended that lead to 30-27 on a pair of free throws by Mikayla Pivec.
After that Oregon State run, Oregon went on a run of it’s own, getting a couple of free throws and a three-pointer from Sabrina Ionescu, a pair of free throws from Maite Cazorla and a pair of buckets from Satou Sabally. Aleah Goodman was able to get into the paint for a layup for the final bucket of the first half to cut Oregon’s halftime lead to 39-35.
The third quarter is where Oregon really separated itself. They held Oregon State to just 11 points in the quarter, forcing a couple of shot clock violations and some other turnovers. It was a lackluster quarter offensively for the Ducks as well, but they were able to piece together enough good looks to win the quarter 17-11 and take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was mostly the teams just trading baskets. Destiny Slocum got really hot for Oregon State and was able to keep them in the game with a chance to steal it all the way up to the last couple of minutes, but ultimately Oregon had too much firepower on offense and between Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally, it was just too much for Oregon State to have to defend while also trying to get baskets each possession down on offense.
The teams played extremely even for the most part, but two stats really made the difference. Oregon State shot 6/21 (28.6%) from three while Oregon shot 9/17 (52.9%) from three and the other stat was Oregon State assisting on only 11 baskets while turning the ball over 10 times and on the flip side Oregon assisted on 21 baskets, while only turning the ball over three times (yes, only three times).
Oregon and Oregon State will do battle again on Monday but this time it will be at Gill Coliseum on Corvallis.