Ducks Stumble at USC
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Despite Jillian Alleyne's 15th double-double of the season, the Oregon women's basketball team lost, 109-85, at USC on Sunday afternoon.
The Ducks fell to 9-8 (0-6 Pac-12) with the loss while the red-hot Women of Troy improved to 13-6 (6-1). USC, now tied for second in the league standings, has won eight of its last nine games.
Alleyne finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds, for her 13th straight double-double of the season. The sophomore now has 27 career double-doubles in 48 career games.
Chrishae Rowe scored 19 points for the Ducks, who were without starting point guard Ariel Thomas after the senior suffered an ankle injury late in the game on Friday at UCLA. Lexi Petersen, who started in Thomas’ place, scored 14 points and dished out a career-high six assists. Freshman Drea Toler scored a career-high 12 points in 15 minutes on the floor.
USC’s Cassie Harberts scored a game-high 30 points and added 7 rebounds. The Women of Troy saw five players score in double figures and 12 players score points.
After going up 11-8 on a Rowe jumper to start the game, USC went on a 17-3 run to take a 25-14 lead with 9:40 remaining in the first half.
The Women of Troy continued to shoot well in the first half, good from 76.2 percent of their shots as they led 39-26 with 4:47 left in the first half.
At halftime, USC led the Ducks, 50-32. USC shot 71.4 percent from the field (20-of-28) and 66.7 percent from three (4-of-6) in the opening 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the Ducks shot 30.6 percent (11-of-36) and 7.7 percent from beyond the arc (1-of-13).
Oregon started out the second half on a 9-2 run to make it a 52-41 USC lead with 17:18 left to play.
The Ducks would cut USC’s lead down to 11 again, at 61-50, with 14:47 remaining, but USC responded with a 12-4 run to take a 73-54 lead with 12:36 left and never looked back.
After playing five of their first six conference games on the road, the Ducks come back to Matthew Knight Arena next weekend to host Washington State on Friday and Washington on Sunday.
USC POSTGAME NOTES: The Ducks went 29-of-37 at the free throw line, their third most made free throws in a game this season…USC’s 64.3 field goal percentage was the most allowed by the Ducks in a game this season…No. 1 ranked UConn shot 63.8 percent (44-of-69) against the Ducks in a 114-68 win on Nov. 20.