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Ducks’ Rally Falls Short in Corvallis

Jan 13, 2014

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon women’s basketball team’s late rally wasn’t enough as the Ducks fell to Oregon State, 84-70, on Monday night at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore.

Jillian Alleyne led the Ducks (9-6, 0-4 Pac-12) with 18 points and 19 boards as all five starters scored 10-or-more points. Lexi Petersen made her first start of the season as senior Danielle Love missed the game after suffering a concussion against Oregon State on Saturday.

It is the Ducks’ seventh-straight loss to the Beavers in the Civil War series and their fourth straight loss this season. 

"We adjusted our zone traps and we tried to take away the lobs right down the middle," said head coach Paul Westhead. "We were mildly successful in that. We got into some early foul trouble which forced me to play more zone than I was willing to do."

Chrishae Rowe finished with 15 points and nine rebounds while Ariel Thomas and Katelyn Loper each scored 11 points. Petersen rounded things out with 10 points.

Oregon State’s (10-6, 2-2 Pac-12) Ruth Hamlin recorded the second triple-double in Oregon State history with 23 points, 12 rebounds and set a school record and career-high with 10 blocks.

The Ducks got as close as 62-61 after Petersen converted a layup on a fast break from Thomas at 8:55.

"We had a nice little run," Westhead said. "(After that) we missed a foul shot or two that could have gotten us higher up. They kind of broke us down defensively a couple times with their penetration, and we struggled to score. Bad combo."

OSU took over from that point forward and finished off the game on a 22-9 run behind Hamblin’s 23 points.

To start the game, neither team went out to a sizeable lead for the first 6:36 minutes before Oregon State strung together a 13-0 run that lasted 2:59 to put the Beavers up 28-18.

Oregon State jumped out to its biggest lead at 38-22 on Jamie Weisner’s third three-pointer of the game at 7:07. The Ducks were able to cut the lead down a couple times, thanks to Alleyne who recorded her 13th double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, and went into the break down 11 points, 44-33. It was Oregon's lowest scoring first half of the season.

As a team, Oregon shot 32 percent from the floor (27-of-85) and just 4-of-22 from behind the arc.

Oregon State shot a blistering 51 percent from the field (35-of-69). Freshman Gabriella Hanson also had a career-high 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting while Weisner chipped in with 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting and 3-of-6 from downtown.

The Ducks could have used Love's size inside against Hamblin, but Westhead made no excuses.

"You play with what you have," said Westhead on missing Love. "Danielle's a very important player for us. I hope that she returns soon."

The Ducks continue their three-game roadtrip at 7 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 17, against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on the Pac-12 Network. The Ducks' other game in Los Angeles - at USC on Sunday - will also be on the Pac-12 Network.

OSU Postgame Notes: Jillian Alleyne posted her 25th career double-double, 13th this season and 11th straight with 18 points and 19 rebounds...She came up just short of her second career 20-20 game.