No. 7 Oregon 66, No. 10 Washington State 45
March 7, 2008
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Taylor Lilley scored 20 points and Ellie Manou scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Oregon past a sluggish start and defeat Washington State in the first game of the Pac-10 Tournament on Friday night. Oregon moves on to play No. 2 seed California in Saturday's quarterfinal round.
A sophomore guard and All-Pac-10 third team selection, Lilley shot 4-of-6 from the field, including 3-of-3 from the three-point line, in the second half after shooting just 3-of-8 (1-of-6 beyond the arc) in the first 20 minutes. As a team Oregon shot just 10-of-25 (40 percent) while the Cougars shot 50 percent (11-of-22) in the first half. WSU took a 28-23 halftime lead thanks in part to a first-half game-high 12 points by Jasmine Williams.
But the Ducks came out strong in the second stanza. Down 32-25 with 18:31 remaining, Lilley sparked the comeback with a midcourt steal that she converted into a breakaway layup. Lilley, who wound up with a game-high four steals, then hit a three, and Oregon got buckets from senior guard Kaela Chapdelaine and Manou to complete a 9-0 run and take a 34-32 lead at 15:13. Manou, a 6-3 freshman forward, was a force on the inside all game long, notching the first double-double of her career.
Tied again at 34-34, Lilly again sparked the Ducks with a three that gave them a 37-34 lead. Oregon pushed the lead to double digits on a trey by sophomore guard Micaela Cocks that gave the Ducks a 51-39 lead with 9:49 remaining.
Defensively, the Ducks put the clamps on WSU after the break, allowing the Cougars to shoot just 5-of-23 (21.7 percent) from the field after their strong start to the game. WSU's Williams shot 2-of-5 and scored just five points in the second half to finish with a team-high 17. Oregon also won the battle of the boards after holding a 15-13 halftime lead in that department, finishing with a 37-25 advantage on the boards.
Cougars junior center Ebonee Coates pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with her seven points. Chapdelaine, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection and honorable mention All-Pac-10 defender, dished out a game-high seven assists for the Ducks.