Huskies Battle Hard, But No. 13 Oregon Prevails, 69-52
EUGENE, Ore. – Five Oregon players scored in double figures, led by 16 from Sedona Prince, to lead the 13th-ranked Ducks to a 69-52 win over Washington on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Huskies (4-6, 1-6 Pac-12) were coming off a three-week layoff due to COVID-19 protocols – including 10 days of no activities – and spent much of the day kicking off the rust and chasing the Ducks (11-3, 9-3) from behind.
"We had a tough time finding our rhythm in the first half with some uncertainties," Husky coach Jody Wynn said. "I think we settled in better during the second half. We moved the ball and made some good plays defensively."
UW took an early 7-5 lead on a corner three from Haley Van Dyke in the first quarter, but Oregon responded with a 12-0 run and never trailed again.
The Ducks were playing without two of their top three scorers in forwards Erin Bowley (back) and Nyara Sabally (ankle), but had enough depth and plenty of height to run away from the Huskies.
The 6-foot-7 Prince and Seattle native, 6-foot-6, Lydia Giomi combined for all nine points to open up the second quarter and balloon Oregon's lead to 26-12 with 6:36 left in the first half. But UW responded with an 8-0 run to close the gap to six point – highlighted by Jess Finney's first career bucket, a three-pointer in front of the Ducks' bench and capped by a Van Dyke layup.
Oregon would open up a 20-point lead in the third quarter, but UW would go on a 7-0 run to get within 13 less than a minute into the fourth quarter. The Ducks would respond with an 11-2 run to take a 22-point lead, their biggest of the game, 63-41, but the never-die Huskies answered with an 11-0 run to cut the lead in half.
A Prince jumper with 1:53 left to play ended any hopes of a Washington comeback as Oregon would score the final six points of the game to send the Huskies' to their fourth-straight defeat.
The Huskies shot 30.2 percent from the field for the game and were better from three-point range (9 of 26, .346 percent) than two-point territory (10 of 37, .270 percent). Prince's presence in the middle proved to be a tall task for the Huskies as she altered UW shots all day and got her hands on five Husky attempts.
The Ducks had eight block shots to the Huskies one, and outrebounded the Huskies, 42-35, leading Wynn to admit that: "Their length and rebounding ability really bothered us today."
Van Dyke led the Huskies with 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and three steals. Freshman Tameiya Sadler chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds, four steals and four assists. Junior Darcy Rees was the Huskies only other double-figure scorer with 10 points – six coming in the fourth quarter on a pair of three-point buckets.
Washington returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Oregon State. The Huskies and Beavers tip at 4:00 p.m. PT.