Ducks Rout Golden Bears, 100-41
BERKELEY, Calif. – After dropping consecutive games for the first time in nearly two years, the Oregon women's basketball team bounced back in emphatic fashion with a 100-41 win over California on Sunday afternoon in Haas Pavilion.
The No. 11 Ducks (9-2, 7-2) used a strong finish to the first quarter and a dominant second quarter to build a 31-point lead at halftime, and Oregon kept its foot on the gas the rest of the way to hand California (0-10, 0-7) its worst loss in program history.
"I just thought we were on-point defensively," said head coach Kelly Graves. "We were running around, our kids were aggressive, we were causing turnovers, and then we got it going in transition. We haven't had a transition game like that in a while, I know it's been one of our focuses and I was glad to see us put that together. A lot of kids played well today."
Oregon finished with 29 points off a season-high 23 forced turnovers, and 11 different Ducks found the scoring column. UO held Cal to just 29.1 percent (16-of-55) shooting from the floor and 6.3 percent (1-of-16) from three-point range.
Back on track.
— Oregon Women's Basketball (@OregonWBB) January 11, 2021
How it Happened: Oregon jumped out to a 10-2 lead behind six points from Taylor Chavez before Cal battled back to get within three, 18-15. Te-Hina Paopao quickly answered with a lay-in, igniting an 8-0 run that gave UO a 26-15 lead through the first 10 minutes.
The Ducks kept that momentum going into the second quarter, with Kylee Watson making three straight baskets to push Oregon's run to 14-0. UO scored six more points sandwiched between a pair of Cal buckets, the only four points the Golden Bears would score in the period. Jaz Shelley and Taylor Mikesell each had a pair of baskets to ignite a 12-0 Oregon run to close out the quarter, sending the Ducks into the locker room with a comfortable 50-19 lead.
UO outscored the Golden Bears 24-4 in the second quarter while going 10-of-17 from the floor and holding Cal to just 2-of-15 shooting. Oregon had 11 different players find the scoring column in the first half.
Oregon didn't let up out of the break, scoring the first nine points of the third quarter to extend its scoring run to 21-0 and take a 40-point lead. Leading 70-27 with just more than two minutes to go in the third, the Ducks closed the period on a 9-0 run – fueled by six points from Chavez – to take a 52-point advantage into the fourth quarter. UO held Cal to single-digit points for the second straight period, outscoring the Golden Bears 29-8.
The Ducks finished off the victory with a 21-14 advantage in the fourth quarter, reaching 100 points for the second time this season and first in Pac-12 play. Lydia Giomi made a pair of baskets down the stretch to push Oregon over the century mark.
Who Stood Out: Six different players scored in double figures for the second time this season, with Chavez, Paopao and Sabally sharing the team lead with 13 apiece. Watson finished with a career-high 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, Boley added 11 and Mikesell had 10. Paopao matched her season-high with seven assists against just one turnover, and Boley, Sabally, Angela Dugalic and Sydney Parrish each had six rebounds.
Notable: 59 points is Oregon's largest margin of victory in Pac-12 play this season, and second-largest of the season (65 vs. Seattle) … Oregon's five freshmen combined for 41 points, 23 rebounds and 16 assists …The Ducks have now won five straight over Cal with an average margin of victory of 42.2 points … 11 different players scored for Oregon, marking the eighth time this season at least 10 different Ducks have found the scoring column … UO avoided losing three straight games for the first time since 2016-17.
Up Next: No. 11 Oregon will take on No. 7 Arizona on Thursday at 4 p.m. PT in Tucson. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.